Junior Seth Higgins became the first quarterback this season to start and finish a game for Morgan State, going wire-to-wire in Saturday’s 27-21 loss to Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference rival Norfolk State.
Higgins, an Edgewood native and graduate who has accounted for the offense’s last five touchdowns (three passing and two rushing), earned coach Donald Hill-Eley’s vote of confidence as the starter for the remainder of the year – with a caveat.
“I think he has, but you know how that thing is,” Hill-Eley said. “As with everything else, you don’t want to become complacent. You like the competition, and as long as they compete and he competes and he has success in moving the ball and the offense, we’ll continue to play him.”
The 6-foot-4, 230-pound Higgins completed 5-of-14 passes for 83 yards and one touchdown against the Spartans. He was also intercepted twice, but the last one was off a Hail Mary attempt at the end of regulation. He also led the offense in rushing with 63 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries.
In his last seven-plus quarters, Higgins has connected on 18-of-35 throws for 209 yards, three touchdowns and four interceptions. He has also run 25 times for 119 yards and two scores.
Asked if he had felt like he had solidified his grip on the starting role, Higgins replied, “That’s not my decision. If the coaches tell me to play, I’ll be ready to play. If not, I’ll just be there.”
Similarly, Higgins was not about to get amped up over his performance against Norfolk State in light of the Bears suffering their fifth consecutive loss to begin the season.
“I had some mistakes,” he said. “No matter if I had thrown for 700 yards and eight touchdowns, we still lost the game. So I could care less.”
Higgins has emerged from a group that includes redshirt freshman Moses Skillon, junior Robert Council and freshman Ricky Fisk. Skillon and Council have each started this fall, but Hill-Eley acknowledged that the offense has enjoyed more success with Higgins at the helm.
“Seth came in and he’s been kind of consistent in moving the offense,” Hill-Eley said. “We had a miscue there with the fumble, but he’s been making his plays. You’ve just got to play from the first minute to the last, and he did a good job. But when it comes down to it, there’s not a whole lot of good jobs and success in losing. We’ve got to find a way to stop it and we’re going to find a way.”