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Morgan announces 2014 football schedule

Posted on 12 March 2014 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, Md. –  The Morgan State Bears 2014 football schedule features a 12-game slate, four games in Hughes Stadium, an NCAA Division I-Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) opponent and a return to the New York Urban League Whitney Young Classic.

“We’re excited about our schedule,” said first-year MSU head coach Lee Hull. “Our first opponent is FBS opponent Eastern Michigan, and I’m excited about returning to compete against my alma mater Holy Cross where I played football.”

“We’ll also have a great opportunity to showcase our team on the national level when we play our rivals [Howard] in the Whitney Young Classic.”

“This is my first season and I’m excited about competing for a MEAC championship.”

The Bears non-conference opponents in 2014 are Eastern Michigan, Holy Cross, Bowie State and Villanova. The Bears will not play Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Champion defending champion Bethune-Cookman in the regular season.

MSU will open its 2014 slate with a Saturday night road game on Aug. 30 against Chris Creighton’s Eastern Michigan team, marking the first meeting between the teams.

The Bears next travel to Worcester, Mass., on Sept. 1 to take on Hull’s alma mater, the Holy Cross Crusaders.

MSU welcomes Bowie State for the Bears’ home-opener at Hughes Stadium on Sept. 13.

“We’re excited about the opportunity to play against Bowie State,” said Hull. “It will be a great game for the region and the state of Maryland.”

MSU then begins MEAC play with the first of three road trips starting with a clash versus Howard at the Whitney Young Classic at MetLife Stadium on Sept. 20.  After facing the Bison, MSU will travel to take on Norfolk State on Sept. 27, followed by its first trip to Tallahassee in four years to square-off against the Florida A&M Rattlers on Oct. 4.

MSU returns to Hughes Stadium to play North Carolina Central on Oct. 18 for Homecoming.

The Bears next travel to CAA member Villanova on Oct. 25 for its first meeting with head coach Andy Talley’s Wildcats. The game is followed by a pair of road contests at Hampton on Nov. 1, and at North Carolina A&T on Nov. 8.

Morgan State concludes its regular season by hosting South Carolina State on Nov. 15 and Delaware State on Nov. 22.

Game times and television plans for Morgan State’s 2014 games will be announced at a later date.

The Bears are coming off a 5-7 season, and posted a 5-3 record in the MEAC.

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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 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 wraps regular season with visit from Hampton

Posted on 16 November 2012 by WNST Staff

GAME TIME
Morgan State (3-6, 2-4 MEAC) continues the 2012 season play in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference matchup against Hampton on Saturday at 1 p.m. ET at Hughes Stadium.  The Pirates are under the leadership of fourth-year head coach Donovan Rose. The Pirates (2-7, 2-5) are coming off a 35-27 loss against Delaware State.  The Bears were beat 30-0 against Norfolk State at William “Dick” Price Stadium.

THE BEARS-PIRATES MATCHUP
• The Bears and Pirates will meet for the 62nd time since 1930. Morgan State leads the series 36-23-2.
•  Nov. 19, 2011 – the Bears fell, 42-18, to Hampton in a game that knocked the Bears to 5-6 overall and 4-4 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. Hampton’s freshmen quarterback duo of Travis Champion and Bradford Hudson were solid. Champion completed 13-of-17 passes for 192 yards and tossed three touchdowns, while Hudson was 6-of-13 for 59 yards and threw a touchdown. MSU posted 311 total yards on offense, while the Pirates finished with 405.
• The last time the Pirates played in Hughes Stadium was on Nov. 20, 2010 … Morgan State managed just 10 first downs and 142 yards of total offense, giving up the game-winning touchdown on a 23-yard pass from David Legree to Javaris Brown with 46 seconds left in a 21-16 loss to Hampton. Morgan appeared to have had the game in hand, taking a 16-15 lead with 1:42 left on a 1-yard sneak by quarterback Delonte Williams, before allowing the Pirates to drive 78 yards on seven plays in under a minute.

QUICK HITS
Travis Davidson currently ranks 3rd in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) in rushing with 877 yards (87.7 avg/g). He also ranks No. 1 the MEAC in scoring (78 Pts).
•  QB Robert Council had a rough outing for the Bears at Norfolk State … he completed just 4 of 12 passes 38 yards, and was picked off three times, including one that was returned 15 yards by Deon King for a touchdown.
•  Cornerback Joe Rankin registered his 9th interception of his career, picking off Savannah State quarterback Antonio Bostic in the 1st quarter…He currently is tied for first in the MEAC in INTs with four in 10 games…he also ranks T-No. 3 in passes defended (10) with his freshman teammate DaShaun Summers (6 pass breakups & 2 INTs).
• The MSU defense has collected 11 interceptions (ranked No. 5 in MEAC) through the first 10 games of 2012.
•  The Bears enter Saturday’s contest as the MEAC’s No. 6 ranked scoring offense (21.2 avg/g).
•  True freshman LB Elandon Roberts currently ranks T-No. 2 in the MEAC in tackles by posting 88 tackles with one game left on the schedule. … he recorded a season-high 16 tackles against Delaware State on Oct. 25. Roberts was also added to the 2012 Jerry Rice Award Watch List. The selection puts Roberts among the top freshmen players in the country, adding further recognition to the linebacker’s outstanding first season.
•  Four of the Bears’ losses have been by a total of 10 points – an average of 2.5 points per game.

PIRATES THUMBNAIL
• The Pirates enter Week 10 coming off a 35-27 loss against Delaware State to drop to 2-7 overall and 2-5 in conference play.
• In 2011, Hampton finished with a 7-4 overall record and 5-3 in the MEAC.
Travis Champion leads the Pirates offense this season. Champion, a 6-2, 218-pounder from Moreno Valley (Calif.) has completed 117 of 191 for 1,223 yards and eight touchdowns, including nine interceptions. He currently ranks No. 3 in passing average (174.7 and No. 6 in pass efficiency (119.4/g).
• Through the first 10 games, RB Jeremiah Schwartz (5-11, 235) is the MEAC’s leading rusher (Ranks 12th in the FCS). The true freshman from Orlando (Fla.) has recorded 167 carries for 930 yards (5.6 avg), including nine TDs.  He rushed for a game-high 136 yards against Delaware State last Saturday. He has rushed for over 100 yards in six of the last 10 games, including a 201 yard outing against Bethune-Cookman.
• MSU’s offense will have to account for the Pirates’ linebacker Delbert Tyler. The junior currently ranks among the league leaders with 75 tackles (ranks 7th), to go along with 5.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks … he had a season-high 14 tackle outing against Bethune-Cookman.
• The Bears’ defensive unit will face a Hampton line that ranks No. 5 in the league in rushing by averaging 138.9 per contest.
• Through 10 games, the Pirates offense ranks 7th in the MEAC in scoring by posting 21.2 points per contest and ranks 5th in total offense (322.1/g).

JUICE UPDATE
Travis Davidson needs to gain 35 rushing yards to surpass Craig Nelson at No. 9 on the school’s all-time rushing list. “Juice” currently has 1,563 career rushing yards.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR THIS WEEK
•  The Bears having a 300-yard passing game for the first time since October 8, 2011. In Week 6, Morgan State defeated Savannah State 44-17 and Seth Higgins, Nate Furrha and Robert Council combined for 16-of-26 passes for 318 yards and five TDs.
•  Quarterback Robert Council needs just 25 yards to reach 1,000 passing yards for the season.
•  Cornerback Joe Rankin registering an interception would mark his fifth of the season and the 10th of his career.  He would need to collect six more to surpass Joe Fowlkes for the school record.  Fowlkes posted 15 INTs during his career (1975-78).
•  Running back Travis Davidson rushing for 100 yards or more for the eighth time in his career.

NOVEMBER CHILL
The Bears are 10-20 in November games since the start of the 2002 season and 3-8 at home that month.

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Morgan welcomes Bethune-Cookman for Senior Day Saturday

Posted on 02 November 2012 by WNST Staff

GAME TIME
Morgan State (3-5, 2-3 MEAC) continues the 2012 season play in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference matchup against No. 24 Bethune-Cookman on Saturday at 1 p.m. ET at Hughes Stadium.  The Wildcats enter the 2012 season under the leadership of third-year head coach Brian Jenkins. The Wildcats (6-2, 5-0) are coming off a 42-17 win against North Carolina Central.  The Bears fell short in the final moments against Delaware State 28-23 at Hughes Stadium.

THE BEARS-WILDCATS MATCHUP 
• The Bears and Wildcats will meet for the 28th time since 1986. Bethune-Cookman leads the series 18-8.

•  Nov. 5, 2011 – Isidore Jackson rushed for 93 yards and a touchdown, and Jackie Wilson ran for three touchdowns as Bethune-Cookman eased past Morgan State 49-23 before a Homecoming crowd of 9,649 at Municipal Stadium. Wilson finished 10-of-15 for 186 yards for the Wildcats who finished the ballgame with seven rushing touchdowns. Travis Davidson had a 44-yard rushing touchdown and rushed for a game-high 133 yards on 17 carries to lead Morgan State.

• The last time the Wildcats played in Hughes Stadium was on Oct. 2, 2010 … A dominating 69-32 victory over Morgan State extended the Wildcats’ record to 4-0 overall and 2-0 in the MEAC. MSU finished the game by committing eight turnovers, four by air (interceptions) and four by ground (fumbles). MSU, held to 247 yards total offense, got touchdowns from Tyrone Hendrix on a 93-yard kickoff return and Nico Scott on a 44-yard interception return and trailed 42-26 at halftime.

QUICK HITS
• Travis Davidson currently ranks 2nd in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) in rushing with 794 yards (113.4 avg/g). He also ranks No. 1 the MEAC in scoring (72 Pts).

•  QB Robert Council started against Delaware State and completed 13-of-19 passes for 68 yards and scored two touchdowns, including a  41-yard touchdown run.

•  Cornerback Joe Rankin registered his 9th interception of his career, picking off Savannah State quarterback Antonio Bostic in the 1st quarter…He currently leads the MEAC in INTs with four in eight games…he also ranks No. 3 in passes defended (10), while his freshman teammate DaShaun Summers leads the league with 1.33 average passes defended.

• The MSU defense has collected 10 interceptions (ranked No. 3 in MEAC) through the first eight games of 2012.

•  The Bears continue to be among the top scoring offenses in the league, entering Saturday’s contest as the MEAC’s No. 4 ranked scoring offense (24.9 avg/g).

•  True freshman LB Elandon Roberts currently ranks No. 2 in the MEAC in tackles by posting 76 tackles so far this season. … he recorded a season-high 16 tackles against Delaware State on Oct. 25.

•  Four of the Bears’ losses have been by a total of 10 points – an average of 2.5 points per game.

WILDCATS THUMBNAIL
• The Wildcats enter Week 9 coming off a 42-17 dominant performance against N.C. Central to move into sole possession of first place in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC). The win improved the Wildcats to 6-2 overall and 5-0 in conference play.

• In 2011, Bethune-Cookman finished with a 8-3 overall record and 6-2 in the MEAC.

• Bethune’s dual QB threat of Quentin Williams and Brodrick Waters continue to wreak havoc for defenses this season. Williams, a 6-foot, 190-pounder from Tampa (Fla.) has completed 49 of 83 for 655 yards and six touchdowns with an interception. He currenlty ranks No. 2 in pass efficiency (146.8 and No. 8 in passing average (109.2/g). Waters, a 5-11, 195-pounder from Sarasota (Fla.) ranbks No 8 in pass efficiency having completed 26 of 54 passes for 258 yards and four TDs.

• Bethune-Cookman maintained its status as the national leader in turnover margin with its +2.25 per game total.

• Through the first eight games, RB Isidore Jackson (5-10, 205) has been the leading rusher in the Wildcats’ high-octane offense. The junior from Mossey Head (Fla.) has recorded 126 carries for 707 yards (5.6 avg), including seven TDs.  He rushed for 158 yards and two touchdowns against N.C. Central last Saturday.

• MSU’s offense will have to account for the Wildcat’s linebacker Jarkevis Fields. The junior currently ranks among the league leaders with 63 tackles (ranks 12th), to go along with 3.5 tackles for loss and a sack.

• The Bears’ defensive unit will face a Wildcats line that leads the league in rushing by averaging 235.1 per contest.

• Through eight games, the Bethune-Cookman defense ranks 3rd in the MEAC in scoring defense by limiting opponents to 19.9 points per contest and ranks 3rd in total defense (317.8/g).

JUICE UPDATE
• Travis Davidson needs to gain 107 rushing yards to surpass Craig Nelson at No. 9 on the school’s all-time rushing list. “Juice” currently has 1,537 career rushing yards.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR THIS WEEK
•  The Bears rushing for 100 yards or more for the ninth consecutive game and for the 15th straight time since their October 8, 2011 game versus Savannah State.

•  The Bears having a 300-yard passing game for the first time since October 8, 2011. In Week 6, Morgan State defeated Savannah State 44-17 and Seth Higgins, Nate Furrha and Robert Council combined for 16-of-26 passes for 318 yards and five TDs.

•  Cornerback Joe Rankin registering an interception would mark his fifth of the season and the 10th of his career.  He would need to collect six more to surpass Joe Fowlkes for the school record.  Fowlkes posted 15 INTs during his career (1975-78).

•  Running back Travis Davidson rushing for 100 yards or more for the eighth time in his career.

SENIOR DAY
Twenty-one (21) Morgan State seniors will be honored before the start of Saturday’s game.

NOVEMBER CHILL
The Bears are 10-18 in November games since the start of the 2002 season and 3-8 at home that month.

NEXT UP
After Saturday’s contest versus Bethune-Cookman, the Bears will hit the road to play against the Spartans of Norfolk State.

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