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Morgan wraps 2013 season Saturday at Delaware State

Posted on 22 November 2013 by WNST Staff

MSU (4-7, 4-3 MEAC) at Delaware State (5-5, 5-2 MEAC)
Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013 – 2 p.m. ET
Alumni Stadium (30,000)
Dover, Del.

GAME TIME
The Bears (4-6, 4-3) will travel to square-off against the Delaware State Hornets in a Mid-Eastern Conference matchup on Saturday (Nov. 23) in Dover (Del). Head coach Kermit Blount leads the Hornets. Delaware State (5-5, 5-2) extended to a 2-game winning streak after a 29-21 conference victory against Florida A&M last Saturday in Tallahassee. The Bears dropped a 38-3 decision against South Carolina State at Oliver Bulldog Stadium in an ESPNU Thursday night matchup. Donald Hill-Eley, ranked third among winning coaches at MSU, enters his 12th year as head coach of the Bears.  Game time at Alumni Stadium is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET.

THE BEARS-HORNETS MATCHUP 
• The Bears and Hornets will meet for the 56th time since 1945 … Morgan State leads the series 31-24.
• MSU won the first matchup in 1945 by a score of 27-0.
• Last time against the Hornets (Oct. 25, 2012) … Delaware State’s defense stopped the Bears on a fourth down play inside of the Hornets’ territory to hold off the Bears tonight 28-23 at Hughes Stadium in front of an ESPNU audience. Elko and Tarpley caused major problems for the Bears defense all night long. At one point, Elko completed a Delaware State record 17 consecutive passes. Elko was 33 of 43 for 398 yards and two touchdowns on the night. Tarpley finished with a game-high 12 catches for 143 yards, including a pair of touchdowns.
• The last time the Bears defeated by Delaware State was on Oct. 29, 2011 … In just his fourth college game, Tracy Martin ran for a game-high 154 yards on 38 carries and scored the only points of the game, helping the Bears grind out a 12-0 victory over Delaware State and stretch their winning streak to three straight.
The Bears played smash-mouth football throughout most of the ballgame and simply dominated the time of possession  (39:53 – 20:07) — recording their first shutout since October 7, 2006 when they posted a 32-0 win on the road against North Carolina A&T.

ABOUT THE HORNETS
• Kermit Blount (Winston-Salem State ’80) is wrapping up his third season as head coach of the Delaware State Hornets. During his second year at the school, he led DSU to a 6-5 overall record, the team’s first winning mark since 2007 and a three-game improvement from the previous season. The 2012 Hornets also posted five MEAC wins, four more than the previous year.
• Delaware State returns 41 lettermen, including 15 starters from last year’s team.
• In 2012, the Bulldogs finished with a 6-5 overall record and 5-3 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC).
• QB Corey Murphy (6-1, 205, Santa Clara, Calif.) is the MEAC’s leading passer. The senior has completed 175 of 316 passes for 1,928 yards. He’s currently completing 55.4 percent of his passes (No. 7 in MEAC in pass efficiency; No. 2 in total offense – 2,007 yds) and has thrown a total of 10 TDs and 12 INTs. Murphy threw a pair of TDs against Florida A&M and finished the game 10 of 15 for 141 yards.
• MSU’s defense will have to also account for standout freshman WR Malik Golson (5-9, 180) leads the MEAC in receptions per game (5.1) and ranks No. 3 by averaging 49.9 receiving yards per game. Through 10 games he has 51 receptions for 499 yards and has scored four touchdowns.
• The Hornets ranks among the top in the MEAC in a few categories. DSU ranks No. 1 in penalties (41.7 avg); No. 2 in pass offense (209.6 avg); No. 2 in red zone defense (71.8 pct); and No. 3 in 3rd down conversions (37.7 pct).
• MSU’s offense will have to account for senior defender Ernest Adjei. Adjei, a 6-0, 230 pound LB, ranks No. 16 in the MEAC with 75 tackles (31 solo), 10 tackles for loss and a pair of sacks from his  linebacker position.

QUICK HITS
• MSU will enter the 2013 season with a number of veterans … the Bears’ roster includes 13 seniors and 15 juniors.
• The Bears backfield lost All-MEAC running back Travis “Juice” Davidson to graduation, however the backfield is loaded with talented young players like Lamont Brown III, Herb Walker Jr., Tracy Martin and Orlando Johnson who will compete for the starting RB spot.
• Morgan State ranks 6th in MEAC total offense by averaging 304.6 yards per game (4.8 per play).
• MSU ranks No. 4 in the MEAC in running the ball … The Bears are averaging 173.5 yards per game on 487 carries and have scored 14 TDs on the ground.
• Redshirt-freshman running back Lamont Brown III ranks No. 8 in the MEAC in rushing with 576 yards on 127 attempts and has scored three TDs.
• MSU QB Robert Council ranks No. 9 in the MEAC in total offense (108.8 ypg) … he has accounted for 598 passing yards and has rushed for 381 yards.
•  The Bears added four new coaches to the 2013 staff … the new coaches are: Jerry Holmes (DC), Gordon Gregory (OC), LeAndre Creamer (DB) and Marcus Gladden(OL).

RUN GAME POWERS OFFENSE … Morgan State’s rushing game has powered the team to a No. 4 ranking in the MEAC (173.5 ypg), 7thin scoring (19.4 ppg) and 6th in total offense (304.6 ypg). Morgan State’s 1,908 rushing yards through the first 11 games is already more than they recorded during the 2012 season (1,647 yards) … in fact, it’s already the most rushing yards gained in the last four years. With one game remaining on the schedule, the Bears are on pace to eclipse the 2,040 rushing yards they posted during the 2008 season…just 132 yards to go.

TIME IS ON OUR SIDE … The Bears have notched four games with a time of possession of more than 40 minutes. The Bears held a season-high 41:01 – 28:48 advantage in the win at NCCU. The Bears currently rank among the league leaders ranked No. 3 in the MEAC in time of possession (31:49 avg/g).

FINISHING TOUCHES … MSU  has been pretty good this season when it comes to scoring in the red zone. Through the first 11 games, the Bears have scored 26-of-33 (79%) times inside its opponent’s 20 yardline. MSU ranks No. 5 in the MEAC in red zone scoring.

GETTING DEFENSIVE … The Morgan State defense has eight players with at least 30 tackles so far this season.
• Junior linebacker Cody Acker leads the way with 88 stops (T-14th in MEAC), including a season-high 14 tackles against Norfolk State (Sept. 28).
• The next highest is senior Darien Irby who has posted 54 tackles from his starting strong safety position.

COLLECTING INTERCEPTIONS … The Bears have recorded 13 interceptions through 11 games. CB Deshaun Summers and S Paul Eatman leads the way with three picks apiece, followed by CB Joe Rankin has a pair of INTs, while SS Peterson Janvier and LBs Bill Hill and Cody Acker and Andrew Mitchell each have an interception to their credit. MSU currently ranks T-No. 27 in the FCS in interceptions (No. 4 in the MEAC).

NOTABLE NATIONAL NOTES …  Here are a few national statistics of note on offense, defense and special teams that pertain to the Bears:
• Morgan State is 25th nationally in net punting (37.5) and redshirt freshman punter Lawrence Forbes ranks No. 5 (44.5 avg) and has dropped 13 of his 48 punts inside of the opponents’ 20-yard line.
•  Morgan State is 17th nationally in punt returns (2nd in the MEAC – 11.3).
•  The Bears offense ranks 24th nationally in time of possession (31 avg TOP).
•  MSU 16th nationally in passing yards per completion (13.6).
•  Junior linebacker Cody Acker ranks 21st nationally in solo tackles (59).

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Morgan travels to SC State for nationally televised contest Thursday night

Posted on 13 November 2013 by WNST Staff

MSU (4-6, 4-2 MEAC) at South Carolina State (6-3, 4-1 MEAC)
Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013 – 7:30 p.m. ET
Dawson Bulldog Stadium (22,000)
Orangeburg, S.C.

THE BROADCASTS
Television: ESPNU, Mark Neely will call the play-by-play and Jay Walker is the color analyst.

GAME TIME
The Bears (4-6, 4-2) will travel to square-off against the South Carolina State Bulldogs in a Mid-Eastern Conference matchup on Thursday (Nov. 14) in Orangeburg (S.C.). Head coach Buddy Pough leads the Bulldogs. South Carolina State (6-3, 4-1) extended to a 2-game winning streak after a 25-21 conference victory against Florida A&M last Saturday in Orangeburg. The Bears needed a field goal at the buzzer to complete a thrilling comeback 24-23 victory against South Carolina State at Hughes Stadium.Donald Hill-Eley, ranked third among winning coaches at MSU, enters his 12th year as head coach of the Bears.  Game time at Dawson Bulldog Stadium is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by ESPNU. There will also be a live radio broadcast of the game on WEAA, 88.9 FM.

THE BEARS-BULLDOGS MATCHUP 
• The Bears and Bulldogs will meet for the 36th time since 1971 … South Carolina State leads the series 29-5-1.
• MSU won the first matchup in 1971 by a score of 21-0; SCSU has won eight straight against the Bears, including a 32-10 win at Hughes Stadium on Nov. 12, 2010.
• Last time against the Bulldogs (Nov. 12, 2010) … The Bears couldn’t stop No. 15 South Carolina State’s big-play offense and couldn’t get away from the Bulldogs’ attacking defense. Those were the main reasons South Carolina State handed the Bears a 32-10 loss in an ESPNU nationally televised game at Hughes Stadium.
The Bulldogs sacked Morgan State freshman quarterback Delonte Williams eight times and forced him to run for his life time and again. In the first half, the Bears gained 183 yards, but they posted minus-29 yards in the second half — when they gave up a safety and couldn’t get going.
• The last time the Bears defeated by S.C. State was on Nov. 16, 2012 … Morgan State is 1-8 against South Carolina State under Coach Hill … his single win was during his first season at the helm when his Bears travelled to Orangeburg and came away with a shocking 23-12 victory.

ABOUT THE BULLDOGS
• Oliver “Buddy” Pough is in his 12th season as head football coach at South Carolina State, his alma mater. Since succeeding head coach emeritus Willie Jeffries as Bulldog head coach in 2002, Pough has established SC State football as one of the top programs in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). During an 11-year tenure at the school his teams have also captured two MEAC titles (2008 & 2009) outright, shared two others (2004, 2010), and made three trips to the prestigious FCS playoffs (2008, 2009 and 2010). His overall and conference records at SC State trail only Jeffries.
• South Carolina State returns 40 lettermen, including 17 starters from last year’s team.
• In 2012, the Bulldogs finished with a 5-6 overall record and 4-4 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC).
• R-Senior QB Richard Cue (6-1, 180) leads the Bulldogs offense by completing 112 of 201 passes for 1,308 yards and 12 touchdowns. He’s currently completing 55.7 percent of his passes (No. in MEAC in pass efficiency) and has thrown a total of 12 touchdowns and seven interceptions.
• MSU’s defense will have to also account for standout senior WR Tyler McDonald (6-3, 190) is the MEAC’s leading receiver by averaging 80.6 yards per game. Through nine games he has 37 receptions for 725 yards and has scored six touchdowns.
• The Bulldogs also have a potent ground game led by freshman RB Justin Taylor.  The Atlanta, Ga. product ranks among the league leaders in rushing with 538 yards on 153 carries (Ranked 4th in the MEAC) and has scored six rushing TDs.
• MSU’s offense will have to account for senior defender Joe Thomas. Thomas, a 6-0, 230 pound LB, ranks No. 5 in the MEAC with 88 tackles (63 solo).

QUICK HITS
• MSU will enter the 2013 season with a number of veterans … the Bears’ roster includes 13 seniors and 15 juniors.
• The Bears backfield lost All-MEAC running back Travis “Juice” Davidson to graduation, however the backfield is loaded with talented young players like Lamont Brown III, Herb Walker Jr., Tracy Martin and Orlando Johnson who will compete for the starting RB spot.
• Morgan State ranks 5th in MEAC total offense by averaging 321.7 yards per game (5.1 per play).
• MSU ranks No. 3 in the MEAC in running the ball … The Bears are averaging 182.3 yards per game on 445 carries and have scored 14 TDs on the ground.
• Redshirt-freshman running back Lamont Brown III ranks No 6 in the MEAC in rushing with 571 yards on 122 attempts and has scored three TDs.
• Morgan State ranks 3rd in MEAC pass efficiency (122.4).
•  The Bears defense will attempt to record their 10 straight game of registering a turnover … they recorded an interception  in their last game against North Carolina A&T.

•  The Bears added four new coaches to the 2013 staff … the new coaches are: Jerry Holmes (DC), Gordon Gregory (OC), LeAndre Creamer (DB) and Marcus Gladden(OL).

RUN GAME POWERS OFFENSE … Morgan State’s rushing game has powered the team to a No. 3 ranking in the MEAC (182.3 ypg), T-5thin scoring (21.0 ppg) and 5th in total offense (321.7 ypg). Morgan State’s 1,823 rushing yards through the first 10 games is already more than they recorded during the 2012 season (1,647 yards) … in fact, it’s already the most rushing yards gained in the last four years. With three games remaining on the schedule, the Bears are on pace to eclipse the 2,040 rushing yards they posted during the 2008 season…just 218 yards to go.

TIME IS ON OUR SIDE … The Bears have notched four games with a time of possession of more than 40 minutes. The Bears held a season-high 41:01 – 28:48 advantage in the win at NCCU. The Bears currently rank among the league leaders ranked No. 3 in the MEAC in time of possession (32:01 avg/g).

FINISHING TOUCHES … Morgan State has been pretty good this season when it comes to scoring in the red zone. Through the first nine games, the Bears have scored 23-of-29 (79%) times inside its opponent’s 20 yardline. MSU ranks No. 5 in the MEAC in red zone scoring.

GETTING DEFENSIVE … The Morgan State defense has seven players with at least 30 tackles so far this season.
• Junior linebacker Cody Acker leads the way with 85 stops (T-12th in MEAC), including a season-high 14 tackles against Norfolk State (Sept. 28).
• The next highest is senior Darien Irby who has posted 50 tackles from his starting strong safety position.

NO SACKS FOR YOU … The Morgan State offensive line has been one of the toughest teams to sack in the conference. The Bears currently rank No. 3 in the MEAC by limiting opponents to 16 sacks in 10 games.

COLLECTING INTERCEPTIONS … The Bears have recorded 12 interceptions through nine games. CB Deshaun Summers and S Paul Eatman leads the way with three picks apiece, followed by CB Joe Rankin has a pair of INTs, while SS Peterson Janvier and LBs Bill Hill and Cody Acker each have an interception to their credit. MSU currently ranks T-No. 26 in the FCS in interceptions (No. 4 in the MEAC) and ranks No. 3 in pass defense by limiting opponents to 150.1 yards per game.

NOTABLE NATIONAL NOTES … Here are a few national statistics of note on offense, defense and special teams that pertain to the Bears:

• Morgan State is 15th nationally in net punting (38.4) and redshirt freshman punter Lawrence Forbes ranks No. 3 (45.2 avg) and has dropped 12 of his 41 punts inside of the opponents’ 20-yard line.
•  Morgan State is 10th nationally in punt returns (2nd in the MEAC – 13.5).
•  The Bears offense ranks 22nd nationally in time of possession (32 avg TOP).
•  MSU 14th nationally in passing yards per completion (13.7).
•  Morgan State’s pass defense ranks 3rd nationally by limiting opponents to 150.1 passing yards per game.
•  Junior linebacker Cody Acker ranks 2oth nationally in solo tackles (56).

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Morgan welcomes NC A&T for Senior Day Saturday

Posted on 08 November 2013 by WNST Staff

MSU (3-6, 3-2 MEAC) vs. N.C A&T (5-3, 2-3 MEAC)
Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013 – 1 p.m. ET
“Senior Day”
Hughes Stadium (10,000)
Baltimore, Md.

GAME TIME
The Bears (3-6, 3-2) will host the North Carolina A&T Aggies in a Mid-Eastern Conference matchup on Saturday (Nov. 9) in Baltimore (Md.). Head coach Rod Broadway leads the Aggies. N.C. A&T (5-3, 2-3) extended to a 2-game winning streak after a commanding 59-12 non-conference victory against Virginia Univ. of Lynchburg last Saturday during the Aggies homecoming celebration. The Bears pulled off a thrilling come from behind 30-27 victory against Hampton at Hughes Stadium. Donald Hill-Eley, ranked third among winning coaches at MSU, enters his 12th year as head coach of the Bears.  Game time at Hughes Stadium is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET.

THE BEARS-AGGIES MATCHUP 
• The Bears and Aggies will meet for the 79th time … Morgan State leads the series 41-34-3.
• Last time against the Aggies (Sept. 27, 2012) … Robert Council tossed a 32-yard pass to Andrew King to lift Morgan State to a 21-18 win over North Carolina A&T. The Bears’ (2-2, 1-0 MEAC) defense stepped up and forced the Aggies to punt, leaving the Bears with 1:54 seconds and 78 yards to go to win the game.
Council hit Tyrone Hendrix on the sideline, but it was ruled out of bounds. Upon further review, the officials ruled that Hendrix successfully made the catch inbounds. On the very next play, Council hit Travis Davidson over the middle for a 35-yard gain before going out of bounds at the 14.  Following an incompletion and an intentional grounding call, the Bears had 3rd and 28 with 18 seconds left.
Council took the snap out of shotgun, bought time in the pocket while avoiding Aggie defenders, and threw a 32-yard strike to Andrew King for the game-winner with 10 seconds to go.
• The last time the Bears were defeated by N.C A&T was on Oct. 1, 2011 …
Mike Mayhew, the Aggies’ junior running back, had his way with the Bears’ defense by recording 26 carries for a career high 233 yards and a touchdown in a 24-3 defeat of the Bears at Hughes Stadium. Seth Higgins completed 22 of 40 passing attempts for 169 yards and two interceptions. He was also sacked three times in the game. His counterpart, Lewis Kindle completed 10 of 21 passing attempts for 144 yards, a touchdown and an interception on the day.

ABOUT THE AGGIES
• Rod Broadway (North Carolina, ’77) enters his third season as the head football coach at North Carolina A&T. The Aggies football program has made tremendous strides under Broadway’s first two years of stewardship. The Aggies experienced a four-win improvement in 2011after going 1-10 in 2010. More improvement followed as A&T posted a 7-4 record overall and a 5-3 mark in the MEAC in 2012.  It marked the first time in nine seasons the Aggies boasted a winning record.
• N.C. A&T returns 53 lettermen, including 13 starters from last year’s team.
• In 2012, the Aggies finished with a 7-4 overall record and 5-3 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC).
• R-Senior QB Lewis Kindle (6-2, 190) leads the Aggies offense by completing 94 of 174 passes for 356 yards and three touchdowns. He’s currently completing 54 percent of his passes and has thrown a total of seven touchdowns and five interceptions.
• Freshman RB Tarik Cohen (5-8, 170) broke the Aggies freshman rushing record on Oct. 26 with his 210-yard performance against Florida A&M. He currently leads the Aggies in rushing with 740 yards on 123 carries and has scored five touchdowns.
• MSU’s defense will have to also account for standout WR Desmond Lawrence.  The Durham, N.C. product leads the Aggies air attack with 30 receptions for 356 yards (11.9 avg) and has three touchdowns.
• MSU’s offense will have to account for the A&T defenders Travis Crosby and D’Vonte Grant. Crosby, a 5-9, 189 pound DB, leads the Aggies with 70 tackles (43 solo) and has six tackles for loss. Grant, a 5-10, 208 pound, leads the squad with nine tackles for loss, three fumble recoveries, an interception and 69 tackles from his linebacker position.

QUICK HITS
• MSU will enter the 2013 season with a number of veterans … the Bears’ roster includes 12 seniors and 15 juniors.
• The Bears backfield lost All-MEAC running back Travis “Juice” Davidson to graduation, however the backfield is loaded with talented young players like Lamont Brown III, Herb Walker Jr., Tracy Martin and Orlando Johnson who will compete for the starting RB spot.
• Morgan State ranks No. 2 in the MEAC in running the ball … The Bears are averaging 186.9 yards per game on 406 carries and have scored 12 TDs on the ground.
•  Joe Rankin returns as a shutdown cornerback for the Bears and finished with 46 tackles and led the MEAC with five picks in 2012.
• Morgan State ranks 5th in MEAC total offense by averaging 322 yards per game (5.1 per play).
• Morgan State ranks 3rd in MEAC pass efficiency (122.4).
• Redshirt-freshman running back Lamont Brown III ranks No 5 in the MEAC in rushing with 545 yards on 114 attempts and has scored three TDs.
•  The Bears added four new coaches to the 2013 staff … the new coaches are: Jerry Holmes (DC), Gordon Gregory (OC), LeAndre Creamer (DB) and Marcus Gladden(OL).

RUN GAME POWERS OFFENSE … Morgan State’s rushing game has powered the team to a No. 2 ranking in the MEAC (186.9 ypg), fifth in scoring (20.7 ppg) and fifth in total offense (322.8 ypg). Morgan State’s 1,682 rushing yards through the first nine games is already more than they recorded during the 2012 season (1,647 yards) … in fact, it’s already the most rushing yards gained in the last four years. With three games remaining on the schedule, the Bears are on pace to eclipse the 2,040 rushing yards they posted during the 2008 season.

TIME IS ON OUR SIDE … The Bears have notched four games with a time of possession of more than 40 minutes. The Bears held a season-high 41:01 – 28:48 advantage in the win at NCCU. The Bears currently rank among the league leaders ranked No. 3 in the MEAC in time of possession (32:01 avg/g).

FINISHING TOUCHES … Morgan State has been pretty good this season when it comes to scoring in the red zone. Through the first nine games, the Bears have scored 23-of-29 (79%) times inside its opponent’s 20 yardline. MSU ranks No. 5 in the MEAC in red zone scoring.

GETTING DEFENSIVE … The Morgan State defense has six players with at least 30 tackles so far this season.
• Junior linebacker Cody Acker leads the way with 75 stops (12th in MEAC), including a season-high 14 tackles against Norfolk State (Sept. 28).
• The next highest is senior Darien Irby who has posted 43 tackles from his starting strong safety position.

NO SACKS FOR YOU … Since allowing 6.0 sacks against Robert Morris, the Morgan State offensive line has allowed just three sacks over the next six games and had a stretch of three games without allowing sack before giving up a sack. The Bears currently rank No. T-3 in the MEAC by limiting opponents to 15 sacks in nine games.

COLLECTING INTERCEPTIONS … The Bears have recorded 11 interceptions through nine games. CB Deshaun Summers leads the way with three, followed by CB Joe Rankin and S Paul Eatman both with a pair of picks, while SS Peterson Janvier and LBs Bill Hill and Cody Acker each have an interception to their credit. MSU currently ranks No. 20 in the FCS in interceptions (No. 4 in the MEAC) and ranks No. 2 in pass def­ense by limiting opponents to 149.9 yards per game.

NOTABLE NATIONAL NOTES … Here are a few national statistics of note on offense, defense and special teams that pertain to the Bears:

•  Morgan State is 20th nationally in net punting (37.8) and redshirt freshman punter Lawrence Forbes ranks No. 3 (45.0 avg) and has dropped 11 of his 37 punts inside of the opponents’ 20-yard line.
•  Morgan State is 11th nationally in punt returns (2nd in the MEAC – 13.5).
•  The Bears offense ranks 20th nationally in time of possession (32 avg TOP).
•  Morgan State 16th nationally in passing yards per completion (13.6).
•  Morgan State’s pass defense ranks 4th nationally by limiting opponents to 150 passing yards per game.
•  Junior linebacker Cody Acker ranks 23rd nationally in solo tackles (50).

SENIOR DAY … Twelve Morgan State seniors will make their final appearance in Hughes Stadium.

Joe Rankin - Germantown, Md.
Darien Irby - Renton, Wash.
Broderick Gager - Williamsburg, Va.
19 Chris Flowers - Haines City, Fla.
21 Lafredo Brady - Florida City, Fla.
23 Tubotein Taylor - Anaheim, Calif.
34 Wesley Nichols - Bakersfield, Calif.
45 Dionte Holland - Washington, D.C.
53 Stephen Blissett - Pembroke Pines, Fla.
70 Kortlan Jackson - Upper Marlboro, Md.
74 Karim Barton - Los Angeles, Calif.
90 Lucson Noel - Pompano Beach, Fla.

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Morgan tries to bounce back Saturday at Hampton

Posted on 01 November 2013 by WNST Staff

MSU (2-6, 2-2 MEAC) vs. Hampton (3-5, 3-1 MEAC)
“Military Appreciation Day”

Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 – 1 p.m. ET
Hughes Stadium (10,000)
Baltimore, Md.

GAME TIME
The Bears (2-6, 2-2) will host the Hampton Pirates in a Mid-Eastern Conference matchup on Saturday (Nov. 2) in Baltimore (Md.). Head coach Donovan Rose leads the Pirates. Hampton (3-5, 3-1) extended to a 3-game winning streak after a commanding 30-7 victory against Delaware State last Saturday. The Bears had its two-game win streak snapped after dropping a 28-14 decision at Howard during the Bison Homecoming.Donald Hill-Eley, ranked third among winning coaches at MSU, enters his 12th year as head coach of the Bears.  Game time at Hughes Stadium is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET.

THE BEARS-PIRATES MATCHUP 
• The Bears and Pirates will meet for the 63rd time … Morgan State leads the series 36-24-2.
• Last time against the Pirates (Nov. 17, 2012) … Jeremiah Schwartz and Hampton capped the 2012 season with a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference victory at Morgan State. Schwartz, the MEAC’s leading rusher, had a workmanlike effort for the Pirates by gaining a game-high 113 yards on 29 carries, including a pair of touchdowns. Morgan State recorded a season-high eight sacks and racked up three interceptions, while holding the HU’s quarterback duo of Travis Champion and Brian Swain to a combined 4 of 18 passing for just 42 yards.
• The last time the Bears defeated Hampton was on Nov. 11, 2009  … With 1:54 remaining in the game, the Pirates got the ball on Morgan State’s 42-yard line for what would be the final drive of the game at Armstrong Stadium. On this final drive, the Pirates committed three penalties and lost a total of 51 yards, which ended in a 44-yard field goal attempt by freshman Jordan Stovall that came up short, giving the Bears a 16-13 win on Hampton’s Senior Day.
• Since 2002, the Morgan State vs. Hampton game has been decided by 7 or less points five out of the last 12 games … and has gone into overtime twice (2003 & ’07).
• Hampton has won the last three meetings against the Bears, and had a string of 6 consecutive wins against Morgan State (2003-2008) before the Bears pulled out a 16-13 win in 2009.

ABOUT THE PIRATES
• Donovan Rose (Hampton, 1979) Petty enters his fifth campaign as head football coach of the Hampton Pirates and his 23rd as a member of the program.
Since Rose’s return to Hampton in 1991, the Pirates have won 14 championships, graduated over 225 student-athletes and placed over 50 players in professional leagues. His most notable recruits have been Cordell Taylor, second-round pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars in 1998, and Kendall Langford, third-round pick and starting defensive end for the Miami Dolphins in 2008.
• Hampton returns 61 lettermen, including 15 starters from last year’s team.
• In 2012, Hampton finished with a 3-7 overall record and 3-5 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC).
• Freshman QB Bryan Bailey (6-2, 190) made his first start of the season on Oct. 12 against North Carolina A&T, completing 14 of 26 passes for 90 yards and three touchdowns. He’s currently completing 57 percent (43 of 75) of his passes and has thrown a total of five touchdowns and five interceptions.
• Through the first eight games, RB Jorrian Washington (5-9, 180) has been the Pirate’s leading ground gainer. The junior from Los Angeles, Calif. has recorded 51 carries for 331 yards (4.2 avg), including two TDs.
• MSU’s defense will have to also account for standout RB Antwon Chisholm.  The Florida product may not have the statistics that made him the MEAC’s Rookie of the Year three year’s ago, but he’s still a very dangerous back. He leads the Pirates with 31 receptions out of the backfield for 284 yards and four TDs (5th in MEAC).
• MSU’s offense will have to account for the Pirate’s linebacker Delbert Tyler. The 5-11, 225 pound senior currently leads the league with 94 tackles (41 solo). He has recorded double-digit tackles in six of Hampton’s first eight games – including a season-high 17 stops on Sept. 21 at Coastal Carolina – he had 16 tackles and an interception during last Saturday’s win against Delaware State.

QUICK HITS
• MSU will enter the 2013 season with a number of veterans … the Bears’ roster includes 12 seniors and 15 juniors.
• The Bears backfield lost All-MEAC running back Travis “Juice” Davidson to graduation, however the backfield is loaded with talented young players like Lamont Brown III, Herb Walker Jr., Tracy Martin and Orlando Johnson who will compete for the starting RB spot.
• Morgan State ranks No. 2 in the MEAC in running the ball … The Bears are averaging 181.8 yards per game on 361 carries and have scored 10 TDs on the ground.
•  Joe Rankin returns as a shutdown cornerback for the Bears and finished with 46 tackles and led the MEAC with five picks in 2012.
• Morgan State rank 5th in MEAC total offense by averaging 298 yards per game (4.8 per play).
• Morgan State ranks 4th in MEAC pass efficiency (112.2).

• Redshirt-freshman running back Lamont Brown III ranks No. 5 in the MEAC in rushing with 453 yards on 102 attempts.
• Donald Hill-Eley was the offensive coordinator at Hampton from 1997-2000 under coach Joe Taylor … he was a graduate assistant for the Pirates from 1992-94.
• Tight end Nathan Ingram recorded four receptions last week to bring his season total to 13. Ingram has 18 catches in his career at Morgan State.
•  The Bears added four new coaches to the 2013 staff … the new coaches are: Jerry Holmes (DC), Gordon Gregory (OC), LeAndre Creamer(DB) and Marcus Gladden (OL).

TIME IS ON OUR SIDE … The Bears have notched four games with a time of possession of more than 40 minutes. The Bears held a season-high 41:01 – 28:48 advantage in the win at NCCU. The Bears currently rank among the league leaders ranked No. 4 in the MEAC in time of possession (31:14 avg/g).

FINISHING TOUCHES … Morgan State has been pretty good this season when it comes to scoring in the red zone. Through the first eight games, the Bears have scored 19-of-25 (76%) times inside its opponent’s 20 yardline. MSU ranks No. 6 in the MEAC in red zone scoring.

GETTING DEFENSIVE … The Morgan State defense has eight players with at least 25 tackles so far this season.
• Junior linebacker Cody Acker leads the way with 65 stops (T-12th in MEAC), including a season-high 14 tackles against Norfolk State (Sept. 28).
• The next highest is senior Darien Irby who has posted 41 tackles from his starting strong safety position.

NO SACKS FOR YOU … Since allowing 6.0 sacks against Robert Morris, the Morgan State offensive line has allowed just three sacks over the next six games and had a stretch of three games without allowing sack before giving up a sack. The Bears currently rank No. 3 in the MEAC by limiting opponents to 12 sacks in eight games.

COLLECTING INTERCEPTIONS … The Bears have recorded 10 interceptions through eight games. CB Joe Rankin and S Paul Eatman have a pair of picks, while SS Peterson Janvier, CB DeShaun Summers, and LBs Bill Hill and Cody Acker each have an interception to their credit. MSU currently ranks No. 22 in the FCS in interceptions (No. 4 in the MEAC) and ranks No. 4 in pass defense by limiting opponents to 146.4 yards per game.

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Morgan looks for third straight win Saturday at Howard

Posted on 25 October 2013 by WNST Staff

MSU (2-5, 2-1 MEAC) vs. Howard (2-5, 1-3 MEAC)
Howard Homecoming
Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013 – 1 p.m. ET

GAME TIME
The Bears (2-5, 2-1) will travel to play in a Mid-Eastern Conference matchup against Howard on Saturday (Oct. 26) in Washington (D.C.). The game will mark Homecoming for Howard. Interim head coach Rayford Petty leads the Bison. Howard (2-5, 1-3) snapped a 4-game losing streak by beating Florida A&M 21-10 in Tallahassee last Saturday. The Bears posted its second straight win by recording a 34-22 victory at North Carolina Central during the Eagles Homecoming. Donald Hill-Eley, ranked third among winning coaches at MSU, enters his 12th year as head coach of the Bears. Game time at Greene Stadium is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET.

THE BEARS-BISON MATCHUP 
• The Bears and Bison will meet for the 67th time … Morgan State leads the series 40-25-1.
• Last time against the Bison (Oct. 20, 2012) … Terrence Leffall ran for a game-high 134 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries to help Howard escape with a 21-20 homecoming victory over Morgan State at Greene Stadium. MSU QB Robert Council capped an 89 yard drive by eluding a sack and racing 35 yards for a touchdown. On the ensuing point after attempt that would have tied the ballgame, the snap was low and placekicker Earvin Gonzalez scooped it off the turf and tried to make a play by throwing the ball. His pass was intercepted by Howard’s Tabrian Resby. Game over.
• The last time the Bears defeated Howard was on Sept. 24, 2011 … The Bears posted a 14-9 win against Howard at the New York Urban League Football Classic in front of 24,996 fans in attendance … Redshirt-freshman Robert Council threw the first touchdown of his career when he connected with tight end Kristian Johnson for a 3-yard score. Council led the Bears by completing 12 of 18 passes for 119 yards. Travis “Juice” Davidson rushed for 142 yards on 25 carries and scored three touchdowns on runs of 49, 2 and 8 yards.

ABOUT THE BISON
• Rayford “Ray” Petty (Elon, 1979) Petty enters his second campaign as head football coach of the Howard
University Bison. The highly respected Petty served as head coach of the Bison from 2002-06. He also served as an assistant coach and defensive coordinator here under head coach Gary Harrell.Prior to Howard, Petty served as defensive coordinator at both Delaware State and Norfolk State. He has helped develop current NFL players Antoine Bethea (currently with the Indianapolis Colts) and Ronald Bartell, Jr. (currently with the Detroit Lions).
• Howard returns 29 lettermen, including 11 starters from last year’s team.
• In 2012, Howard finished with a 6-4 overall record and 5-2 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC).
• Junior QB Greg McGee triggers the Bison offense and ranks 2nd among the league passing leaders this season. The 6-3, 200-pounder from Pittsburgh (Pa.) has completed 134 of 222 for 1342 yards and 10 touchdowns with seven interceptions. He has also ranks No. 9 in the MEAC in rushing with 318 yards on 79 carries (4.0 avg) with a touchdown. McGee will enter this weekend’s “Beltway Battle” fresh off a a career-low 67 yards passing despite completing 10 of 16 in the win against Florida A&M.
• Through the first seven games, RB William Parker (6-0, 203) has been the Bison’s leading ground gainer and is among the league’s rushing leaders (Ranked 5th). The sophomore from Stone Mountain, Ga. has recorded 93 carries for 389 yards (4.2 avg), including two TDs.
• MSU’s defense will have to also account for freshman RB Anthony Philyaw. The Los Angeles product went to work against the Rattlers by recording a career-high 121 yards on 14 carries, including a pair of touchdowns. Philyaw, 6-1, 210, is Howard’s third leading ground gainer with 262 yards (4.4 avg) and three TDs in six games.
• MSU’s offense will have to account for the Bison’s defensive end Damon Chisholm-Gresham. The 6-3, 250 pound sophomore currently ranks among the league leaders with 9 tackles for loss, (ranks 4th) and 3.5 sacks (ranks T-6th).

QUICK HITS
• MSU will enter the 2013 season with a number of veterans … the Bears’ roster includes 12 seniors and 15 juniors.
• The Bears backfield lost All-MEAC running back Travis “Juice” Davidson to graduation, however the backfield is loaded with talented young players like Lamont Brown III, Herb Walker, Tracy Martin and Orlando Johnson who will compete for the starting RB spot.
• The returning quarterback duo of Seth Higgins and Robert Council combined for 1,560 passing yards (140-of-301) and five touchdowns in 2012.
• Joe Rankin returns as a shutdown cornerback for the Bears and finished with 46 tackles and led the MEAC with five picks in 2012.
• NT Demarco Bisbee leads a defensive line unit that returns 10 lettermen from last season … Bisbee posted 41 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss and
3.5 sacks in 2012.
• LB Christopher Robinson was among the league leaders with 13.5 tackles for loss (No. 4), to go along with 40 tackles and 8.5 sacks.
• Chris Flowers helped lead the Bears to a No. 1 ranking in the MEAC in kickoff return average (23.0 avg) and his 27.8 kick return average ranked No. 8 in the FCS last season.
• The Bears added four new coaches to the 2013 staff … the new coaches are: Jerry Holmes (DC), Greg Gregory (OC), LeAndre Creamer (DB) and Marcus Gladden (OL).

IMPROVING OFFENSE … The aftermath of the Bears 34-22 win at N.C. Central not only improved the team’s record to 2-5, but also gave a glimpse of Morgan State’s improving offense. The team produced a season-high 385 yards of offense against the Eagles, and junior QB Seth Higgins led the way. On 9 carries, Higgins, rushed for a career-high 55 yards and accounted for a pair of touchdowns. With Higgins running so well, the Bears should continue to see success with the read-option moving forward.

TIME IS ON OUR SIDE … The Bears notched their fourth game of the season with a time of possession of more than 40 minutes. The Bears held a season-high 41:01 – 28:48 advantage in the win at NCCU. The Bears currently rank among the league leaders ranked No. 1 in the MEAC in time of possession (32:01 avg/g).

FINISHING TOUCHES … Morgan State has been pretty good this season when it comes to scoring in the red zone. Through the first six games, the Bears have scored 18-of-22 (82%) times inside its opponent’s 20 yardline. MSU ranks No. 5 in the MEAC in red zone scoring.

GETTING DEFENSIVE … The Morgan State defense has eight players with at least 20 tackles so far this season.
• Junior linebacker Cody Acker leads the way with 62 stops (10th in MEAC), including a season-high 14 tackles against Norfolk State (Sept. 28).
• The next highest is senior Darien Irby who has posted 35 tackles from his starting strong safety position.

NO SACKS FOR YOU … Since allowing 6.0 sacks against Robert Morris, the Morgan State offensive line has allowed just two sacks over the next five games and had a stretch of three games without allowing sack before giving up a sack at North Carolina Central last Saturday. The Bears currently rank T-No. 2 in the MEAC by limiting opponents to 11 sacks in seven games.

HIGGINS STANDS TALL IN QB CAROUSEL … With Robert CouncilMoses Skillon and Ricky Fisk jockeying for additional playing time, Seth Higgins appears to be the lone starter for the Bears. The junior played the entire game against Norfolk State and accounted for three touchdowns. He led the Bears to its first win of the season against Florida A&M by completing 12 of 20 passes for 144 yds and a TD. He also rushed for a career-high 102 yards on 17 carries, including a 2-yard TD. Higgins rushed for 55 yards and a TD at N.C. Central, and threw for 72 yards, including a 27-yd TD pass in just a half of work last week at N.C. Central.

COLLECTING INTERCEPTIONS … The Bears have recorded 10 interceptions through seven games. CB Joe Rankin and S Paul Eatman have a pair of picks, while SSPeterson Janvier, CB DeShaun Summers, and LBs Bill Hill and Cody Acker each have an interception to their credit. MSU’s defense currently ranks No. 7 in the FCS (No. 2 in the MEAC) and ranks No. 3 in pass defense by limiting opponents to 154.3 yards per game.

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Morgan looks for back to back wins Sunday against NC Central

Posted on 18 October 2013 by WNST Staff

MSU (1-5, 1-1 MEAC) vs. North Carolina Central (3-3, 1-1 MEAC)
NCCU Homecoming
Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 – 2 p.m. ET
O’Kelly Riddick Stadium (10,000)
Durham, N.C.

GAME TIME
The Bears (1-5, 1-1) will travel to face Mid-Eastern Conference opponent North Carolina Central on Saturday (Oct. 19) in Durham (N.C.). The game will mark Homecoming for the Eagles. Interim head coach Dwayne Foster leads the Eagles. NCCU (3-3, 1-1) look to bounce back from a 43-3 thrashing at the hands of South Carolina State last Thursday night. The Bears are coming off its Week 7 bye. The last time MSU was in action was on Oct. 5 when they snapped an 11-game losing streak by beating Florida A&M 34-21 during Homecoming in Baltimore. Donald Hill-Eley, ranked third among winning coaches at MSU, enters his 12th year as head coach of the Bears.  Game time at O’Kelly Riddick Stadium is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live by WEAA, 88.9 FM.

THE BEARS-EAGLES MATCHUP 
• The Bears and Eagles will meet for the 38th time … Morgan State leads the series 22-13-2.
• Last time against the Eagles (Oct. 13, 2012) … North Carolina Central QB Jordan Reid’s 26-yard touchdown pass to Detwan Robinson with 25.6 seconds left was the difference in Morgan State’s 24-20 heartbreaking homecoming loss to the Eagles at Hughes Stadium. It marked the first homecoming loss for the Bears since October 21, 2006. MSU RB Travis “Juice” Davidson rushed for 105 yards in 18 attempts, scoring two touchdowns and also recorded 60 yards receiving.
• The last time the Bears played the Eagles at O’Kelly Riddick Stadium was on Oct. 15, 2011 … Donald Hill-Eley coached from the booth and watched as his offense opened up with 42 first half points en route to a 52-3 rout. Travis Davidson rushed for 142 yards on 25 carries and scored three touchdowns on runs of 49, 2 and 8 yards.

ABOUT THE EAGLES
• Dwayne Foster (Delaware State, 1993) joined NCCU in 2011 as assistant head coach, recruiting coordinator and offensive line coach, before being elevated to interim head coach prior to the 2013 season. Previously, he served as running backs coach at Prairie View A&M University (2005-10), tight ends and running backs coach at Catholic University (2004), and offensive line coach at Bowie State University (2003).
• N.C. Central finished the 2012 season with a 6-5 overall record and went 5-3 in the MEAC.
• NCCU returns 41 lettermen, including 10 starters from last year’s team.
• NCCU QB Jordan Reid entered the season as 2013 Preseason All-MEAC Second Team selection. The High Point (N.C.) product currently ranks No. 4 in the MEAC in passing … the senior has completed 92 of 178 passes for 985 yards with a pair of touchdowns … he has also thrown two interceptions.
•  Reid’s favorite targets are wideouts redshirt sophomore Adrian Wilkins and redshirt senior Marvin Poole. The pair has 17 receptions and a touchdown apiece.  Wilkins has 214 reception yards compared to Poole’s 201 yards.
• NCCU LB Tazmon Foster is one of the leaders for the Eagles defense. The senior enters this weekend’s contest with 67 tackles (38 solo) with 5.0 tackles for loss thru six games.
• The Eagles’ ground attack is led by Idreis Augustus. The 5-7, 190 pound redshirt sophomore has 67 carries for 295 yards (4.4 avg) and has three touchdowns. He also has 11 catches for 86 yards.
• The Bears’ special teams unit will face one of the the top ranked return teams in the MEAC. NCCU ranks No. 1 in the league by averaging 23.7 yards per kickoff return, and ranks No. 2 in punt returns (14.1/g).
• MSU quarterbacks need to be wary throwing against N.C. Central’s secondary … Freshman cornerback  Michael Jones (Baltimore, Md./Milford Mills Academy) ranks T-No. 1in the FCS  with four interceptions and the Eagles rank No. 2 with nine interceptions thru the first six games of the season.

QUICK HITS
• MSU will enter the 2013 season with a number of veterans … the Bears’ roster includes 12 seniors and 15 juniors.
• The Bears backfield lost All-MEAC running back Travis “Juice” Davidson to graduation, however the backfield is loaded with talented young players like Lamont Brown III, Herb Walker Jr., Tracy Martin and Orlando Johnson who will compete for the starting RB spot.
• The returning quarterback duo of Seth Higgins and Robert Council combined for 1,560 passing yards (140-of-301) and five touchdowns in 2012.
•  Joe Rankin returns as a shutdown cornerback for the Bears and finished with 46 tackles and lead the MEAC with five picks in 2012.
•  NT Demarco Bisbee leads a defensive line unit that returns 10 lettermen from last season … Bisbee posted 41 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss and
3.5 sacks in 2012.
•  LB Christopher Robinson was among the league leaders with 13.5 tackles for loss (No. 4), to go along with 40 tackles and 8.5 sacks.
•  Chris Flowers helped lead the Bears to a No. 1 ranking in the MEAC in kickoff return average (23.0 avg) and his 27.8 kick return average ranked No. 8 in the FCS last season.
•  The Bears added four new coaches to the 2013 staff … the new coaches are: Jerry Holmes (DC), Gordon Gregory (OC), LeAndre Creamer (DB) and Marcus Gladden(OL).

IMPROVING OFFENSE … The aftermath of the Bears 34-21 win against Florida A&M not only improved the team’s record to 1-5, but also gave a glimpse of Morgan State’s improving offense. The team produced a season-high 382 yards of offense against the Rattlers, and junior QB Seth Higgins led the way. On 17 carries, Higgins, rushed for a career-high 102 yards and accounted for three touchdowns. With Higgins running so well, the Bears should continue to see success with the read-option moving forward.

TIME IS ON OUR SIDE … The Bears notched their third game of the season with a time of possession of more than 30 minutes. The Bears held a season-high 37:30 – 22:30 advantage in the win against Florida A&M. The Bears currently rank among the league leaders ranked No. 3 in the MEAC in time of possession (30:31 avg/g).

FINISHING TOUCHES … Morgan State has been pretty good this season when it comes to scoring in the red zone. Through the first six games, the Bears have scored 13-of-17 (77%) times inside its opponent’s 20 yardline. MSU ranks No. 7 in the MEAC in red zone scoring.

GETTING DEFENSIVE … The Morgan State defense has six players with at least 20 tackles so far this season.
• Junior linebacker Cody Acker leads the way with 58 stops (T-6th in MEAC), including a season-high 14 tackles against Norfolk State (Sept. 28).
• The next highest is senior Darien Irby who has posted 29 tackles from his starting strong safety position.

NO SACKS FOR YOU … Since allowing 6.0 sacks against Robert Morris, the Morgan State offensive line has allowed just one sack over the next four games and none over the past three games at Western Kentucky and home against Norfolk State and Florida A&M.

HIGGINS STANDS TALL IN QB CAROUSEL … With Robert CouncilMoses Skillon and Ricky Fisk jockeying for additional playing time, Seth Higgins appears to be the lone starter for the Bears. The junior played the entire game against Norfolk State and accounted for three touchdowns. He led the Bears to its first win of the season against Florida A&M by completing 12 of 20 passes for 144 yds and a TD. He also rushed for a career-high 102 yards on 17 carries, including a 2-yard TD.

COLLECTING INTERCEPTIONS … The Bears have recorded eight interceptions through six games. CB Joe Rankin has a pair of picks, while SS Peterson Janvier, CBDeShaun Summers, and LBs Bill Hill and Cody Acker each have an interception to their credit. MSU’s defense currently ranks T-22 in the FCS in interceptions and No. 7 in passing yards allowed (146.7 avg).

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Morgan hosts Florida A&M for Homecoming Saturday

Posted on 04 October 2013 by WNST Staff

MSU (0-5, 0-1 MEAC) vs. Florida A&M (1-3, 0-0 MEAC)
MSU Homecoming
Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013 – 1 p.m. ET
Hughes Stadium (10,000)
Baltimore, Md.

GAME TIME
The Bears (0-5, 0-1) will host Mid-Eastern Conference opponent Florida A&M on Saturday (Oct. 5) in Baltimore (Md.). The game will mark Homecoming for Morgan State as the Bears will attempt to snap an 11-game losing streak dating back to Oct. 13, 2012. First-year head coach Earl Holmes leads the Rattlers. FAMU (1-3, 0-0) will enter the contest fresh off of a bye week. The last time the Rattlers were in action was on Sept. 21 in when they were pounded by the Ohio State Buckeyes 76-0 in Columbus. Morgan State will look to rebound from a 27-21 home loss against Norfolk State. Donald Hill-Eley, ranked third among winning coaches at MSU, enters his 12th year as head coach of the Bears. Game time at Hughes Stadium is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET.

THE BEARS-RATTLERS MATCHUP 
• The Bears and Rattlers will meet for the 24th time since 1943. Florida A&M leads the series 19-4 and has won the last two meetings against MSU since 2009.
• Last time against the Rattlers (Oct. 30, 2010) … Morgan State rallied from 14 points down, and was driving for the go ahead score but the Bears made a costly mistake. With the ballgame knotted at 17-17, Delonte “Smoke” Williams had his pass intercepted by Jerrell Stewart who returned it 37 yards for a touchdown with 7:17 left in the game. Philip Sylvester added the dagger in the form of an 89-yard touchdown run. MSU sophomore running back David Brown posted a career-high 131 yards on 17 carries.
• The last time the Bears played the Rattlers at Hughes Stadium was on Oct. 31, 2009 … The Florida A&M Rattlers stopped Morgan State quarterback Carlton Jackson on fourth and inches at the 15 in overtime of a 31-28 victory at Hughes Stadium on Halloween evening. Florida A&M quarterback Curtis Pulley ran 20 times for 231 yards and two touchdowns in the game.
• The last time the Bears defeated Florida A&M at Hughes Stadium was on Oct. 27, 2007 … The Bears came away with a 14-12 victory against Florida A&M in front of a crowd of 3,478. The win marked Morgan State’s first against Florida A&M since 1994, snapping the Rattlers 11-game win streak against the Bears. Trailing 14-12 late in the 4th quarter, Florida A&M had a chance to take the lead on a 17-yard field goal attempt by Wesley Taylor. MSU head coach Donald Hill-Eley called for a timeout to “freeze” Taylor, and it apparently worked. Taylor’s field goal sailed wide right.

ABOUT THE RATTLERS
• Florida A&M head coach Earl Holmes enters his first year at the helm of the Florida A&M Rattlers. Holmes is one of Florida A&M’ greatest defensive players of all time served as the Rattlers’ defensive coordinator under legendary Joe Taylor, bringing with him a tremendous passion for the game along with his ties to the program. Known affectionately by family and FAMU fans as “The Hitman,” Holmes played for the Rattlers from 1992 to 1995, finishing as the school’s all-time leader in tackles.
• Florida A&M finished the 2012 season with a 4-7 overall record and went 4-4 in the MEAC.
• FAMU returns 39 lettermen, including 21 starters from last year’s team.
• FAMU QB Damien Fleming entered the season as 2013 Preseason All-MEAC First Team selection. The Jacksonville (Fla.) product has completed 41 of 80 passes for 413 yards with a pair of touchdowns … he has also thrown six interceptions.
• Fleming’s favorite target is wideout Lenworth Lennon. The junior has 14 receptions (No. 3 in the MEAC) for 229 yards (ranked No. 4) and a touchdown. He is currently averaging 16.4 yards per catch and 76.3 yards per game.
• FAMU LB Michael Ducre is one of the leaders for the Rattlers defense. Ducre enters this weekend’s contest with 34 tackles (24 solo) with 3.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks thru four games.
Omari Albert leads • The Rattlers ground attack. Albert has 32 carries for 104 yards (3.2 avg) and has a touchdown.
• The Bears’ offensive unit will face a Rattler pass defense that ranks among the top in the league. FAMU ranks No. 3 in the MEAC in pass defense (144.7/g).

QUICK HITS
• MSU will enter the 2013 season with a number of veterans … the Bears’ roster includes 12 seniors and 15 juniors.
• The Bears backfield lost All-MEAC running back Travis “Juice” Davidson to graduation, however the backfield is loaded with talented young players like Lamont Brown III, Herb Walker, Tracy Martin and Orlando Johnson who will compete for the starting RB spot.
• The returning quarterback duo of Seth Higgins and Robert Council combined for 1,560 passing yards (140-of-301) and five touchdowns in 2012.
• Joe Rankin returns as a shutdown cornerback for the Bears and finished with 46 tackles and lead the MEAC with five picks in 2012.
• NT Demarco Bisbee leads a defensive line unit that returns 10 lettermen from last season … Bisbee posted 41 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss and
3.5 sacks in 2012.
• LB Christopher Robinson was among the league leaders with 13.5 tackles for loss (No. 4), to go along with 40 tackles and 8.5 sacks.
• Chris Flowers helped lead the Bears to a No. 1 ranking in the MEAC in kickoff return average (23.0 avg) and his 27.8 kick return average ranked No. 8 in the FCS last season.
• The Bears added four new coaches to the 2013 staff … the new coaches are: Jerry Holmes (DC), Greg Gregory (OC), LeAndre Creamer (DB) and Marcus Gladden (OL).

FINISHING TOUCHES … Morgan State has been pretty good this season when it comes to scoring in the red zone. Through the first five games, the Bears have scored 10-of-13 (77%) times inside its opponent’s 20 yardline. MSU ranks No. 8 in the MEAC in red zone scoring.

GETTING DEFENSIVE … The Morgan State defense has four players with at least 20 tackles so far this season.
• Junior linebacker Cody Acker leads the way with 55 stops (3rd in MEAC), including a season-high 14 tackles last week against Norfolk State (Sept. 28).
• The next highest is senior Darien Irby who has posted 28 tackles from his starting strong safety position.

NO SACKS FOR YOU … Since allowing 6.0 sacks against Robert Morris, the Morgan State offensive line has allowed just one sack over the next three games and none over the past two games at Western Kentucky and home against Norfolk State.

LAUNDRY SERVICE … Morgan State mistakes in the form of penalties have been troublesome for the Bears. MSU ranks No. 10 in the MEAC in penalties (32; 71.4 avg), and will enter this weekend’s contest coming off of being flagged a season-high11 times for 115 yards against Norfolk State.

HIGGINS STANDS TALL IN QB CAROUSEL … With Robert CouncilMoses Skillon and Ricky Fisk jockeying for additional playing time, Seth Higgins appears to be the lone starter for the Bears. The junior played the entire game against Norfolk State completing 5 of his 14 passes for 83 yards and tossed a touchdown. He also led the Bears on the ground with 12 carries for 63 yards, including a pair of touchdowns.

COLLECTING INTERCEPTIONS ?The Bears have recorded five interceptions through five games. CB Joe Rankin has a pair of picks, while SS Peterson Javier, CBDeShaun Summers, and LB Bill Hill each have an interception to their credit. Morgan State’s defense currently ranks T-37 in the FCS in interceptions and No. 12 in passing yards allowed (152.3 avg).

HOMECOMING KING… Head coach Donald Hill-Eley has been virtually unstoppable when it comes to being victorious on Homecoming Saturdays. Morgan State has posted an impressive 9-2 record since Hill took the helm in 2002. His Bears look to rebound from a heartbreaking Homecoming loss last season against N.C. Central. The Eagles scored on a 26-yard TD pass with 25.6 seconds left to play to pull out a 24-20 victory at Hughes Stadium.

TIME TO FIX THE LEAK … The Bears’ defense has yielded over 36 points and 411 total yards through the first five games … The Bears are ranked No. 118 in rushing defense by yielding over 265 yards per game. MSU had one of its best defensive outings of the season last week limiting Norfolk State to just 134 yards on the ground.

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Morgan faces Norfolk State in home opener Saturday

Posted on 27 September 2013 by WNST Staff

MSU (0-4, 0-0 MEAC) vs. Norfolk State (0-3, 0-0 MEAC)
Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013 – 1 p.m. ET
Hughes Stadium (10,000)
Baltimore, Md.

GAME TIME
The Bears (0-4) will open Mid-Eastern Conference play against Norfolk State on Saturday (Sept. 28) in Baltimore (Md.) for Morgan State’s home opener. The Bears have opened the 2013 season with four straight nonconference road tests. The Spartans are led by head coach Pete Adrian, who is in his ninth season at the helm for the Spartans. NSU (0-3) will enter the contest coming off of a tough home loss against Chareston Southern, 20-12. Morgan State will look to rebound from a 58-17 road loss against FBS-member Western Kentucky. Donald Hill-Eley, ranked third among winning coaches at MSU, enters his 12th year as head coach of the Bears.  Game time at Hughes Stadium is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET.

THE BEARS-SPARTANS MATCHUP 
• The Bears and Spartans will meet for the 26th time since 1965. Norfolk State leads the series 15-10 and has won the last six meetings against MSU since 2007.
• Last against the Spartans (Nov. 10, 2012) … Morgan State had five turnovers that led to Norfolk State’s 27-0 first half lead as the Spartans cruised to a 30-0 victory at Dick Price Stadium. Robert Council had a rough outing for the Bears as he completed just 4 of 12 passes 38 yards, and was picked off three times, including one that was returned 15 yards for a touchdown. Council was relieved by Seth Higgins who threw for 104 yards on 10 of 23 passing.
• The last time the Bears played the Spartans at Hughes Stadium was on Nov. 12, 2011 … Morgan State battled No. 22 Norfolk State throughout the first half, before one utterly forgettable stretch to open the second half. The Bears allowed 17 straight points in a span of 4 minutes, 26 seconds, turning a close game into a 47-14 rout.

ABOUT THE SPARTANS
• Norfolk State head coach Pete Adrian enters his ninth year guiding the Spartans and currently holds a 47-46 record (83-83 career record) and is the third-winningest coach in Spartan history. He guided the Spartans to the first MEAC football title and Division I Football Championship Subdivision playoff berth in school history in 2011.
• Norfolk State finished the 2012 season with a 4-7 overall record and went 2-6 in the MEAC.
• NSU returns 39 lettermen, including 17 starters from last year’s team.
• NSU QB Omari Timmons was 10 of 17 for 95 yards and a touchdown against Charleston Southern. He was also sacked three times.
•  Ben Robinson and Christian Reyes combined for 194 yards rushing on 34 carries to lead Charleston Southern to a 20-12 nonconference victory over Norfolk State. Robinson’s 2-yard scoring run early in the second quarter gave Charleston Southern (4-0) the lead. The Spartans  came back to score on a 1-yard pass from Omari Timmons to Ryan Wade. The point after was blocked. The Charleston Southern defense added the clinching touchdown when Dyland Black caused Norfolk State’s Tyler Clark to fumble in the end zone. Black recovered the fumble for the score.
• NSU senior LB Lynden Trail is one of the leaders for the Spartans defense. Trail will enter this weekend’s contest fresh off posting 10 tackles , including one sack and two pass breakups against Charston Southern … he has 22 tackles (14 solo) with 1.5 sacks thru three games.
• NSU graduate student RB Rolandan Finch ranks as the No. 2 leading rusher in the MEAC with 234 yards on 50 carries (4.7 avg). The 5-10, 215 pound Boston College transfer finished the Charleston Southern contest with a game-high 108 rushing yards. Finch is still in search of his first touchdown in a Spartan jersey.
• The Bears’ offensive unit will face a Spartan defense that ranks among the top in the league. NSU ranks No. 3 in the MEAC in total defense (355.7/g), and No. 2 versus the pass (141.7/g).

QUICK HITS
• MSU will enter the 2013 season with a number of veterans … the Bears’ roster includes 12 seniors and 15 juniors.
• The Bears return its top receiver from last season in Andrew King … King, a Columbia (Md.) product, had 25 catches for 334 yards (13.4) and scored a pair of touchdowns as a true sophomore.
• The Bears backfield lost All-MEAC running back Travis “Juice” Davidson to graduation, however the backfield is loaded with talented young players like Lamont Brown III, Herb Walker Jr., Tracy Martin and Orlando Johnson who will compete for the starting RB spot.
• The returning quarterback duo of Seth Higgins and Robert Council combined for 1,560 passing yards (140-of-301) and five touchdowns in 2012.
•  Joe Rankin returns as a shutdown cornerback for the Bears and finished with 46 tackles and lead the MEAC with five picks in 2012.
•  NT Demarco Bisbee leads a defensive line unit that returns 10 lettermen from last season … Bisbee posted 41 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss and
3.5 sacks in 2012.
•  LB Christopher Robinson was among the league leaders with 13.5 tackles for loss (No. 4), to go along with 40 tackles and 8.5 sacks.
•  Chris Flowers helped lead the Bears to a No. 1 ranking in the MEAC in kickoff return avearge (23.0 avg) and his 27.8 kick return average ranked No. 8 in the FCS last season.
•  The Bears added four new coaches to the 2013 staff … the new coaches are: Jerry Holmes (DC), Gordon Gregory (OC), LeAndre Creamer (DB) and Marcus Gladden(OL).

FINISHING TOUCHES … Morgan State has been pretty good this season when it comes to scoring in the red zone. Through the first four games, the Bears have scored 7-of-9 (78%) times inside its opponent’s 20 yardline. MSU ranks No. 7 in the MEAC in red zone scoring.

GETTING DEFENSIVE … The Morgan State defense has five players with at least 15 tackles so far this season.
• Junior linebacker Cody Acker leads the way with 41 stops (4th in MEAC), including a season-high 12 tackles at Liberty (Sept. 14).
• The next highest is senior Darien Irby who has posted 26 tackles from his starting strong safety position.

LAUNDRY SERVICE … Morgan State mistakes in the form of penalties have been troublesome for the Bears. MSU ranks No. 8 in the MEAC in penalties (32; 63.8 avg), but was flagged a season-low five times for 35 yards at Western Kentucky last Saturday.

HIGGINS STANDS TALL IN QB CAROUSEL … With Robert CouncilMoses Skillon and Ricky Fisk jockeying for additional playing time, Seth Higgins put together a solid outing last week at Western Kentucky. The junior completed 13 of his 21 passes for 126 yards and tossed two touchdowns. He also had 13 carries for 56 yards. Although he did throw a pair of interceptions, it was his best statistical performance since throwing for 153 yards in last season’s overtime win against Sacred Heart last year.

COLLECTING INTERCEPTIONS … The Bears have recorded five interceptions through four games. CB Joe Rankin has a pair of picks, while SS Peterson Javier, CBDeShaun Summers, and LB Bill Hill each have an interception to their credit. Morgan State’s defense currently ranks T-18 in the FCS in interceptions and No. 19 in pass defense (151.8 avg).

HIGGINS STANDS TALL IN QB CAROUSEL … With Robert CouncilMoses Skillon and Ricky Fisk jockeying for additional playing time, Seth Higgins put together a solid outing last week at Western Kentucky. The junior completed 13 of his 21 passes for 126 yards and tossed two touchdowns. He also had 13 carries for 56 yards. Although he did throw a pair of interceptions, it was his best statistical performance since throwing for 153 yards in last season’s overtime win against Sacred Heart last year.

INGRAM EARNS CFPA HONORS … Senior tight end Nate Ingram was honored by the College Football Performance Awards for his play last Saturday against BCS-member Western Kentucky. Ingram was named honorable mention tight end of the week after recording four catches for 60 yards. The Sicklerville (N.J.) was also on the receiving end of a 35-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Seth Higgins for the Morgan State’s first score of the game. It marked the second longest scoring play of the season for the Bears. Ingram, who has started at tight end in the first four games, is averaging 12.7 yards per reception and has six catches on the season.

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Morgan faces stiff test Saturday at FBS Western Kentucky

Posted on 20 September 2013 by WNST Staff

MSU (0-3, 0-0 MEAC) at Western Kentucky (1-2, 0-1 Sun Belt)
Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013 – 6 p.m. CT
Williams Stadium (22,113)
Bowling Green, Ky.

GAME TIME
The Bears (0-3) will travel to take on Sun Belt conference member Western Kentucky on Saturday (Sept. 21) in Bowling Green (Ky.) for the Hilltopper’s home-opener. The game will mark the Bears fourth straight road test. The Hilltoppers are led by head coach Bobby Petrino, who is in his first season at the helm for the Hilltoppers. WKU (1-2, 0-1) will enter the contest coming off of a tough loss in the final two minutes against South Alabama, 31-24, in the conference opener for both teams. Morgan State will look to rebound from a 38-10 road loss against Liberty. Donald Hill-Eley, ranked third among winning coaches at MSU, enters his 12th year as head coach of the Bears.  Game time at Houchens Industries/L.T. Smith Stadium is scheduled for 6 p.m. CT and will be available to watch through ESPN3 online and through mobile devices.

THE BEARS-HILLTOPPERS MATCHUP 
• Morgan State and Western Kentucky will meet for the first time in history.

ABOUT THE HILLTOPPERS
• Western Kentucky head coach Bobby Petrino enters his first year guiding the Hilltoppers and currently holds a 1-3 record, and a 76-28 career record. He previously was the head coach at Louisville and Arkansas.
• WKU was selected to finish second place in the Big South Conference, voted on by Big South head coaches and media panel.
• WKU QB Brandon Doughty was 27 of 47 for 282 yards and three touchdowns against South Alabama but also was intercepted three times, giving him eight in the past two games.
• Western Kentucky has scored on its opening possession in every game this season, opening this one with a five-play, 79-yard march capped by Doughty’s 16-yard touchdown pass to sophomore tight end Tyler Higbee, his second career scoring reception.
• WKU freshman WR Nicholas Norris caught two touchdown passes … he has 10 rec. for 129 yards with 3 TDs this season.
• WKU senior All-American RB Antonio Andrews, who led the NCAA in all-purpose yards (3,161 yards) last season, finished the South Alabama game with 122 yards on 15 carries … it marked his 12th 100-yard effort in the past 14 games … he leads the Hilltoppers ground game by averaging a whopping 6.9 yards per carry (48 att./332 yds).

QUICK HITS
• MSU will enter the 2013 season with a number of veterans … the Bears’ roster includes 12 seniors and 15 juniors.
• The Bears return its top receiver from last season in Andrew King … King, a Columbia (Md.) product, had 25 catches for 334 yards (13.4) and scored a pair of touchdowns as a true sophomore.
• The Bears backfield lost All-MEAC running back Travis “Juice” Davidson to graduation, however the backfield is loaded with talented young players like Lamont Brown III, Herb Walker Jr., Tracy Martin and Orlando Johnson who will compete for the starting RB spot.
• The returning quarterback duo of Seth Higgins and Robert Council combined for 1,560 passing yards (140-of-301) and five touchdowns  in 2012.
•  Joe Rankin returns as a shutdown cornerback for the Bears and finished with 46 tackles and lead the MEAC with five picks in 2012.
•  NT Demarco Bisbee leads a defensive line unit that returns 10 lettermen from last season … Bisbee posted 41 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss and
3.5 sacks in 2012.
•  LB Christopher Robinson was among the league leaders with 13.5 tackles for loss (No. 4), to go along with 40 tackles and 8.5 sacks.
•  Chris Flowers helped lead the Bears to a No. 1 ranking in the MEAC in kickoff return avearge (23.0 avg) and his 27.8 kick return average ranked No. 8 in the FCS last season.
•  The Bears added four new coaches to the 2013 staff … the new coaches are: Jerry Holmes (DC), Greg Gregory (OC), LeAndre Creamer (DB) and Marcus Gladden (OL).

NON-CONFERENCE GRADE … The Bears are 14-23 (.378) overall in non-conference play under Donald Hill-Eley. The Bears will open the 2013 campaign with four consecutive road games against non-conference opponents, starting with Army (8/30), followed by trips to Robert Morris (9/7), Liberty (9/14) and Western Kentucky (9/21).

MOSES ENTERS … Redshirt-freshman Moses Skillon had a productive start to his collegiate career. Skillon entered the ballgame at Robert Morris and really provided a spark to an offensive unit that had trouble getting into any sort of rhythm. The 6-4, 210 pound Liberty City (Fla.) product completed 9-of-18 passes for 207 yards and threw a pair of touchdowns to Andrew King. Skillon recorded his first start last week at Liberty and completed 3 of 12 passes for 28 yards, and finished with a team-high 90 yards on the ground.

FINISHING TOUCHES … Morgan State has been virtually automatic this season when it comes to scoring in the red zone. Through the first three games, the Bears have scored 5-of-6 (83%) times inside its opponent’s 20 yardline. MSU ranks No. 4 in the MEAC in red zone scoring.

GETTING DEFENSIVE … The Morgan State defense has five players with at least 10 tackles so far this season.
• Junior linebacker Cody Acker leads the way with 32 stops (T-2nd in MEAC), including a season-high 12 tackles at Liberty (Sept. 14).
• The next highest is senior Darien Irby who has posted 20 tackles from his starting strong safety position.

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Morgan looks for first win Saturday at Liberty

Posted on 13 September 2013 by WNST Staff

MSU (0-2) at Liberty (1-1)
Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013 – 7 p.m. ET
Williams Stadium (19,200)
Lynchburg, Va.

GAME TIME
The Bears (0-2) will travel to take on Liberty on Saturday (Sept. 14) in Lynchburg (Va.) for the Flames’ annual Hall of Fame game. Liberty, a member of the Big South conference, are led by head coach Turner Gill, who is in his second season at the helm for the Flames. Liberty (1-1) will enter the contest coming off of an impressive 45-15 home victory against Monmouth last Saturday. Morgan State looks to rebound from a 31-14 road loss against Robert Morris. Donald Hill-Eley, ranked third among winning coaches at MSU, enters his 12th year as head coach of the Bears.  Game time at Williams Stadium is scheduled for 7 p.m. and will be available to watch through ESPN3 online (http://es.pn/MORGvsLIB) and through mobile devices.

THE BEARS-FLAMES MATCHUP 
• Morgan State and Liberty will meet for the fourth time in history – The Flames lead the series 2-1 since 1992.
• The game will mark the Bears’ first trip to Lynchburg since 1995 … MSU suffered a  48-19 loss under coach Ricky Diggs.
• LAST MEETING (Sept. 21, 1996) — Behind quarterback Otis Covington’s 367 yards of total offense, Morgan State slid past Liberty, 34-28, in overtime before a crowd of 1,558. The Bears improved to 2-1 for the  season, it was their first winning record in seven seasons and second in a span of 14 years.

ABOUT THE FLAMES
• Liberty head coach Turrner Gill enters his 2nd year guiding the Flames and currently holds a 7-6 record, and a 32-55 career record.
• The Flames (1-1) on the season after a 45-15 rout against non-conference opponent Monmouth last Saturday in Lynchburg, Va.
• Liberty finished the 2012 season with a 6-5 overall record and went 5-1 in the League the fourth consecutive year and shared the Big South Conference championship.
• The Liberty University football team was selected to finish second place in the Big South Conference, voted on by Big South head coaches and media panel.
• LU returns 18 starters from last year’s championship team.

QUICK HITS
• MSU will enter the 2013 season with a number of veterans … the Bears’ roster includes 12 seniors and 15 juniors.
• The Bears return its top receiver from last season in Andrew King … King, a Columbia (Md.) product, had 25 catches for 334 yards (13.4) and scored a pair of touchdowns as a true sophomore.
• The Bears backfield lost All-MEAC running back Travis “Juice” Davidson to graduation, however the backfield is loaded with talented young players like Lamont Brown IIIHerb WalkerTracy Martin and Orlando Johnson who will compete for the starting RB spot.
• The returning quarterback duo of Seth Higgins and Robert Council combined for 1,560 passing yards (140-of-301) and five touchdowns  in 2012.
•  Joe Rankin returns as a shutdown cornerback for the Bears and finished with 46 tackles and lead the MEAC with five picks in 2012.
•  NT Demarco Bisbee leads a defensive line unit that returns 10 lettermen from last season … Bisbee posted 41 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss and
3.5 sacks in 2012.
•  LB Christopher Robinson was among the league leaders with 13.5 tackles for loss (No. 4), to go along with 40 tackles and 8.5 sacks.
•  Chris Flowers helped lead the Bears to a No. 1 ranking in the MEAC in kickoff return avearge (23.0 avg) and his 27.8 kick return average ranked No. 8 in the FCS last season.
•  The Bears added four new coaches to the 2013 staff … the new coaches are: Jerry Holmes (DC), Greg Gregory (OC), LeAndre Creamer (DB) and Marcus Gladden (OL).

FLAGWORK
The Bears will look to cut down on their penalties … the Bears have been penalized 20 times (73 yds) in the first two games.

IMPRESSIVE DEBUT
•  Morgan State recorded 301 yards of total offense on 62 plays and committed zero turnovers.
•  The Bears gained 185 rushing yards on 52 carries … it marked the most rushing attempts by the Bears since 2008 when they finished with 51 carries versus Hampton.
•  Redshirt-freshman RB Lamont Brown III started in his first career game and finished with 75 yards on 19 carries against Army.
•  RB Herb Walker gained 56 yards on 10 carries, including an 18-yard run in the 4th quarter. Freshman RB Orlando Johnson added 11 yards on three carries.
•  True freshman QB Ricky Fisk had two runs during his first action in the Blue & Orange.
• Lawrence Forbes made a strong debut for the Bears at Army. The redshirt-freshman averaged 44 yards on four punts, including a 63-yard blast. All four of his punts landed inside of the 20 yardline.
•  True freshman LB Isaiah Lewis posted five tackles
•  Redshirt-sophomore LT Daniel Owuegbu had a solid showing in his first career start with the Bears.
•  Junior LB Cody Acker recorded the first double-digit tackle total (10) and also recorded the Bears’ first sack of the season.
•  Senior WR Chris Flowers was on the receiving end of a 22-yard touchdown pass from junior Robert Council.
• QB Moses Skillon made his collegiate debut against the Robert Morris Colonials … the redshirt-freshman completed 9-of-18 passes for 207 yards, including a pair of TD throws to WR Andrew King.

11 FIRST-TIME STARTERS
Eleven Bears made their first starts Saturday at Army. On offense, LT Daniel Onwuegbu, LG Dominique Woods, FB Dionte Holland, RB Lamont Brown III and SE Thomas Martin all experienced their first start. And on defense four Bears were first-time starters: defensive linemen Andrew Mitchell, Heleaince Gates, LBs Ta’Quon Jackson andBill Hill. On special teams, punter Lawrence Forbes and placekicker Chris Moller.

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