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Before Saturday's game, freshman quarterback Jamie Cunningham was third on Howard's depth chart. But after leading the Bison on two fourth quarter scoring drives to pull off a dramatic 30-29 win over the Morehouse Maroon Tigers, Cunningham has vaulted right to the top.
As the final days of last November came to a close, Howard University athletic director Louis "Skip" Perkins faced a daunting challenge: turn around a withering football program that bore a 4-29 record from 2008 to 2010. That task will begin in earnest Saturday RFK Stadium to glimpse the renewal of a prominent rivalry that has laid dormant for the past 14 years.
"As a player I want to be well-prepared. As a player I play with no fear. I don't like to make mistakes and I don't like to lose," Harrell said. "So all of those things pretty much carry over to me as a coach. I don't like to lose, I want to be well-prepared, and I want my team to play with a lot of passion and a lot of pride and energy. I feel like if we do those things and we leave it on the field, win or lose, I can live with that."
"You're talking about two national brands. You can go across the country and people know about Morehouse and Howard University, so it's just a game of that magnitude that can be noticeable nationwide," Harrell said. "But for us we're not going to get caught up in the hype. They're just an opponent right now for us in our next game. We're just ready to play another football game."