Watch Carl Hall play basketball and you'll know why the Missouri Valley Conference fears him.
He is a tenacious rebounder, a true force in the paint at 6'8" and 238 pounds and don't forget about his hair. It all adds to the intimidation factor he has on the court.
But you can't help but notice the glasses he wears.
"When I first tried them on, I hated them," Hall said. "But I was squinting one day and Coach (Gregg) Marshall told me to get my eyes checked, so I went and got them checked and I needed glasses bad!"
His vision was so bad that he could barely see the writing on the basketball at times. The presciption lenses have been a revelation for Hall in 2013.
"I was blind for so long that when I put the glasses on, it was like I was blind again because the rim was so clear," said Hall. "So I started hitting free throws in practice and coach told me I had to wear them."
It's all been a part of a wild season for Hall on and off the court. He leads the team with six double doubles, and is the team's leading rebounder with 146. More impressively, two of his six came after he came back from surgery on his right thumb.
"It was hard at first because I didn't want anyone to hit it," he said. "But after the Illinois State game it got hit, and it was painful but I overcame it."
"The Beast is just a guy that wanted to be in there and helping our team win," Head Coach Gregg Marshall said. "He has overcome quite a bit, not just the thumb but physically he's overcome quite a bit to be in his sixth year of college basketball, and be doing as well as he's doing."
It's easy to forget that Hall wasn't supposed to be playing college basketball. A heart condition sidelined him back in his native Georgia, before a stint at North West Florida State College got him back on the court.
That heart condition allowed Hall to ask for a sixth year of eligibity for medical reasons and before the first game of the season, the NCAA granted him a sixth year.
Marshall uses a lot of tactics to motivate Hall in practice but the best is reminding him of his football roots. Hall was a football player all of his life and it took a lot of convincing to give up football for basketball full time. Turns out, he might not be done with the gridiron, after all.
"I just miss it - because football was my first love," said Hall. "I'm a football player at heart so I just miss the game. There is no better feeling."
A defensive end and tight end all of his life, Hall watched videos of Jimmy Graham, Antonio Gates and other players who played basketball in college but then transitioned to the NFL. He is truly considering training for a year to become a tight end in the NFL after basketball is done.
"I need to get up to 260-270 and then go for a tryout."
For now he has four guaranteed games to continue making an impact with the Shockers, playing basketball like a football player."
"I've got a few more weeks of my final season, so the coaches have been reminding me that this is my last trip."