Running back Alfred Morris had a sensational rookie campaign in which he set multiple franchise and rookie rushing records. His 1,613 yards on the ground were good for second in the league behind only Adrian Peterson (NFL MVP). His 13 touchdowns ranked second in the NFL behind only three-time Pro Bowler and two-time All-Pro running back Arian Foster.
The list of extraordinary accomplishments goes on. To say the least, the sixth round rookie far surpassed everyone’s expectations.
That’s why, when Pro Football Focus (PFF) released their ‘Top 101 of 2012’, Morris cracked the list at number 38.
PFF is known for analyzing the next-level stats beyond the overall rushing yards accumulated and/or rushing touchdowns scored, so be sure to continue reading and find out why they came to the conclusion that they did.
According to PFF, the list was based on the following two criteria:
1) This is based solely on 2012 play. Nothing that happened in years previous was accounted for.
2) This is created with an “all-positions created equal” mantra, so it asks for a leap of faith that you assume a guard is as important as a quarterback (there are some exceptions here with more situational roles not quite as equal)
Here’s what they had to say about Morris’s performance in 2012:
Sixth-round rookies are simply not meant to be this good. While many want to attribute the success of Morris to a scheme that benefited him, that’s unfair to a player who finished third in the league in yards after contact and finished third in the league in forced missed tackles in the running game. He didn’t offer much as a receiver, but you can look past that when you measure the joy the Redskins had running the ball with him.
Best Performance: Week 17 versus Dallas, +4.2
Key Stat: His 24 runs over 15 yards were second-most in the entire league.
If you notice, PFF says that his best performance came during the NFC East Division-clinching game versus Dallas in Week 17. Morris finished that game with 200 yards rushing on 33 attempts (6.1 average) and three touchdowns earning him Week 17 Rookie of the Week honors, his second such award of the season.
Not bad for a rookie who was heavily relied upon in crunch time; but, by the time Week 17 rolled around nothing about Alfred’s performance surprised anyone.
So while the Rookie of the Year and Ground Player of the Year Awards eluded him this season, we’re sure that Alfred will be back with vengeance to build off of last year’s success.
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