Morgan State travels to Delaware State for first MEAC road game

October 02, 2015 | WNST Staff


Morgan State (1-2, 1-0 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) will hit the road to continue conference play when they travel to Dover, Del., to take of the Delaware State Hornets (0-3, 0-0) at Alumni Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. and will be broadcast by WEAA, 88.9FM. The Bears are coming off a 21-13 win over Howard at the Chicago Football Classic, while the Hornets had a bye last Saturday.

• Morgan State leads the series against Delaware State with an overall record of 33-26.
• In their last meeting, the Bears broke several school records in their 69-7 pummeling of the Hornets at Hughes Stadium on Nov. 22, 2014. With the win the Bears not only won a share of the MEAC title, but they also clinched the MEAC’s automatic qualifier berth into the FCS playoffs.
• The last time Delaware State beat the Bears was on Oct. 25, 2012 when the Hornets walked out of Hughes Stadium with a 28-23 victory.
• The Morgan State Bears have won 5 of the last 7 meetings against Delaware State since 2008, including the last two meetings (2013, 2014).

• Morgan State RB Lamont Brown III was selected Chicago Classic MVP following a season best 11 carries for 75 yards in a win against Howard.
• R-senior QB Moses Skillon completed 16-of-29 passes for season-high 211 yards last Saturday, including a season-long 64-yard pass to redshirt senior WR Andrew King (8 rec., 115 yds, 2TDs).
• MSU had a conference-best 10 players selected to the 2015 All-MEAC preseason team, including four players who were named to the first team.
• Coach added two assistants to initial coaching staff … the new coaches are: Mike Fanoga (DC) and Travis Manger (OL).
• MSU had a conference-best 10 players selected to the 2015 All-MEAC preseason team, including four players who were named to the first team.
• Head Coach Lee Hull hold a 2-1 career record in games played in October.
• Lee Hull’s Bears were predicted to finish last in the MEAC’s Preseason Order of Finish. However, MSU not only finished with its first winning record since 2009…but they also captured its first MEAC Title in 35 years and its first Division I FCS Playoff berth.

• The Hornets finished the 2014 season with an overall mark of 2-10 and a 2-6 MEAC record, and were picked to finish 10th in the 2015 MEAC Preseason Poll.
• They returned 64 letterwinners to go along with 14 nine starters from a team that lost its last five games on the 2014 season.
• The Hornets had three (3) players selected to the Preseason All-MEAC Teams: DB Terrick Colston; C Anthony Mengoni; and DL Gabriel Sherrod.
• Delaware State is still in search of its first win of the 2015 season as a results of losses at Liberty (32-13), at Kent State (45-13) and most recently a 31-30 home-opener loss against Division II’s Chowan on Sept. 19… it was Chowan’s first win over a Division I opponent.
• The Hornets have taken their lumps during the earlier going of the season. They’ve been outscored in their first three contests by a margin of 108-56.
• Esayah Obado, a 6-foot-3, 220 pound quarterback, will lead the Hornets offense when they host MSU. The junior from Hamilton (N.J.) has completed 26-of-56 passes for 303 yards and a touchdown, including four picks. He sat out the 2014 season as a result of a lower back injury.
• The Hornet’s ground game is led by standout RB Jamaal Jackson. The r-junior has 136 yards (3.0 avg) on 45 carries including a pair of TDs. He also ranks 2nd on the team in catches (6 rec., 69 yds).
• The main target in the Hornet’s air attack has been Malik Golson (5-9, 190). The r-junior leads the squad with 9 receptions for 94 yards, including a TD.
• The defense has been led by LB Malik Harris (6-0, 210), who ranks No. 2 in the MEAC in tackles (38 tackles), including four tackles or loss, a sack and an interception; while DB Terrick Colston (6-1, 190) has added 31 stops (ranked No. 3 in MEAC) and had a 72-yard fumble recovery.
• The Hornets currently rank dead last in total offense (164.0/g) and has allowed a league high 11 sacks.

…. give Lee Hull his 9th career win as a head coach.
… would be the Bears’ third straight victory over Delaware State.
… mark the Bears first time opening the conference 2-0 since 2012 (with road wins at N.C. A&T and Savannah State).
… mark the Bears third consecutive win on the road against Delaware State since 2011.
… mark the Bears first true road win since defeating Hampton (38-35) on Nov. 1, 2014 at Armstrong Stadium during the Pirates’ Homecoming.

Morgan State was a power as a former member of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA). The Bears posted 173 wins between 1929 and 1959 when Edward P. Hurt was the head coach and the Bears won 14 CIAA championships. Earl Banks added to the championship collection by winning four titles during the 1960s and a MEAC title in 1971. Clarence Thomas led the Bears to a MEAC title in 1979…and now – after a 35-year drought – head coach Lee Hull has added a MEAC title following a thrilling and historical 2014 season. Other MSU highlights:

• Four (4) Pro Football Hall of Famers (Len Ford, Leroy Kelly, Roosevelt Brown & Willie Lanier)
• 19 CIAA championships
• 4 MEAC championships
• 30 consecutive games won (8th in 1964 to the 5th in 1968)
• 57 longest non-losing streak (4th in 1931 to the 6th in 1938)
• 4 MEAC Coaches of the Year; 3 Offensive POTY; 4 Defensive POTY; and 1 Offensive POTY
• 84 All-MEAC First Team selections
• 38 All-CIAA First Team selections

The Bears enter the 2015 season looking to post their first back-to-back winning seasons (over .500) since going 7-5 in 2002 and 6-5 in 2003.

The Bears will open the 2015 campaign with two of its first three non-conference matchups coming on the road. MSU opens the season at Air Force (Sept. 5), followed by a game at Illinois State (Sept. 12). The Bears round out non-conference play when they host Division II member VA-Lynchburg (Sept. 19) in the home-opener.

Ten (10) Bears were named to the MEAC preseason team at the 2015 MEAC Football Press Luncheon in Norfolk, Va. Senior C Dominique Woods, junior RB Herb Walker Jr., redshirt junior DB Delonte Hall led the contingent with first-team nods, while OL Matthew Thompson, redshirt senior QB Moses Skillon and WR Andrew King and PK Chris Moller were voted to the second team. Junior DB Antonio Jefferson and redshirt junior Andrew Mitchell and redshirt sophomore Orlando Johnson were selected to the third-team.

The MSU Bears wrapped up the preseason by naming the team captains for the 2015 season. The leadership group is comprised of a senior, two juniors and a sophomore … offense – Andrew King (Columbia, Md.), defense – Andrew Mitchell (Memphis, Tenn.) and Greg Gibson (Houston, Texas) and special teams – Chris Moller (Newport News, Va.).

The Bears will look for its second win of the season on Saturday versus MEAC foe Delaware State.
• The Bears improved to 1-2 with a 21-13 win at Soldier Field against Howard last Saturday.
• MSU will look for its first 2-0 MEAC start since the 2012 team went on the road to defeat N.C. A&T (21-8, Sept. 27), followed by Savannah State (45-6, Oct. 6).