Morgan hoping Covington can catch on as new QB

On Colleges

April 07, 1996|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,SUN STAFF

If all goes according to plan, Morgan State's Otis Covington will switch from receiver to quarterback this fall, replacing Michael Moore, who holds nine school records.

Covington attempted just four passes as a junior last season, completing two for 16 yards with one interception. He also threw one pass as a freshman, and it was intercepted.

Covington had 30 receptions for 520 yards and two touchdowns last season. His 99-yard scoring catch against Florida A&M tied an NCAA record.

Coach Stump Mitchell will complete his staff this summer by hiring a defensive coordinator. Whoever gets the job will have the services of Levi Baucom, the team's leading tackler in 1994 who was redshirted last season because of a broken thumb.

Also coming back is linebacker James Hall, who led Morgan in tackles last season with 113.

Fine freshman

If the Division III Washington College lacrosse team makes the NCAA tournament for the 19th time, a freshman from Boys' Latin will be the primary reason.

John Fuller was a highly touted attackman when he arrived at Chestertown, and he's living up to expectations by leading the ++ 10th-ranked Shoremen in scoring with 24 goals and seven assists after a three-goal, one-assist effort in yesterday's 9-8 victory over No. 5 Franklin and Marshall.

A former All-Metro selection, Fuller has scored at least two goals in every game since the opener against Navy. He had a career-high five goals in last Sunday's 21-8 rout of Dickinson and was named the Centennial Conference's Player of the Week.

Bed-and-breakfast team

When the caller from Sports Illustrated began asking about his men's basketball team at Villa Julie, coach Brett Adams grew suspicious. And when the questions steered away from the positive strides the Mustangs had made in just two years, dwelling more on the defeats and the problems that come when starting a program from scratch, Adams knew what was coming.

It arrived in the April 1 issue -- a "Scorecard" item that ridiculed his team.

Villa Julie is listed in a box as the last of five logical opponents for Rutgers-Camden, loser of 108 games in a row and in desperate need of a patsy to end the skid. The tongue-in-cheek reference mentions Villa Julie's 8-40 record in its two years of competition, and how it had "no gym, no players and no balls" when the program was born in July 1994.

The magazine also poked fun at the school's name, suggesting it sounded more like a bed-and-breakfast.

"Sports Illustrated is in the business of selling magazines and those were some very funny comments," said Adams, who also serves as athletic director at the Stevenson college. "There certainly are more schools less talented than us, but they're not as funny as we are."

Adams is prepared should his little bed-and-breakfast start winning more games. "We're building a new gym, so I can say what good hosts we are, and how maybe we're catching some teams napping."

Strong arms

Maryland's softball team, in its second year of varsity competition, led the nation in ERA through the end of March. Freshman Kelly Shipman had the ninth-best individual ERA at 0.55.

Pub Date: 4/07/96

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