Scouting report: Morgan State vs. Howard

September 24, 2010|By Mike Miller, The Baltimore Sun

Morgan State (1-2) vs. Howard (0-3)

Time: 3:30 p.m.

Site: New Meadowlands Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.

Radio: 88.9 FM

Series: Morgan leads 38-24-1.

What's at stake: The Bears and Bison will meet Saturday in the 39th annual New York Urban League Football Classic. Saturday's contest marks Morgan's Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference opener and its third consecutive game away from Hughes Stadium. The Bears fell to North Dakota State last week, 35-9. Howard is coming off a 50-7 loss to Florida A&M. Morgan has won the past five meetings.

Key matchup: The Bears have yet to score a touchdown this season, but sophomore RB Jourdan Brooks will look to penetrate a strong Howard linebacking corps. Brooks, a transfer from Rutgers, has amassed 147 yards on 47 carries this season. Sophomore LB Keith Pough leads Howard with 16 tackles, including six for losses, and two sacks in three games.

Players to watch: Sophomore K Kemar Scarlett has accounted for 24 of Morgan's 26 total points this season in making eight of nine field-goal attempts. Freshman WR Chuka Okakpu has recorded eight receptions for 106 yards, and sophomore LB Allen Stephens leads the defense with 26 tackles, including four for losses. Howard junior WR Willie Carter leads the Bison with 22.7 yards per catch on 10 receptions, including one touchdown. Senior LB Jermell Ellis has recorded 10.5 tackles, three for a loss, one sack and one interception for the Bison.

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