Morgan State defense has hands full with Howard quarterback Greg McGhee

While there is still some uncertainty over whether the Morgan State football team will start junior Seth Higgins or junior Robert Council at quarterback, there is no confusion over who will line up under center for the Bears’ opponent Saturday.

Howard (2-5 overall, 1-3 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) is led by junior Greg McGhee, who has emerged as one of the league’s top quarterbacks.

The 6-foot-3, 208-pound McGhee is tied for first in the conference in passing touchdowns (10), second in passing yards per game (191.7) and completion percentage (60.4) and fourth in passing efficiency (119.7). He also ranks eighth in the MEAC in rushing (318 yards total) and has one touchdown on the ground.

Morgan State (2-5, 2-1) is well aware that extending its winning streak to three games could hinge on limiting McGhee.

“He’s probably one of the better quarterbacks in this conference,” coach Donald Hill-Eley said Tuesday. “Has good touch on the ball, good presence in the pocket, doesn’t get antsy in the pocket. And he can also extend plays and move around. So with his athletic ability and throwing accuracy, he’s definitely one of the top ones in the conference. We’ve got to find a way to contain him.”

Howard coach Rayford Petty acknowledged that there is a certain level of comfort McGhee provides when he is leading the offense.

“Greg makes great decisions,” Petty said Tuesday. “He’s been in the system for three years now. He has the ability to run and throw. Sometimes, he can keep the opponent off balance. We’ve just got to continue to trust him, and when we give him the ball, we trust that he can make the plays for us.”

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