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Alfred Morris Surpasses 1,000 Rushing Yards, Hits Rookie Record In Win
LANDOVER, Md. – The significance of rushing for 1,000 yards isn’t lost on Washington Redskins rookie tailback Alfred Morris, but he has higher expectations this season.
“I don’t want to discredit it. But at the same time, that’s not what I’m looking for,” said Morris, a sixth-round draft pick who eclipsed the milestone in the first quarter of Monday’s 17-16 victory over the New York Giants.
“Going to the playoffs and rushing for no yards will be more incredible than rushing for 2,000 yards and not making the playoffs.”
Morris became the second rookie running back in Redskins history to rush for 1,000 yards and the franchise’s first 1,000-yard running back since Clinton Portis in 2008.
Morris says he doesn’t track his stats. He had to be told this week that he was closing in on the rushing benchmark.
“The only reason I know these things is because they told me a few times already,” Morris said.
Morris is no stranger to rushing for 1,000 yards. He did it twice while at Florida Atlantic and came 72 yards short of the mark during his junior season.
He has had a banner rookie year for the Redskins with four 100-yard games, including a career-high 120 yards on 22 carries against the Giants on Oct. 21.
Morris said he has exceeded his own expectations for himself this season.
“I know I’m getting an opportunity and I’m making the most of it, but I can’t say that coming in I thought I was going to rush for 1,000 yards,” he said.