For all of the turnover at quarterback and wide receiver, the one constant for Morgan State (at least since Week 2) has been the presence of redshirt sophomore running back Herb Walker Jr.
Since replacing redshirt sophomore Lamont Brown III (torn anterior cruciate ligament in right knee), Walker has been the engine fueling the offense, ranking second in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and 16th in the Football Championship Subdivision in rushing with 1,288 yards.
The workhorse Walker leads the team with 212 carries (the next closest tailback is senior Tracy Martin with 29).
But since being rested against Villanova on Oct. 25, Walker has averaged 16.5 carries and 76.5 yards in his past four starts. That's why coach Lee Hull expressed little concern about Walker's workload as Morgan State (7-5) prepares for Saturday's FCS first-round playoff game at Richmond (8-4).
"If you look at the last four or five games. Herb has really only carried the ball about 17 times," Hull said Tuesday morning during his weekly conference call arranged by the MEAC. "I think the most in the last four games or so has been 20 times. So that's not a lot. He did carry the ball a lot in the beginning of the year. That's why for the Villanova game, we decided to rest him so that he would be healthy and 100 percent for the stretch."
Spiders coach Danny Rocco said he has been impressed by Walker's durability.
"The amazing thing to me is the amount of carries he has and the separation between his carries and the next amount of carries on the team," Rocco said Monday. "It's him followed by the two quarterbacks and then the next non-quarterback ball carrier is so far down the line in terms of number of carries, and I think it's amazing that he's stayed healthy. I can't really recall a season that I've had where we've been able to feature just one guy running the ball and have him remain healthy and durable. So he's really putting together an amazing season. He's been very impressive."