In his first year as Morgan State's football coach Lee Hull has led guide the Bears to a 3-3 start and a 2-1 mark in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. It's the first time the program enters its bye week with a .500 overall record and a winning league mark since the 2011 squad went 5-3 overall and 4-1 in the MEAC before enjoying a weekend off.
So, it's easy to see why Hull likes where the Bears are.
"I think we're headed in the right direction," he said Tuesday morning during his weekly conference call arranged by the MEAC. "We've lost three games by a total of seven points. The first two games, we were still trying to feel ourselves out and find out who we are. I think we've kind of found out who we are and what we want to be as a team. So I'm very pleased with where we're at and the direction this team is going in."
Morgan State boasts the second-leading rusher in the Football Championship Subdivision in redshirt sophomore running back Herb Walker Jr. (915 yards), and redshirt senior quarterback Robert Council ranks fifth in the league in rushing (386). The offense ranks 11th in the Football Championship Subdivision in rushing average (252.2), and the defense is tied for fifth in sacks (20).
But there are some holes to cover. The offense ranks 115th out of 121 passing units in average yards (116.7), and no receiver has collected more than 200 yards through the air. The rushing defense has surrendered an average of 204.8 yards and 12 touchdowns and ranks 114th in thwarting third-down conversions (49.0 percent).
"We've identified our strengths and know what we need to improve on," Hull said. "The bye week here, those things we need to improve on, we will address and try to get those things fixed and also enhance some of the things we're strong at."
Hull said the team will also take advantage of the week off to rest several players who are battling injuries.
"It's coming at the right time," he said. "We're a little banged up. So we'll give our guys a chance to heal a little bit and also start preparing for Homecoming and North Carolina Central coming in on the 18th. I gave the guys a few days off this week, and we'll practice later this week. Just trying to get healthy, and the biggest thing is staying focused for the next two weeks and still preparing and getting ready for a hard-fought game on the 18th."