Running back Alfred Morris taken in sixth round by Washington

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 Former FAU running back Alfred Morris was taken in the sixth round of the NFL Draft by Washington Saturday.

 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 Redskins.

“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.”

 Redskins coach Mike Shanahan got a first-hand look at Morris at the Senior Bowl, when Shanahan coached Morris.

“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 Darrel Young at fullback and Roy Helu, Evan Royster and Tim Hightower all expected to return at tailback.

 This makes the third straight season that FAU has had a player taken in the draft. Quarterback Rusty Smith was taken by Tennessee in the sixth round in 2010 and tight end Rob Housler was selected by Arizona in then third round last year.

Cyrille signed: Former FAU defensive end Kevin Cyrille was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Vikings. Cyrille (6-4, 275) had 36 tackles and 4.5 sacks in 2011.

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