In Morgan State's 20-17 loss at Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference foe North Carolina Central on Saturday, redshirt senior Seth Higgins replaced senior Moses Skillon at quarterback in the first quarter and ended up setting team season highs in passing yards (226) and completion percentage (65.4 percent on 17 of 26 passing).
Despite Higgins' play, however, coach Lee Hull said when the Bears (3-4 overall and 3-2 in the league) return from their bye week, Skillon will be listed atop the depth chart.
"Moses is the starter," Hull said Tuesday. "There's no quarterback controversy or anything like that. Moses will be starting."
Hull said Higgins, who got extended playing time for the first time since starting on Oct. 19, 2013 against North Carolina Central, was inserted into the contest late in the first quarter because Skillon, who had started and completed 4 of 7 passes for 30 yards but lost four yards on three carries, was not completely healthy.
"Moses is banged up a little bit," Hull said. "He has been for a week or so, and we knew going into the game, we might have to make that decision. We thought Seth would give us the best opportunity to win the game because of Moses' health."
This season will be the last for both Skillon and Higgins. And with four teams with one MEAC loss or fewer ahead of the Bears and just three games left on the schedule, Hull was asked if he has given any consideration to playing redshirt sophomore Chris Clack Jr. or true freshmen Rudy Norwood or Khalil Troutman to groom them for the future.
"Moses is our quarterback and Seth right now is his backup quarterback, and they're our two quarterbacks for the rest of the year," Hull said. "I'm not looking to try to say, 'Well, now it's time to put somebody else in there.' Those two guys are our quarterbacks. Playing for the future? We are playing for the future right now, and those are the guys that we have. Right now, we only have seven seniors that play for us, so we are playing for the future right now. The quarterback position is critical in our future. So we need to get these guys some confidence to have the best opportunity to win."