BALTIMORE, Md. – Head coach Lee Hull and staff will take to the practice fields with their players for the first time Tuesday, March 18 at approximately 3:30 p.m. for the official start of the 2014 Morgan State football spring drills.
The 2014 springs drills – 15 practices, including the Blue-Orange Spring Game April 26 – kick off a couple of historic notes for the football program, which will play its 106th season this fall:
1. The practices will mark the first opportunity for Hull and his staff to work on drills and skills after seeing only conditioning and training exercises since Hull took sole leadership of the program Jan. 9; and
2. Spring drills will also signify the start of Morgan State’s 38th season of football in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
The drills will additionally give the Bears players an opportunity to see, hear and feel football on the fields under their new coach.
“Spring ball will be very competitive,” said Morgan State head coach Lee Hull. “We are looking to find out who our playmakers are at every position.”
“I expect the players to be very focused, enthusiastic and hard working. This is a very exciting time for the Morgan State football program.”
What Hull will, or will not see in terms of numbers when he assembles his 84 players on the practice fields this spring will be:
+ A senior class comprised of 13 individuals;
+ 73 lettermen returning off the 2013 team (39 on offense, 31 on defense and 3 specialists)
+ 16 departed lettermen (10 on offense, 6 on defense and 0 specialists);
+12 returning starters, including six on defense (LB Cody Acker, LB Christopher Robinson, LB Bill Hill, DB Deshaun Summers, S Paul Eatman, DL Heleiance Gates, six on offense (QB Seth Higgins, RB Lamont Brown III, WR Antonio Jefferson, OL Daniel Onwuegbu, OL Darren Pinnock, FB Dionte Holland).
+ The return of both kickers – P Lawrence Forbes – PK Chris Moller and long snapper Willie Gillus
+ Eight departed starters, including offensive lineman Karim Barton, wideout Chris Flowers, wideout Tubotein Taylor. Cornerback Joe Rankin, defensive lineman Lucson Noel, linebacker Stephen Blissett, free safety Darien Irby, cornerback Lafredo Brady
+ The 2014 recruiting class is comprised of 10 true freshmen
PRACTICE DATES, TICKETS & MORE
Practice Dates: The Bears will practice on the following dates:
March 18, 20, 22
April 1, 3, 5, 8, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24 and 26.
Spring Game: Saturday, April 26, 2014