Alfred Morris (American football)

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Alfred Morris
Alfred morris redskins.jpg
Morris at Redskins training camp in 2012.
No. 46     Washington Redskins
Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1988-12-12) December 12, 1988 (age 25)
Place of birth: Pensacola, Florida
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) Weight: 224 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High school: Pensacola (FL) Pine Forest
College: Florida Atlantic
NFL Draft: 2012 / Round: 6 / Pick: 173
Debuted in 2012 for the Washington Redskins
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 4, 2014
Rushing yards 3,204
Rushing average 4.7
Rushing TDs 23
Stats at NFL.com

Alfred Bruce Morris[1] (born December 12, 1988) is an American football running back for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League (NFL). He was selected in the sixth round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Redskins.[2] He played college football for Florida Atlantic University.

Early life[edit]

Alfred Morris played football, basketball and ran track at Pine Forest High School in Pensacola, Florida.[3] While he was in sixth grade, he played youth football against another future Pensacola football star, running back Trent Richardson. The two would meet again in their rookie seasons as the Redskins would travel to Cleveland to take on the Browns.[4]

College career[edit]

In Morris’ 2009 season at Florida Atlantic University, he ran the ball 236 times for 1392 yards. He also scored 11 touchdowns with a career long run of 48 yards. In his 2010 season, Morris rushed the ball 227 times while gaining 928 yards averaging 4.1 yards-per-carry. He also scored a rushing touchdown seven times that season.

College Stats[edit]

Career Totals
Year GMS Att Yds Avg TDs Long Avg/G
2008 11 7 23 3.3 0 9 2.1
2009 12 236 1392 5.3 11 48 116.0
2010 12 227 928 4.1 7 38 77.3
Total 35 497 2343 4.7 18 48 66.9
Career Game Highs
Rush Attempts 29 UNT (10/17/09)
Rush Yards 183 ULL (10/24/09)
Rush TDs 2 5X
Rush Long 48 Troy (11/21/09)
Receptions 3 MTSU (10/31/09)
Receiving TDs 1 ASU (11/14/09), FIU (11/28/09)
Receiving Long 38 ULL (10/24/09)
100-Yard Games
Dates Yards Game Vs.
10/24/09 183 ULL
11/28/09 158 FIU
10/17/09 147 UNT
11/21/09 137 Troy

Professional career[edit]

2012 NFL Combine[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
5 ft 10 in 219 lb 31⅜ in 1014 in 4.67 s 4.19 s 7.01 s 35½ in 9 ft 9 in 16 reps
All values from NFL Combine[5]

Washington Redskins[edit]

2012 season[edit]

Morris was selected in the sixth round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins. The sixth round draft pick that Washington selected him with was from a trade on July 27, 2011 from the Vikings for Donovan McNabb. He was officially signed by the Redskins to a four-year, $2.22 million contract with a $154,000 signing bonus on May 6, 2012.[6][7] After having impressive preseason performances, where he started two out of four of the Redskins' preseason games, he emerged as a dark horse in the running back competition with Roy Helu, Evan Royster, and Tim Hightower.[8][9][10][11] He was guaranteed a spot on the final 53-man roster for the start of the 2012 season after Morris sat out of the last preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with the rest of the Redskins' starters.

The day before the season opener, coach Mike Shanahan announced that Morris would be the starting running back. In his NFL debut and first career start, he rushed for 96 yards on 28 carries and scored two touchdowns against the New Orleans Saints.[12] Despite the Redskins losing to the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 3, Morris put on a great display, recording 78 rushing yards on 17 carries and scoring a touchdown, and was even nominated for NFL Rookie of the Week.[13] The next week against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he had his first 100-yard game; recording 113 yards on 21 carries and one touchdown.[14] On October 7, versus the Atlanta Falcons, Morris rushed for his second career 100 yard game. He was named Rookie of the Week after his performance in Week 7 against the New York Giants, where he rushed for 120 yards on 22 carries.[15] He would later have three consecutive 100-yard performances starting in the Week 12 game against the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving. Morris would be named Rookie of the Week for the second time after his performance against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 14.[16]

In the final game of the regular season, Morris ran 33 times for 200 yards and 3 touchdowns, setting two new Redskins franchise records. His effort helped lead the Redskins to a 28-18 victory over their division rivals, the Dallas Cowboys, to win the NFC East for the first time since 1999 and earn a playoff spot for the first time since 2007. Finishing the season with a total of 1,613 rushing yards and thirteen touchdowns, he broke Clinton Portis’ rushing record for a single-season of 1,516 yards and Charley Taylor's record of most touchdowns scored in rookie season of ten touchdowns.[17][18][19] Morris also became the fourth player in NFL history to ever record over 1,600 rushing yards in his rookie year; ultimately ranking third behind Eric Dickerson and George Rogers, respectively.

With Morris' 1,613 rushing yards combined with 815 rushing yards attained by Robert Griffin III, the two rookies accounted for 90% of the Redskins' total rushing yards for the 2012 regular season, which led the Redskins to finish first in the league in rushing.[20] In the regular season, he also finished second in the league in total rushing yards, only behind Adrian Peterson, and second in league in rushing touchdowns behind Arian Foster.[21]

Morris rushing during a game against the Philadelphia Eagles on November 17, 2013.

2013 Season[edit]

Prior to the 2013 season, Morris was named to the NFL Network's Top 100 Players of 2013 at #64.[22] Although not as productive as the previous season, Morris finished 4th in the league in rushing yardage with 1,275. On January 17, it was announced that Morris would play in the 2014 Pro Bowl, after originally being selected as an alternate.

Statistics[edit]

  Rushing Receiving Fumbles
Season Team GP Att Yds Avg Yds/G Long TD Rec Yds Long TD Fum Lost
2012 WAS 16 335 1,613 4.8 100.8 39T 13 11 77 20 0 4 3
2013 WAS 16 276 1,275 4.6 79.7 45T 7 9 78 17 0 5 4
Total 32 611 2,888 4.7 90.25 45 20 20 155 20 0 9 7

Personal[edit]

Morris is the son of Ronald and Yvonne Morris. He has six brothers.[23] One of his brothers, Shawn Morris, played college football at Birmingham-Southern from 2009 to 2012, and majored in mathematics.[24] Despite being able to afford a new car, he still drives his 1991 Mazda 626, which he nicknamed "Bentley”.[25] He drove this car from Boca Raton, Florida to his new D.C. home. Due to the positive publicity, Mazda refurbished the car free of charge. As part of the refurbishment, the car received a new radio featuring a CD player and a navigation system, but otherwise was restored to factory floor condition.[26]

Morris had swapped jerseys with his idol Earl Campbell after Campbell became impressed with his performance in his rookie season.[27]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ESPN Profile". ESPN.com. 
  2. ^ Campbell, Rich. "Redskins draft RB Alfred Morris, OT Tom Compton in 6th round". The Washington Times. 
  3. ^ http://www.fausports.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/morris_alfred00.html
  4. ^ http://www.pnj.com/article/20121216/SPORTS/312160033/Trent-Alfred-meet-first-time-NFL
  5. ^ NFL Combine Profile
  6. ^ Chase, Chris (September 20, 2012). "Alfred Morris Drives a $1,300 car to Redskins Park". usatoday.com. Retrieved 2012-09-20. 
  7. ^ Jones, Mike (May 6, 2012). "Redskins sign two more draft picks". WashingtonPost.com. Retrieved 2012-05-06. 
  8. ^ Tinsman, Brian (August 25, 2012). "Morris Shines, Stays Healthy Vs. Colts". Redskins.com. Retrieved 2012-08-31. 
  9. ^ Breen, Matthew (August 12, 2012). "Redskins training camp: Alfred Morris is a typical rookie only after practice". WashingtonPost.com. Retrieved 2012-08-31. 
  10. ^ El-Bashir, Tarik (August 12, 2012). "Workhorse Morris a dark horse possibility at RB". CSNWashington.com. Retrieved 2012-08-31. 
  11. ^ Klemko, Robert (August 27, 2012). "Redskins running back Alfred Morris has a believer in RGIII". USAToday.com. Retrieved 2012-08-31. 
  12. ^ Jones, Mike (September 9, 2012). "Washington Redskins running back Alfred Morris gets 96 yards in first NFL start". WashingtonPost.com. Retrieved 2012-09-10. 
  13. ^ Bolin, Ross (September 28, 2012). "Andrew Luck named Pepsi Max NFL Rookie of the Week". WLFI.com. Retrieved 2012-10-05. 
  14. ^ Campbell, Rich (October 2, 2012). "Redskins - Buccaneers Film Review: OFFENSE". WashingtonTimes.com. Retrieved 2012-10-06. 
  15. ^ Tinsman, Brian (October 26, 2012). "Morris Named NFL Week 7 Rookie Of Week". Redskins.com. Retrieved 2012-10-27. 
  16. ^ Tinsman, Brian (December 14, 2012). "Morris, Cousins Comeback Win NFL Awards". Redskins.com. Retrieved 2012-12-15. 
  17. ^ Associated Press (December 30, 2012). "Redskins rookie RB Alfred Morris breaks Clinton Portis’ franchise rushing record for season". Washington Post. Retrieved 2012-12-30. 
  18. ^ Whitmore, Will (December 30, 2012). "Morris Thunders Into The Record Books". Redskins.com. Retrieved 2013-01-01. 
  19. ^ Tinsman, Brian (December 31, 2012). "Victory Monday Stats Pack: Week 17". Redskins.com. Retrieved 2013-01-01. 
  20. ^ "2012 Regular Season Statistics". NFL.com. Retrieved 2013-01-21. 
  21. ^ "NFL Player Rushing Statistics - 2012". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2013-01-21. 
  22. ^ http://www.nfl.com/top100/2013#video=0ap2000000202164
  23. ^ Jones, Mike (September 4, 2012). "Redskins RB Alfred Morris: Parents’ example is key to his success". WashingtonPost.com. Retrieved 2012-09-04. 
  24. ^ http://www.bscsports.net/sports/fball/2012-13/bios/morris%20shawn%20qsfj
  25. ^ Walker, Andrew (September 19, 2012). "Alfred Morris Won’t Give Up His ‘Bentley’". Redskins.com. Retrieved 2012-09-30. 
  26. ^ http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/blog/eye-on-football/22888191/mazda-is-refurbishing-alfred-morris-infamous-1991-bentley
  27. ^ Morris Swaps Jerseys With Earl Campbell

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