With the Maroon Tigers behind by 18 points late in the third quarter of the inaugural Black College Football Classic against Alabama A&M University at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio, Morehouse head football coach Rich Freeman turned to his backup quarterback Jalen Brown to try and reinvigorate the Maroon Tigers offense. Brown did that and more as he would find receiver Tremell Gooden on a 4th and 15 with little over a minute remaining in the game to set up would be a short touchdown run by Santo Dunn giving Morehouse their first lead of the day, 30-28.
Though Morehouse lost the game, 35-30, the Maroon Tigers faithful have something to look forward to with Brown being a weapon that the Maroon Tigers could use to get back to the top spot in the SIAC East.
A junior college transfer from Monroe Community College, Brown used his time on the field to give Freeman and his staff something to think about they before traveling to Jacksonville to play Edward Waters College on Saturday. The games starter may have been junior Michael Sims (17-26, 183 yards, one touchdown, two fumbles) but next week’s starter may be Brown who managed to throw two touchdowns during a quarter and a half of play. Originally from Stanford, Connecticut, Brown also passed for 123 yards while rushing for another 47 yards.
Sims started all 10 games last season and may very well start all 10 this campaign but Brown gives Morehouse another offensive weapon to go with Dunn (8 rec. For 63 yards, 1 TD, 13 carries for 62 yards, 1 TD), Gooden (5 rec. for 85 yards for TD), Frank Bailey, Jr. (4 rec. For 81 yards) and Trevor Gichaba (two receptions for 15 yards). The two quarterback system worked well for Morehouse during Sims’ freshman season and following Brown’s performance Freeman might have to take a long look at going back to that.