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Morgan State football still undecided about starting quarterback for season opener

Morgan State football still undecided about starting quarterback for season opener
Morgan State quarterback Seth Higgins runs for a touchdown against Norfolk State in 2013. Higgins is back from injury and competing with Moses Skillon for the Bears' starting quarterback job. (Kim Hairston / Baltimore Sun)

Despite outlining last week a quarterback depth chart where senior Moses Skillon ranked first and redshirt senior Seth Higgins was second, Morgan State coach Lee Hull said there is no clarity on which player will open Saturday's season opener at Air Force under center.

"That's still up in the air," Hull said Tuesday morning during a conference call organized by the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. "We're still competing. This is a game week. So we'll make a decision on Thursday before we go out to practice. Both Moses and Seth are doing a great job for us. Both have started some games in different years. So I just want those guys to still compete, and I think that will make us a lot better going into the game."

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The Bears went 3-2 last season with the 6-foot-5, 230-pound Skillon as the starter. He finished the campaign leading the offense in almost every passing category, including completions (115), attempts (204), yards (1,392) and touchdowns (11). He also rushed for 260 yards and six touchdowns on 64 carries.

The 6-4, 230-pound Higgins started in five of the team's first seven games in 2013 before suffering a torn labrum in his right (throwing) shoulder in a 34-22 victory at North Carolina Central on Oct. 19. A slow recovery forced him to sit out last year, taking a medical redshirt.

Hull said Higgins' shoulder is close to 100 percent healthy.

"He's making more throws now," Hull said. "Before, with some of the throws he could not make, he's making them right now."

Skillon is considered the more traditional pocket passer with a stronger arm. Higgins is more mobile and can avoid trouble if protection breaks down. Hull said he is looking for one of the two players to improve in the areas where he is weaker.

"I think both of them do things good, and there are some things they don't," he said. "I'm just trying to see which one can, the things that they don't do well, start doing well and getting better at that."

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