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Morgan to hold first spring football game under new coach Hull Saturday

Posted on 25 April 2014 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, Md. – Morgan State fans should mark their calendars for Saturday, April 26 as the Bears will conclude its spring football practice with the annual Blue-Orange Spring Game under new head coach Lee Hull.

“We’re wrapping up the spring practice season and we encourage our fans to come out and support the 2014 edition of the Bears Football Program,” said Hull. “The spring game will be a great opportunity for fans to see all the hard work and effort this program has put in over the last few weeks.”

“Fans will get a very good idea of what to expect for the upcoming 2014 season. They’ll see a very exciting offense, a very physical defense, and a team that’s going to go out there and compete.”

Kickoff for the contest is set for 1 p.m. at Hughes Stadium.  The admission is free of charge to the public.

The spring game is scheduled for four 15-minute quarters. The clock will stop during the first half and will run continuously in the second half. In addition to touchdowns and field goals, points are awarded on offense for explosive plays, while the defenders gain points for sacks, tackles for loss, three and outs, and turnovers.

Morgan State fans will have a chance to get a glimpse of what’s shaping up to be another highly anticipated football season on East Cold Spring Lane.

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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 announces Spring football game set for April 26

Posted on 05 March 2014 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, Md. – Head coach Lee Hull and staff will take to the practice fields with their players for the first time Tuesday, March 18 at approximately 3:30 p.m. for the official start of the 2014 Morgan State football spring drills.

The 2014 springs drills – 15 practices, including the Blue-Orange Spring Game April 26 – kick off a couple of historic notes for the football program, which will play its 106th season this fall:

1.  The practices will mark the first opportunity for Hull and his staff to work on drills and skills after seeing only conditioning and training exercises since Hull took sole leadership of the program Jan. 9; and
2.  Spring drills will also signify the start of Morgan State’s 38th season of football in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

The drills will additionally give the Bears players an opportunity to see, hear and feel football on the fields under their new coach.

“Spring ball will be very competitive,” said Morgan State head coach Lee Hull. “We are looking to find out who our playmakers are at every position.”

“I expect the players to be very focused, enthusiastic and hard working. This is a very exciting time for the Morgan State football program.”

What Hull will, or will not see in terms of numbers when he assembles his 84 players on the practice fields this spring will be:

+ A senior class comprised of 13 individuals;
+ 73 lettermen returning off the 2013 team (39 on offense, 31 on defense and 3 specialists)
+ 16 departed lettermen (10 on offense, 6 on defense and 0 specialists);
+12 returning starters, including six on defense (LB Cody Acker, LB Christopher Robinson, LB Bill Hill, DB Deshaun Summers, S Paul Eatman, DL Heleiance Gates, six on offense (QB Seth Higgins, RB Lamont Brown III, WR Antonio Jefferson, OL Daniel Onwuegbu, OL Darren Pinnock, FB Dionte Holland).
+ The return of both kickers – P Lawrence Forbes – PK Chris Moller and long snapper Willie Gillus
+ Eight departed starters, including offensive lineman Karim Barton, wideout Chris Flowers, wideout Tubotein Taylor. Cornerback Joe Rankin, defensive lineman Lucson Noel, linebacker Stephen Blissett, free safety Darien Irby, cornerback Lafredo Brady
+ The 2014 recruiting class is comprised of 10 true freshmen

PRACTICE DATES, TICKETS & MORE

Practice Dates: The Bears will practice on the following dates:
March 18, 20, 22
April 1, 3, 5, 8, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24 and 26.

Spring Game: Saturday, April 26, 2014

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Morgan State announces 10 man football recruiting class

Posted on 06 February 2014 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, Md. - Morgan State University football head coach Lee Hull revealed a 10-member National Letter of Intent signing day class that is loaded with players from the state of Maryland and Washington, D.C.

“Our emphasis on recruiting was to recruit the best players in the state of Maryland and D.C.,” said Hull.  “I feel that this class reflects that nine of the 10 players are from the state of Maryland and D.C.”

The signing class consists of three offensive linemen, three defensive linemen, three linebackers and one wide receiver.

“We recruited based on need this year, and we hit our target,” Hull added. “Offensive and defensive linemen were our biggest needs and we signed three at both positions.”

Hull also emphasized his commitment to recruiting student-athletes who not only have a responsibility to on-field success, but also off-field priorities.

“We want to recruit the best student-athletes possible and this class reflects that. This class is academically sound and will be leaders in the classroom.”

2014 Recruiting Class

Offensive Line (3)

Matthew Thompson 6-4, 320, Lanham, Md., Perry Hall HS
First Team All-State … Baltimore Sun First-Team All-Metro … First Team All-Baltimore … Super 22 All-Star … Helped pace the way for 2,994 rushing yards … Recorded 50+ pancake blocks … Did not allow a sack while team passed for 2,127 yards … Was also recruited by Maryland, Buffalo and Mount Union

Ehijele Ubuane 6-4, 260, Baltimore, Md., Saint Frances Academy
Was selected 2012 MIAAC Conference Champions … Was also recruited by Marshall and Albany

Joshua Miles 6-6, 285, Randallstown, Md., Western Tech
2012 All-Division selection … 2013 All-Division/County … 2013 All-Star selection … Was team captain at the City vs. County All-Star game … Was also recruited by Old Dominion, Towson and North Carolina A&T 

Defensive Line (3)

Ayodeji (AJ) Agbelese 6-2, 234, Columbia, Md., Duval HS
Recorded 40 tackles … Recorded 40 tackles (32) as a senior … Helped lead the Tigers to a 10-2 record and an 8-1 league title 

Dalonte’ Jenifer 6-2, 286, Baltimore, Md., Saint Frances Academy
2012 MVP … Mervo Chesapeake Bowl selected … Maryland Big 33 selection … 2013 All-State Honorable Mention 

Marquese Meadow 6-1, 310, Washington, D.C., Friendship Collegiate
… Was also recruited by Akron, East Michigan and Tennessee

Linebackers (3)

Jordan Cry 6-1, 215, Southfield, Mich., Southfield HS?
Helped lead the Bluejays go undefeated in its division … Recorded 120 tackles during the 2012 season … Detroit News All-Metro North All-Second Team … Oakland Activities All-Association honors … Was listed as one of the top linebackers at the Adidas Invitational 

Brandon Griffin 5-11, 200, Baltimore, Md., Centennial HS
Was team captain for the Cougars … Williamson Country Player of the Week

Damare’ Whitaker 6-0, 220, Washington, D.C., Friendship Collegiate
Selected 2013 Defensive Player of the Year … Was selected to the Chesapeake Bowl … Was also recruited by Bowling Green, Eastern Michigan and Ohio

Wide Receiver (1)

Dominic Miller 5-8, 180, Baltimore, Md., Paul Laurence Dunbar HS
Two-time State Champion (2011, 2012) … 2013 All-State First Team selection … Had 56 catches for 1,106 yards and 12 TDs as a senior with the Poets … Was one of the top performers at the Next Level Nation 5 Star Showcase  

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Hull brings experience molding NFL players to Morgan State

Posted on 09 January 2014 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, Md. – Lee Hull was introduced by Morgan State University Athletics Director Floyd Kerr as the new head football coach of the Morgan State Bears on January 9th.  Hull has been the assistant coach at Maryland since 2008, and has built an impressive coaching resume.

Hull, 48, becomes the 19th head football coach in Morgan State history.

Hull comes to MSU after spending the past six seasons (2008-13) with the University of Maryland as wide receivers coach. During his time there he helped coach Darrius Heyward-Bey (Indianapolis Colts) and Torrey Smith (Baltimore Ravens) to first and second round NFL Draft selections, respectively, as well as building one of the most talented receiving corps in the ACC this season.

Hull also helped developed LaQuan Williams (Baltimore Ravens), Tony Logan (New England Patriots) and Quintin McCree (Winnipeg Blue Bombers) who went on to careers in professional football after leaving College Park.

Hull also has experience coaching other positions. He tutored running backs his first two seasons at Oregon State and wide receivers the last three. He coached three OSU All-Americans, including a pair of wideouts, and was a part of four bowl wins.

In 2006, he coached Sammie Stroughter to All-America status in one of Oregon State’s best seasons. The Beavers posted a 10-4 record, second-best in school history, including a win over Missouri in the Sun Bowl. That season, Stroughter led the Pac-10 Conference and ranked 10th in the country in receiving yards per game (92.4).

Stroughter was on the watch list for the 2007 Biletnikoff Award, which honors the top receiver in the nation. He went on to be selected in the 2009 NFL Draft by Tampa Bay.

In Hull’s first season in charge of OSU wide receivers, Mike Hass ended his stellar career as a first-team All-America selection and the winner of the 2005 Biletnikoff Award. Hass posted the third-highest receiving yards total (3,924) in league history. He is currently a member of the Seattle Seahawks.

Hull also coached current St. Louis Rams’ running back Steven Jackson during the
2003 season. Jackson was a first-team All-Pac-10 and third-team All-America choice as a junior, his final season at OSU. He was a first-round draft choice in the 2004 NFL Draft.

Prior to his five seasons at Oregon State, Hull spent five years (1998-2002) at his alma mater, the College of the Holy Cross. He coached linebackers for one season before becoming wide receivers coach, as well as overseeing the kickoff coverage and kickoff return units. He also went on to become the passing game coordinator.

Hull was a standout wide receiver at Holy Cross from 1984-87, playing under former Maryland coach Mark Duffner his final two seasons. The Crusaders posted a 21-1 record his last two years and were ranked No. 1 in Division I-AA in 1987. Holy Cross also won the Colonial League title and the Lambert Cup that season. He was a preseason All-America choice as a junior.

He went on to play professionally with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the CFL. Hull spent 1990-92 with Winnipeg where he was coached by Mike Riley in his first season. Riley was the head coach at Oregon State during Hull’s five-year tenure. The Blue Bombers won the 1990 Grey Cup. He also played for Toronto in 1992.

Hull was also a free-agent signee of the New England Patriots in 1998.

Prior to joining Holy Cross, he coached at the prep level in Massachusetts for five years. He was offensive coordinator at South High School in Worcester, Mass., for three years (1992-94) and the passing game coordinator at Auburn High School in 1995. He returned to South High in 1996 as head coach.

During his coaching career, Hull has participated in a number of internships. In 1999 he interned in the CFL. In 2000 and 2001 he took part in the NFL’s Minority Internship Program. In addition, he attended the 2007 Minority Coaches Forum in Chandler, Ariz.

Hull earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from Holy Cross in 1988 and a master’s in secondary education from Worcester State in 1995.

He had a stellar high school career as both a football player and track performer.

A native of Vineland, N.J., Hull lettered twice as a wide receiver for Vineland High School. He was selected All-Cape League, first-team All-South Jersey, first-team All-New Jersey Group-4, honorable mention all-state and the Vineland Student-Athlete of the Year. He was a long jumper and ran the 400 meters.

Hull and his wife, Stacey, have two sons, Alexander and Jordan, and one daughter, Laila.

The Hull File

Coaching Experience

Maryland
2008-13.: Assistant Coach – Wide Receivers

Oregon State
2003-04: Assistant Coach – Running Backs
2005-07: Assistant Coach – Wide Receivers

Holy Cross
2000-02: Assistant Coach – Wide Receivers/Passing Game Coord./Kickoff Return
1999: Assistant Coach – Wide Receivers/Kickoff Coverage
1998: Assistant Coach – Linebackers

San Diego Chargers
2000-01: Internship

Winnipeg Blue Bombers
1999: Volunteer Assistant Coach

South (Worcester, Mass.) High School
1996-97: Head Coach
1992-94: Assistant Coach – Offensive Coordinator

Auburn (Mass.) High School
1995: Assistant Coach – Passing Game Coordinator

Playing Experience
Winnipeg Blue Bombers
1990-92: Wide Receiver

Toronto Argonauts
1992: Wide Receiver

Holy Cross
1984-87: Wide Receiver

Recruiting Areas
• Primary: South Jersey, Delaware, Cincinnati and Detroit
• Secondary: Michigan
• Local: Carroll County

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Morgan State to introduce Maryland assistant Hull as new head coach

Posted on 09 January 2014 by WNST Staff

After spending the last six seasons as a valuable assistant for University of Maryland football, Lee Hull will be introduced as the new head football coach at Morgan State on Thursday.

The wide receivers coach and talented recruiter will be replacing Donald Hill-Eley, whose contract expired after the 44-year-old coach went 59-76 in his 12 seasons with the Bears. Morgan State finished 5-7 overall and 5-3 in the MEAC this past season.

Hull, 48, was the last holdover remaining on the Maryland coaching staff after former head coach Ralph Friedgen was dismissed at the end of the 2010 season. He is the second Terps assistant to receive a head-coaching position this offseason as defensive line coach Greg Gattuso became the new head man at Albany.

Morgan State will introduce Hull on Thursday morning.

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Maryland OC Locksley thinks WR Long could be starter

Posted on 10 April 2013 by WNST Staff

Quotes from Maryland Football Assistant Coaches

Wide Receivers Coach Lee Hull:

On the offensive unit:

“I think we are starting to play a little faster because we are in our second year in this type of offense. Last year our offense was thinking a lot, trying to get lined up, so I think having this be our second year we have a lot more consistency. The players are starting to figure out what we are trying to do, so that is going to help them play faster and make plays.

“I have always told our players that they have to know our offense like the back of their hand so it becomes second nature. Now I do a three-click test, they get three seconds to get an answer right about our attack because that is how fast paced it moves on the field. When you are in a game situation you don’t have much time to think, you have to line up, read the coverage, adjust your split and know the route you are running all in a matter of seconds. Getting used to this no-huddle offense and playing at a faster pace is starting to come more naturally. “

 

On the wide receivers:

“If I had to give them a letter grade I would give them a C+ right now. I think there is always some room for improvement. The grade might seem a little low because I think in the beginning of the spring we didn’t do as well as we expected to. But now that we are in the second half, we are performing better and learning from our mistakes.”

 

On standout players:

“I think everyone has made strides of improvement, but I would say Malcolm Culmer has made the most. He has been the most consistent all around, both in blocking and running routes.”

 

Offensive Coordinator/QB Coach Mike Locksley:

On Deon Long’s impact:

“I think his familiarity with the system has allowed him and afforded him the opportunity to come in and put himself in the position of possibly being a starter for us. His accomplishments have helped build his confidence, but now we have to fine-tune the intricacies and techniques to help him excel as a wide receiver against the top completion. The knowledge of the system will give him a chance to come in and play right away, but how quickly he picks up the technique will determine the type of success he has at Maryland. “

 

On the receiving unit:

“They have the potential to be a really strong unit on our team this year.  To have the skill that we have on the outside, I would say as a coaching staff we feel really good about our talent. I would also say although they have talent, they must also perform at the type of level that is necessary to be successful.”

 

On the players’ familiarity with his offense entering year two:

“There’s definitely a natural ease in that the terminology, the plays, the techniques, we’re going through all of it. This is the third time it’s been installed for some of these guys — we put it in last spring, we did it again in the fall and now we’re doing it again in the spring. There’s definitely a familiarity with it.”

Running Backs Coach/Special Teams Coordinator Andre Powell:

On moving Joe Riddle to another position

“I think initially Joe was recruited at another position, and then as we watched him we determined that his skills were best suited for running back. He has improved this spring, and has exceeded my expectations. To play running back you have to be smart and be involved in every facet of the offense. You also have to be really tough, and I think he is starting to pull all of those aspects together.”

 

On finding a back who can play every down:

“We would like to have an every-down back, a guy that can run the ball on a normal down and one that can operate within the passing game as well. We haven’t gotten that far in our planning, but I think we are looking for guys to play every down.”

 

Offensive Line Coach Tom Brattan:

On Ryan Doyle:

“Ryan has moments where he is really good. His thing to me is playing on a more consistent level and growing into his body.”

 

On new players:

“We see improvement in all of our guys, we just have to gage if we are on track for the start of the season. I think spring football has been huge for us in determining what we need to work on over the summer. Summer ball is going to be huge for us.”

 

On Silvano Altamirano:

“He has been a welcome addition. He has come in and brought a lot of athleticism. He is receptive to what we are telling him. Is he a finished product? No, but certainly he will help us out. I would say he has the athletic ability to play either guard position.”

 

Tight Ends Coach/Recruiting Coordinator John Dunn:

On importance of practice time in March and April:

“We are allowed 15 practices, and these guys aren’t 10-year veterans. We need everything we can get, and we need to maximize this time. Going into the summer the guys must know what things they have to work on individually, and I think it is critical to have this time so going into the fall they have a base understanding of what we are coaches need them to do in terms of fundaments, techniques and schemes. This time of development is huge.”

 

On Dave Stinebaugh’s role this season:

“I think Dave has always had the ability to accomplish the things he has shown us this spring. As coaches we have always seen that he has great capability. He has had the injury bug which has set him behind a little, but I think he is going to be able to do everything that Matt Furstenburg was able to do. Dave can be effective in both the running and passing game, he is dynamic.”

 

Outside Linebackers Coach Lyndon Johnson:

On starters:

“Right now Marcus Whitfield would be the ‘Will’ and Matt Robinson would be at the ‘Sam.’ We have to see how his shoulders hold up. Coming back from those two surgeries is obviously a concern, but he seems to be progressing very well.”

 

On spring surprises:

“I wouldn’t say Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil was a surprise. Since the moment he got here his work ethic has been off the charts. He has a non-stop motor, and he is one of the stronger guys. I expected him to do the things he is doing now because of his transfer status. I think the group as a whole is very impressive. They pick things up a lot faster than I thought they would, and we are playing fast right now.”

 

Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs Coach Brain Stewart:

On athleticism of defensive line:

“I think the defensive line did a great job this spring in terms of pass rushing and playing blocks. It is hard because we are going to play against big guys. Joe [Vellano] and A.J. [Francis] played big, so I am excited to see if we can play big again this fall. Right now we are playing athletic, but I am still unsure if we can play big.”

 

On the players’ familiarity with his system entering year two:

“Last year they were in a learning process so we had to tone everything down and make sure they knew what to do. Now with it being the second year in the defense, now they’re playing fast and we’re trying to do what we’re supposed to do at a high level.”

 

On biggest accomplishment made by the defense this spring:

“I think we are a good pressure team, and we can play a little more man than we could last year. “

 

Defensive Line/Assistant Head Coach Greg Gattuso:

On improving defensive vision:

“The actions are what we are trying to get done. We are blending a lot of youth into this defense, but the knowledge is something that will make it work. Everyone is on the same page and understanding what we are trying to get done.”

 

On defensive room:

“The thing that has been interesting with the defensive line room is Joe [Vellano] and A.J. [Francis] were very domineering personalities, they answered every question and were incredibly knowledgeable. What happens now is the younger guys can answer questions and express themselves. Everyone is increasing their confidence in the defense because they are not overwhelmed by the bigger personalities.”

 

Inside Linebackers Coach Keith Dudzinski:

On overall unit:

“The one thing we want to do with the 3-4 is stop the run, and try to make teams a little more one dimensional. I think we have been doing a pretty good job because we are challenged every day in practice with our offense. We have done a pretty good job holding up the run so far. I think being in the second year of this defense has helped guys understand concepts better, and guys now know what their jobs are and what we expect from them. We are playing a lot faster and seeing things better.”

 

On Bradley Johnson:

“Bradley has been quiet here for the last two years, and other players injuries have given him an opportunity to come in and do a great job. I think he is going to give us more competition at the inside linebacker position.”

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