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Morris Ready To Rush Forward For Redskins

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Alfred Morris scored 13 rushing touchdowns in 2012 Alfred Morris scored 13 rushing touchdowns in 2012

The Washington Redskins led the league in rushing last season, thanks to quarterback Robert Griffin III, and rookie running back Alfred Morris.

Morris was a sixth-round draft pick out of Florida Atlantic last year, and ended up rushing for 1,613 yards, which was the second highest total in the NFL, and the most in Redskins franchise history.  

The 5-foot-10, 218-pound running back was also second in the league with thirteen rushing touchdowns.  

Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan says he expects big things from Morris again this year.

"There's no question in my mind that he's going to be one of the best backs, because of how hard he works, and what type of shape he's in," says Shanahan.  "You can tell his confidence running, during the OTA days, and even today, that he's going to be a guy that just keeps on getting better. Can he surpass what he did last year?  I can't answer that.  But I would be surprised if he didn't have an excellent year."

Morris says, "I trained very hard this offseason.  Made sure I was in tiptop shape, conditioning-wise.  Just making sure I fine-tune the little things to help my game this upcoming season, to help me get an extra edge on the competition."  

Washington will play the Titans in its first preseason game on August 8th.

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