Morgan's Littlejohn has spring in step knowing he's No. 1 QB

College Football

April 24, 2004|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN STAFF

With Lejominick Washington gone, no longer will Bradshaw Littlejohn be involved in the revolving door for Morgan State quarterbacks.

Two inexperienced hands, including sophomore Byron Selby (Dunbar), are behind Littlejohn, who has the team squarely in his hands this season.

"It feels great to be the guy," said Littlejohn after last night's annual Blue-Orange practice game culminated Morgan's spring workouts. "I gotta step up and take it over and get all the guys' confidence. I can't take breaks or have no breakdowns. Now, I've gotta be alert every minute of the game."

The 6-foot-3, 258-pound senior and Washington shouldered much of the ball-carrying duty last season when injuries and inexperience decimated the team's running back corps, but Littlejohn has gotten a break from the beating this spring. No tackling of quarterbacks was allowed last night.

"We've focused on the running game in spring ball," Littlejohn said. "We ran much more of those than pass plays."

Coach Donald Hill-Eley is trying to establish a credible running attack because "we don't want to go through another season with the quarterbacks leading the rushing."

Littlejohn completed only three of 14 passes, but several were dropped. One completion was for a 60-yard touchdown to Tommie Manus.

Morgan may have landed a gem of a runner in transfer Jason Jackson, who carried 16 times for 137 yards and two of the offense's three touchdowns in the spring finale.

"Jackson is going to be a good ballplayer," Littlejohn said. "He's a pinball roller. Guys just bounce off him. It looks like a pingpong out there."

From Oxon Hill High in Prince George's County, Jackson transferred from Lackawanna Community College in Scranton, Pa. He was the featured runner on a 9-2 team last fall.

"I'm just trying to show my talent. I thought there was a good chance [to play] here, and it was close to home," he said. "I think I can bring a little more experience."

Holdover Craig Nelson also had a good outing in the defense-vs.-offense scrimmage with 14 carries for 97 yards.

"Nelson has improved dramatically," Hill-Eley said. "And Jackson is very explosive."

NOTES: The game was delayed briefly when lightning flashed around Hughes Stadium. Rainfall didn't stop the session, although it limited the crowd to a handful of spectators. ... The game was a virtual standoff with Hill-Eley labeling the defense "very aggressive" and the offense as "not having missed a beat." ... Missing were some key personnel because of injuries: running back Isaiah Long, tackle James Key, defensive lineman Jason Whaley and tight end Chris Cash. ... Kelvin Williams paced the defense with eight tackles, two for losses, and a sack, and Ricardo Scott had five tackles, two sacks, and returned a fumble 29 yards. ... Morgan, which is 13-10 under Hill-Eley the previous two years after undergoing 23 straight losing seasons, opens Sept. 4 at home against Bowie State, coached by former Morgan assistant Michael Lynn.

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