Morehouse junior running back and preseason All-SIAC selection Santo Dunn rushed for 49 yards on just 13 carries during the Maroon Tigers 17-10 loss to Savannah State University at B.T. Harvey Stadium on Saturday. Dunn was equally uninvolved in the passing game, catching six balls for four yards. That’s a negative reception average for arguably, alongside senior receiver Tremell Gooden and junior quarterback Michael Sims (did not play during the first half, 12-20, 93 yards), the best player on the team. Dunn needs to be more involved in the offense if Morehouse, currently 1-3 overall, 0-2 in SIAC (0-1 in SIAC East) play, is going to work their way out of the standings cellar.

The proof is in the pudding. As goes Dunn goes the Morehouse offense. During the team’s 45-21 loss at Miles College on Sept. 14, the Maroon Tigers most recent game before hosting Savannah State, Dunn carried the ball just nine times for 11 yards. During the game Dunn’s longest run was 10 yards, the longest for the Maroon Tigers as a team as well.

During the Maroon Tigers sole victory of the season at Edward Waters College on Sept. 7 Dunn had a season-high 91 yards on a season -high 14 carries with a touchdown. The Griffin High school alum also caught six passes for 36 yards. Dunn being involved in the offense at a high level makes Morehouse more dangerous to opponents, in particular in the passing game. During the win at Edward Waters the Maroon Tigers had three players catch four or more passes with senior Ricci Nuckles catching five for 46 yards and AJ Smith four for 19 yards. Gooden had two receptions for a team-hgh 59 yards and a touchdown. The offense, including junior quarterbacks Sims and Jalen Brown, have their pick of options when Dunn is focussed on by opposing defenses. When he is not like he wasn’t during the Savannah State loss Morehouse isn’t better for it.

Dunn is also being used less in special teams. During the first two games of the season he attempted eight kick returns (five in season opener against Alabama A&M). During the past two games he has only been involved in one kickoff. Dunn did get a season-high five punt return attempts on Saturday (48 total yards).

Morehouse is back at B.T. Harvey Stadium on Saturday against Kentucky State University (2 p.m.).

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Donnell began his career covering sports and news in Atlanta nearly two decades ago. Since then he has written for Atlanta Business Chronicle, The Southern Cross...

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