Lee Hull's decision to start QB Robert Council pays off for Morgan State

September 03, 2014|By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun

The decision to tab Robert Council as Morgan State’s starting quarterback may not have been an easy one for coach Lee Hull. But the redshirt senior made his coach’s choice look like the right one.

Council completed 18-of-28 passes for 285 yards and a career-high three touchdowns in the Bears’ 31-28 loss to Eastern Michigan on Saturday night. He also made gains with his feet, carrying the football 15 times for 55 yards.

Council’s passing yards were the most in the team’s season opener in at least eight years. It was the kind of performance that made Hull – who spoke Tuesday during his weekly conference call arranged by the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference – look prophetic when he named Council over redshirt junior Moses Skillon as the starter on Aug. 25.

“He did a great job considering this was his first time in the offense,” said Hull, the former Maryland wide receivers coach who is installing a spread formation on offense. “That was one of the questions going in, how he would perform running a new offense, and I think he did a great job. Great poise. He was scrambling and looking downfield. If we had a play downfield while he was scrambling, he made that, and sometimes he took off and ran. We have some read stuff in our offense, and I thought he did a very good job of making the right reads and getting the ball to the right person.”

The Council of Saturday appeared to be a different player than the one who participated in the team’s scrimmage on Aug. 20. While the quarterback of that scrimmage looked shaky in the pocket and seemed to tuck the ball and scramble when his first read was covered, Council on Saturday used his feet to buy him time to find second and third receivers.

Hull said Council has become a reliable leader among his teammates.

“They trust him, and I think that’s the biggest thing for a quarterback and leader,” Hull said. “You have to have the trust and admiration of your fellow teammates, and that’s what Robert does. Robert’s done a great job of studying and making sure he understands exactly what we want to do on every play. He’s a great leader, and I expect great things out of him this year.”

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