xml:space="preserve">
xml:space="preserve">
Advertisement
Advertisement

Problems on special teams crop up again for Morgan State football

After committing seven gaffes on special teams in the first four games of the season, the Bears (4-4 overall and 3-1 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) went three games with just two mistakes in that phase.

But the unit made two more special-teams errors in Saturday's 48-28 loss to No. 4 Villanova, allowing a punt by redshirt sophomore punter Lawrence Forbes to get blocked and getting flagged for a personal foul that negated a fourth down and gave the Wildcats a fresh set of downs.

Advertisement

Coach Lee Hull acknowledged that special teams play is problematic for Morgan State.

"I thought they were getting better," Hull said Tuesday. "We had a couple problems on special teams in the first couple games, and since then, we've been doing a great job. This week, we had a couple more problems, and it's just one person. The punt [in the third quarter] should have never gotten blocked, and I think that was the [turning] point in the football game because now you're down 14 points, and that was a big swing that took a little breath out of us and [added] a little doubt if we could win the football game. So we had to collect ourselves. That was a big point in the game."

Advertisement
Advertisement

This season, Forbes has had two punts blocked and another aborted. Redshirt sophomore kicker Chris Moller has had three field goal attempts and one extra-point try blocked.

"We spend about 35 minutes a day in practice on special teams," Hull said. "We have a 25-minute meeting on it every day. So we're spending almost an hour a day on special teams. So we emphasize it, we work it, we drill it, we talk about it. It was one moment, one kid's lack of focus, and it's more focus and being disciplined than scheme or anything like that."

Asked if he thinks the message is filtering down to the players, Hull said: "I do. From the first two games, we were getting better, and we weren't having those miscues and mistakes and lack of focus. This past week, we did. So it's definitely sinking into the guys."

Recommended on Baltimore Sun

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement