Lee Hull looking for Morgan State defense to make stops and protect leads

Bears have surrendered leads late in losses to Eastern Michigan and Holy Cross

September 09, 2014|By Edward Lee | The Baltimore Sun

Morgan State's 0-2 start has been punctuated by similar three-point losses to Eastern Michigan and Holy Cross. Another similarity involves the defense's inability to preserve leads.

The Bears had a 28-21 advantage with 5:30 left in the third quarter before Eastern Michigan scored the final 10 points. They held a 26-23 lead with 3:39 left in the fourth period until Holy Cross punched in the game-winning touchdown on the final play.

But coach Lee Hull said the defense’s play has not sounded any alarms yet.

“It’s a new system, and our guys are still learning,” Hull said Tuesday morning during his weekly conference call organized by the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. “One thing that we did talk to them about is, when we need a stop, we’ve got to get a stop. We’ve got to get off the field, we’ve got to find a way. We’ve just got to look at what we’re doing, what we’re calling, where we have the guys and making sure that we have them in the right position, and the guys just have to find a way. They have to find a way to get off the field.”

One problem area for the defense has been the absence of a consistent pass rush. Morgan State has collected just three sacks and four quarterback hurries with zero sacks and just two hurries in the fourth quarters of both losses.

“Obviously, we’d like to try to get more pressure on the quarterback,” Hull said. “Holy Cross did a great job. Their quarterback was also mobile. So we had him wrapped up a couple times, and he got away from us. I would like to see more pressure and see us be a little bit more aggressive and go after the quarterback a little bit more on passing downs.”

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