Frequency of penalties worries Morgan State football coach Lee Hull

Bears have been penalized more often than opponent in three of four games this season

  • Morgan State coach Lee Hull gestures to his team during a recent practice.
Morgan State coach Lee Hull gestures to his team during a recent… (Steve Ruark, Baltimore…)
September 26, 2014|By Edward Lee | The Baltimore Sun

Morgan State football coach Lee Hull has been seeing a little bit too much yellow for his liking.

The Bears (2-2, 1-0 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) nipped league rival Howard, 38-35, on Saturday, but not without drawing 10 penalties costing them 104 yards. It marked the third time this season that Morgan State incurred more penalties than its opponent.

The team is averaging 8.5 penalties per game for an average loss of 77.5 yards.

“I’m real concerned because that shows a lack of focus and a lack of discipline,” Hull said this week. “We want to be a very disciplined football team. That was a lot of penalties [against Howard], and we hadn’t done that in the three previous games. So we addressed it, and we will address it all week long about how we’ve got to stay focused and be more disciplined with the penalties.”

Morgan State’s lack of discipline would seem to be a good omen for its opponent on Saturday. But coach Pete Adrian of Norfolk State (0-4) said he is not banking on the Bears committing too many penalties.

“We don’t look at it like that,” Adrian said. “They’re running the ball extremely well, and I think Howard’s probably lucky that there were a couple of long runs called back for whatever reason. We’ve just got to play and try to play as solid as we can and make sure that we’re solid in what we do.”

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