A pair of offensive starters did not play in Morgan State's 48-28 loss to No. 4 Villanova on Saturday, but coach Lee Hull said there's no reason to be alarmed.
With the Bears (4-4 overall and 3-1 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) trailing league-leading North Carolina A&T (7-2, 4-1) by a half-game in the league, Hull said he decided to sit redshirt senior quarterback Robert Council and redshirt sophomore running back Herb Walker Jr. for the non-conference game against the Wildcats and rest them up for the team's final four MEAC games.
"It's about getting them rested," Hull said Tuesday morning during his weekly conference call organized by the MEAC. "Right now, we're tied for first [in the loss column] in the conference, and I want to have the best shot to win the conference. With those guys healthy and rested, that gives us the best shot. So I made a decision based on what I thought was best for our football team going forward."
Council, who ranks fifth in the MEAC in total offense (1,299 yards) and seventh in rushing (508 yards), was replaced by redshirt junior Moses Skillon, who accounted for 281 total yards and three touchdowns but also threw three interceptions in Saturday's loss.
"Moses did well," Hull said. "Obviously, Moses can throw the football. We threw it 38 times and a little bit of that was because in the second half, we were down. But Moses gives us a different dimension throwing the football. For the most part, he did well. He did have three interceptions, which were bad decisions on his part. But I thought overall, he did a pretty good job."
Walker -- who ranks ninth among all Football Championship Subdivision running backs in rushing (982 yards) and has scored nine touchdowns -- was replaced by senior Tracy Martin, who carried the ball 11 times for 34 yards and caught two passes for 19 yards.
Hull declined to say whether Council or Skillon would start Saturday at Hampton (2-6, 1-3), describing it as "a game-time decision."
But Pirates coach Connell Maynor hinted that Council is the quarterback who poses the bigger challenge.
"They're 6-4 and 6-5," Maynor said Tuesday morning of Council and Skillon, respectively. "Council is 215 [pounds] and Moses is 230. So they're very similar, and both of them can run the ball, and they throw about the same. Of course, Council is a little bit better runner. So we probably have to prepare for more of a running game with him because they do like to run him. He's a little bit more established in the zone-read they like to run and pulling the ball and setting the defensive end up. Moses doesn't have the reps in live competition. We've got to prepare for both of them. They kind of run the same scheme no matter which one of them is in there. So that helps out a lot."