Morgan State at a glance

Morgan State & Towson

September 03, 2004|By GARY LAMBRECHT

Morgan State at a glance

Coach: Donald Hill-Eley (third season)

Last year: 6-5, 4-3

Conference: Division I-AA Mid-Eastern Athletic

Radio: WEAA (88.9 FM)

Stadium: Hughes (10,000)

Offense: Multiple pro

Defense: 4-3

Top returning players: QB Bradshaw Littlejohn, WR Tommy Manus, TE Chris Cash, LB Vincent Brown, T Aaron Wiggins, RB Craig Nelson

Top newcomers: RB Jason Jackson, LB Terrell Floyd, K Thomas Beese, DT Brian Ellison, DT Stephen Jackson

Strengths: Morgan State should be able to move the ball consistently, with Littlejohn setting the tone as a rusher and passer. He produced 1,229 all-purpose yards in 2003. The receiving tandem of Manus and Kelvin Dickens should be one of the conference's most productive ones, and Cash looks poised for a breakout year after averaging 16.7 yards on 19 catches as a sophomore. Brown, who had 22 tackles for losses, five sacks and three fumble recoveries in 2003, might be the MEAC's best linebacker.

Weaknesses: Special teams loom as a major question mark, especially the kicking game. K Jon Voroshilin, a first-team all-conference selection last year, has graduated, leaving the scoring to true freshman Beese. The secondary lost three starters, leaving SS Larry "Choo Choo" Davis to lead a young group.

Strongest opponent: Hampton, a perennial MEAC power, slipped to 5-2, tied for second in the league, in 2003. It should bounce back strong in 2004.

Key game: If Morgan is going to win its first league title in 25 years, it probably must win the conference opener against Hampton on Sept. 25 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

- Gary Lambrecht

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