Shawn Morris, Alfred’s Brother, Tries Out For Redskins
One of the 48 players invited to the team’s rookie minicamp, the running back left the three-day event believing there’s a chance he can one day play in the NFL.
BY ZAC BOYER
ASHBURN – Shawn Morris watched his brother, Alfred, finish second in the NFL with 1,613 rushing yards last season. Now he’s hoping he’ll be able to follow in his footsteps.
Morris, a 5-foot-8, 197-pound running back out of Birmingham Southern, was one of seven running backs invited to try out for the Redskins during the three-day rookie minicamp, which ended Sunday. He rushed for 3,727 rushing yards during his four years and was named a Division III all-American as a junior.
“The little opportunity that I did get, I made the most of it,” Morris said. “I caught every ball. I picked up on the plays pretty fast. I made little mental mistakes, even though there’s a bunch of plays thrown at us. I think I did really well for the opportunities that I got, so I appreciate everything.”
Morris insisted his brother had nothing to do with the tryout, other than perhaps demonstrating that running backs from smaller schools can succeed in the NFL. Alfred Morris was drafted in the sixth round a year ago, but he played at a Division I school – Florida Atlantic.
While Alfred talked to him about working with running backs coach Bobby Turner, Morris said he received no additional help from his older brother. In fact, he left the area for the weekend, leaving Morris to work out on his own.
Veterans are allowed to return to Redskins Park on Monday for the resumption of offseason workouts.
“Just being out here and seeing that you can compete with these guys is just big for me and showing me that I can possibly make it,” Shawn said. “If I don’t make it with the Redskins, I’ll keep working and I’ll know I can make it eventually.”