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Vote Morris For Rookie Of The Week

Posted by Andrew Walker on September 26, 2012 – 9:42 am

Alfred Morris (ExtremeSkins)

He proudly drives a ’91 Mazda sedan, isn’t scared to carry the ball without his helmet on (see above) and now he’s a nominee for the rookie of the week.

And, with a big push from you Redskins fans, running back Alfred Morris could become the second Washington rookie to win the Pepsi Max NFL Rookie of the Week award in three weeks.

Morris — a Florida Atlantic product who was selected by the Redskins in the sixth round in April’s NFL Draft — was nominated for his performance last Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals, in which he carried the ball 17 times for 78 yards and scored a touchdown.

Voting for Morris is easy.

You have until 3 p.m. ET Friday to visit NFL.com/rookies and select Morris as your nominee. He’ll definitely need your help, as he’s facing off against four other finalists who had solid weeks last Sunday, including:

– Indianapolis Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton, who caught four passes for 113 yards, including a 40-yard touchdown reception in the Colts’ 22-17 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

– Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, who completed 22-of-46 passes for 313 yards and two touchdowns in the Colts’ loss to the Jaguars.

– Minnesota Vikings kicker Blair Walsh, who had another impressive day going 3-for-3 on extra points and making a 52-yard field goal in the second quarter to help the Vikings edge the San Francisco 49ers 24-13. Walsh’s 52-yarder made him the first kicker in franchise history to have three straight games with a field goal of at least 50 yards.

– Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, who completed 10 of 21 passes for 130 yards and two touchdowns in the Seahawks’ 14-12 victory over the Green Bay Packers.

Morris’ nomination this week, to me, is long overdue.

Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III deservedly was named Week 1 Pepsi Max NFL Rookie of the Week after throwing for 320 yards and two touchdowns in Washington’s 40-32 win over the New Orleans Saints.

Lost in the Griffin III hype that game, however, was a strong performance by Morris, who rushed for 96 yards and two touchdowns in his NFL debut. Morris wasn’t even nominated for rookie of the week in Week 1, however, as the league instead selected Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin, who rushed for 95 yards and no touchdowns that week.

Morris, meanwhile, followed up his opening performance with 89 yards rushing in the Redskins’ Week 2 loss to the St. Louis Rams.

Through three weeks this season, Morris leads all NFL rookies with 263 yards rushing and is tied with Griffin III for the NFL rookie lead with three rushing touchdowns. His 4.3-yards-per-carry average is also best among NFL rookie running backs with 22 or more carries.

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