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Alfred Morris Pleased With Performance In First Start For Redskins
NEW ORLEANS – Alfred Morris was informed Saturday he would be the Washington Redskins’ starting running back, and he followed up an impressive preseason with a strong debut in the 40-32 victory at New Orleans.
Morris had 96 yards on 28 carries and rushed for two touchdowns in the second half.
“At first, it was kind of a little rough, but as it went on, I got on a roll and got in a groove,” Morris said. “I was just thankful I was able to come out there and, being a rookie on this stage and in this environment, be able to perform.”
Chosen out of Florida Atlantic in the sixth round of the NFL Draft in April, Morris averaged nearly five yards a carry on 39 attempts in the preseason.
Roy Helu, the Redskins’ leading rusher last year, served as a third-down back and had two yards on two carries, while Evan Royster spelled Morris for a brief period late in the second quarter and had 10 yards on two attempts.
“We gave [Morris] the opportunity to start and he took advantage of this opportunity,” head coach Mike Shanahan said. “This defense played well. He played extremely hard. Nothing was given to us. He had to earn everything that he got and we’re really pleased with how it turned out.”
Morris, from Pensacola, Fla., had several friends and family members make the three-hour drive west. He said it helped calm him down when he found his parents, Ronald and Yvonne, in the Superdome crowd.
“It was a great experience,” Morris said. “I’m in awe.”