By Barrett Neale
The Morgan State football team travels to Greensboro, N.C., this weekend for North Carolina A&T's Oct. 9 homecoming game.
The Bears lead the all-time series between the teams, 39-33-3, and have won four in a row against the Aggies.
Morgan State (2-3, 1-1 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) is coming off a 69-32 loss to Bethune-Cookman, a team currently ranked first in the MEAC. North Carolina A&T (0-5, 0-2 MEAC) is still trying to get its first win after losing to Tennessee State, 37-7, Oct. 2.
The Bears have favored a passing offense thus far this season. Freshman wide receiver Chuka Okakpu has had a great start to his Morgan State career, leading the Bears with 15 receptions for 159 yards and two touchdowns.
Junior Tyrone Hendrix played well on special teams last week, returning a kickoff 93 yards for his first touchdown of the season. Also on special teams, sophomore kicker Kemar Scarlett and sophomore punter Nicholas Adams rank first and second, respectively, in the MEAC in field goals scored per game (2.2) and punting average (39.2 yards per punt).
Sophomore linebacker Allen Stephens has 43 tackles this season, which puts him in a tie for third among MEAC defenders. He's tied with the Aggies' junior defensive back, Justin Ferrell, a first-team All-MEAC selection who leads the conference with a kick return average of 39.3 yards per return.
Unlike Morgan State, North Carolina A&T averages more rushing yards than passing yards. The Aggies' leading running back is junior Mike Mayhew, named to the second-team All-MEAC during the preseason, who has 501 rushing yards and four touchdowns on 103 carries. His average of 100.2 yards per game ranks second in the conference.
The 1:30 p.m. game will be broadcast live on WEAA 88.9 FM by Rob Long (play-by-play) and Kelvin Bridgers (analyst).
Posted Oct. 7, 2010