Morgan wants intensity, not tension Opens road stretch at Norfolk State

September 07, 1991|By John W. Stewart

Wide receiver Glenny Moore remembers the last time Morgan State played Norfolk State. It was in Hughes Stadium two years ago, and he caught three touchdown passes in a 31-20 Morgan State victory.

"That was one of the best football games I've ever played," said Moore, a sure-handed senior out of Mervo. He caught scoring passes of 50, 60 and 24 yards, finishing with four receptions for 160 yards.

"I still watch the film clips of that one, because they bring back good memories. Now, I hope Norfolk remembers, because they are going to have to watch more than just me."

That's the essence of first-year coach Ricky Diggs' run-and-shoot offense. "This offense has so many weapons, it is up to us to utilize them," he said. "In the past, a defense could zero in on Glenny and there were no other weapons. Now, I think we can average 30 points a game."

Morgan State (0-1) takes its new show to Norfolk, Va., tonight (7 p.m.) for the first of four straight road games, meeting Norfolk State (1-0) at Foreman Field.

Moore has had an up-and-down college career, sitting out his freshman season, playing two years, then missing most of last year with a severe thigh injury. "I felt comfortable, not nervous," he said of his first start in two years. "I was waiting for the butterflies, but they didn't come. Maybe because I was busy trying to push the young guys, help them get ready for the game.

"You could tell things were going to be different, but we still need to learn how to win. We had a chance against [North Carolina] A&T [Morgan State led 7-6 at halftime, then gave up 20 third-quarter points], but after the half, we came out complacent and never got going."

Though he declared his team had to learn that a game was 60 minutes long, Diggs had a partial explanation for the situation.

"Old habits are hard to break," he said. "We found out we needed to be more aggressive in our offensive line. It is not enough just to get to your assignment; you must execute. We didn't throw a lot in the second half because we were not confident in the protection. We've made some changes and we expect to be better."

Moore is one of many players in the past dozen years to come to Morgan with the desire to be an impact player and help cure a sick program. It didn't work for his predecessors -- the last winning season was in 1979 -- but now when players talk about positive changes, there is reason to believe them.

"This year is different," said Moore, 6 feet 2, 205 pounds. "Things are going to change. We call Coach Diggs "The Enforcer," but we love him, because he brings discipline and organization to the program. I've learned so much in the last four weeks, and the team has worked so hard, we believe good things will happen. I'm optimistic. I really believe we are going to win. And not just this week, either. This is the beginning of a new era."

Diggs believes this and instills it in his players. "We have to get to the point where we are so confident, we don't get uptight," he said. "Yes, we want to play loose, have fun, but the important thing is to be intense, not just tense."

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