Alfred Morris about to join elite company

Alfred Morris about to join elite company
November 27, 2012, 9:00 am
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Redskins prepare for Giants, deal with injuries to Fletcher, Williams

With 18 more yards, rookie Alfred Morris will join rare company in Redskins’ history. 

Ten running backs have reached the 1,000-yard plateau wearing burgundy and gold. Morris is poised to become No. 11 – and the first since Clinton Portis in 2008 – against the Giants on Monday Night Football. If he gets there, as expected, Morris' 2012 campaign would become the 23rd 1,000-yard rushing season in Redskins' history.

“I guess you could say that,” Morris said, asked if he’s exceeded his own expectations. “I didn’t think stuff was going to come this fast. I thought I was slowly going to get into it, but my opportunity came a lot sooner.”

And the sixth round draft pick out of Florida Atlantic was ready to run with it. On his current pace, in fact, Morris would eclipse the 1,400-yard mark, which could put him among the top three rushing seasons in Redskins’ history.

“It’s an honor to be mentioned with great running backs like Clinton Portis,” Morris said, referring to Portis’ 1,500-yard season four years ago. “I’m a huge fan.”

Morris’ accomplishments have been somewhat overshadowed this season by fellow rookie Robert Griffin III, who is starting to garner MVP mentions. But it’s going to get harder to look past the running back’s contributions as the historical significance of his season increases in the coming weeks.

Entering this week’s games, Morris ranks fifth in the league in yards (982), sixth in carries (208) and 13th in yards per carry (4.7). Washington’s 1,792 yards on the ground are second in the NFL to San Francisco’s 1,797.

Morris’ 89.3 yards per game, meantime, currently ranks as the seventh highest single season mark in franchise history among running backs who played at least 11 games. The running backs in front of him? Larry Brown, Portis, Stephen Davis, John Riggins.

That’s it.

“Wow,” Morris added. “It’s such a storied franchise. A lot of big names have come through here. To be mentioned with those guys, it’s humbling.”