Former FAU running back Alfred Morris was taken in the sixth round of the
Morris (5-foot-10, 219 pounds) was the third pick in the round and 173rd pick overall. The powerful, tackle-breaking tailback was the lone bright spot on an offense that managed just 248.8 yards per game, worst in that nation.
Morris, who is from Pensacola, averaged 98.8 yards per game in 2011 and ended his career as FAU's all-time rushing leader with 3,529 yards.
Morris started as a fullback at FAU before being moved to tailback before his sophomore season. And he could end up at fullback for the
"I'm pretty sure they'll use me at both. I'm a running back, but I'm not too proud to put my hand in the dirt, which is what I told everybody, which is the truth," Morris said in an interview after his selection. "I take pride in [pass protection]. I always said to myself that anybody can run the ball and catch the ball, but [blocking] will set you apart from everyone else. .... I've blocked a lot of defensive ends, and I don't let anybody touch my quarterback."
"I just liked his running style," Shanahan said. "He's got the ability to make people miss, he's got great lateral quickness, he can cut on a dime. Now we'll get a chance to see how he'll come in and compete with the other backs."
The Redskins have no shortage of backs, with
This makes the third straight season that FAU has had a player taken in the draft. Quarterback