The Edgewood graduate sat out the Bears’ 28-14 loss to Howard last Saturday due to a sprained right (throwing) shoulder, and Morgan State coach Donald Hill-Eley said Tuesday morning that there is no definitive word on when Higgins will return.
“Last week, he was a game-time decision. This week is in the doctor’s hands,” Hill-Eley said during a conference call arranged by the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. “Whatever it is to protect the student’s welfare, we’ll go with that. If he’s able to go, he’ll go. If he’s not, we’ll get these other guys ready to go.”
Asked if Higgins has been cleared to practice, Hill-Eley replied, “We’ll wait to see the doctor today. Last week was a game-time decision. The doctor is supposed to be in today to evaluate him. So we’re hoping for the best.”
Higgins has completed 52.9 percent of his passes (37-of-70) for team highs in yards (452) and touchdowns (five), and has carried the ball 57 times for 282 yards and four scores. Morgan State (2-6 overall and 1-3 in the league) is 2-2 with Higgins as the starter.
If Higgins can’t play, the team’s options are either junior Robert Council or freshman Moses Skillon. Both players struggled to help the offense manufacture much production in the loss to the Bison (3-5, 2-3).
Council, who completed just 3 of 8 throws for 32 yards and was intercepted once and ran 13 times for 51 yards, declined to say whether he deserved to get his third start of the season against Hampton (3-5, 3-1).
“That’s up to our coaches,” he said after the game against Howard. “Every week, they put the player who they feel is going to lead our team to victory. I’m a team player. So if we come back and they feel he is capable of leading us, as long as we win, I’m OK.”
Council is 1-7 as a starter in the past two seasons, and Hill-Eley said the team is counting on him to elevate his game.
“It’s just one of those things where these guys have to understand that it shouldn’t be a drop-off between first- and second-string guys when it comes to juniors and things of that nature,” Hill-Eley said. “He’s played a lot of games around here and we were hoping for him to play one of his better games this week. He didn’t, but he did do some things well. So we’ll try to put him in a situation where we are taking some things out of his hands and just doing some different things.”