It's not an understatement to say that redshirt senior wide receiver Andrew King has been a security blanket for Morgan State's quarterbacks.
This season, the Columbia resident and Atholton graduate has caught 27.0 percent of the team's completed passes (37 of 137), gained 26.8 percent of the receiving yards (460 of 1,715) and scored 37.5 percent of the receivers' touchdowns (3 of 8). But that has been par for the course for King, according to Bears coach Lee Hull.
"I'm not surprised at all with what Andrew did," Hull said Tuesday. "He was hurt in the first four games of last year. So I didn't really know what we could do, but the last seven games that he played, we saw that he could be a special football player for us. He's proven that this year. When he's gotten the opportunity to make a play, he has made a play for us, and that's what I've come to expect from him. He's just a great football player, a great young man and a great human being."
As the No. 1 receiving threat for Morgan State (4-5 overall, 4-3 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference), King usually faces opponents' top cornerbacks. Although that hasn't stopped him from pacing the offense's aerial attack, Hull insisted that the burden isn't solely on King.
"We've got a lot of guys that can make plays," Hull said. "[Junior] Ricky Fisk has done a great job and takes some of that pressure off of him. [Redshirt sophomore] Landen Malbrough has done a great job when he's played. And our freshman kid, Brian Gentry, came in with a starting role, and he's done a great job. Andrew's not the only playmaker we have in the receiving corps. I think we're pretty deep there."
With 88 career receptions, King is seventh on the program's all-time list. He doesn't have the yards to crack the school's top eight in that department, but Hull said King should be considered in that upper tier.
"I have not seen the other receivers, but I can't imagine he's not one of the top receivers to come through this program," Hull said. "Just look at what he's done. He's [5-foot-9], and he's a great football player with a great heart and a great work ethic. He's the type of kid you want on your football team."