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Washington Redskins’ Alfred Morris: “I was Like a Lost Little Puppy Last Year”

July 6th, 2013 at 8:41 PM
By Zach Powell

Washington Redskins running back Alfred Morris turned the league upside down on his way to setting Redskins rookie and single-season records last year.  What's he going to do for an encore?

'Alfred Morris' photo (c) 2012, Keith Allison - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

"Teams this year, they know about me," Morris told the Pensacola News Journal this week. "Last year, I was, in a sense, a surprise. This year, they know about me. I know it's going to be tough because I know it's going to be a bigger challenge, but I love a challenge. I'm looking forward to this year."

Morris wrapped up the season with 1,613 yards and 13 touchdowns as a rookie, firmly entrenching his place as the Redskin's  starter for as long as he'll hold up, which if history shows us anything, won't be long with the way head coach Mike Shanahan chews through running backs.  However, Morris, now with an NFL season under his belt, comes to camp this season more confident, which is bad news for opposing defenses.

"Last year, I was going in there like a lost little puppy. This year … I'm a lot more confident and more comfortable."

Morris won the job out of training camp, out-performing notorious Shanahan stalwart Tim Hightower among others and was named the week one starter against the New Orleans Saints.  He continued to thrash NFL defenses, proving himself a perfect pair with quarterback phenom Robert Griffin III to run the read-option system.  If Morris was a lost puppy dog in 2012, he's all-grown up now, a pitbull of sorts, ready to take a bite out of the rest of the league.

Tags: Alfred Morris, Football, NFL, Washington, Washington Redskins

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