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Transfer quarterback Staley could be 'difference-maker' for retooled Morgan State football program

Transfer quarterback Staley could be 'difference-maker' for retooled Morgan State football program

The tattoo on his left arm — the one that can throw a football 75 yards in the air — reads:

Pain is temporary

Success is forever

That's the mantra Elijah Staley, Morgan State's new quarterback, brings to the Bears. It's one coaches hope rubs off.

Morgan State went 3-8 last year and Staley (6 feet 7, 245 pounds) is seen as the catalyst for change. A redshirt junior, he comes from Mississippi State via Tyler Junior College in Texas. Big and boisterous, Staley is the stepbrother of Patrick Ewing Jr., former NBA player whose father, Patrick Ewing Sr., is a Basketball Hall of Famer.

At Mississippi State, Staley...

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