Well before running back Alfred Morris capped off his record-setting performance in Week 17 last year against the Dallas Cowboys with a one yard touchdown in the waning seconds of the contest, he was a star for one of Florida’s “lesser” known teams—Florida Atlantic University.
It was there where he rushed for over 3,500 yards and 30 touchdowns to include a 198-yard, four touchdown performance in the Owls only win of the 2011 season (sorry guys).
While Morris officially calls our Nation’s Capital home now, he occasionally packs up his beloved “Bentley” and heads south to the Sunshine State to catch up with friends and family.
The sunny locale was also the spot of his 12-hour-a-day (not an exaggeration) training grounds with a fellow 2012 NFL Draft pick—Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill.
In a conversation with The Palm Beach Post’s Hal Habib, No. 46 shared that the Dolphins starting quarterback was with him throughout his entire transition process from a college team that had made one bowl game appearance prior to his arrival to one of the most successful NFL franchises in history.
“We [sic] trained the whole off-season with him, at IMG together in Bradenton,” Morris said. “All the guys I train with, I see them doing good, I’m just so happy for them, and Tannehill’s one of them.”
The Dolphins are the only team in league history to finish with a perfect record, but have struggled to replicate their success of the 1970’s and 1980’s in recent years, making only three playoff appearances since the turn of the century.
Miami’s brass though, like Morris, liked what they saw out of the former Texas A&M gunslinger and picked him with the eighth overall selection in the 2012 draft, the first time the franchise took a quarterback in the first round since this guy named Dan Marino. I wonder what happened to him? I kid of course.
While Tannehill managed a pretty successful debut campaign for himself throwing for over 3,000 yards and 12 touchdowns, he didn’t have the record breaking season that Morris had.
Although No. 46 dashed his way into the record books, he continues to stand firm that last season was just the start of a very fulfilling (and multiple record-setting) career for a man that was passed up until the 173rd overall pick
“It’s going to be a challenge to do better,” Morris said. “A lot of people know me now. They know what type of runner I am.” But, he added, “I plan on setting the bar even higher. I set it pretty high last year and I plan on setting it even higher this year.”
Maybe 2,106 yards and 29 touchdowns?
Okay, perhaps that’s a little too high—although for Morris, anything seems possible.
Let’s just start with an encore performance of your first season, a few more homers knocked around the park and another Lombardi Trophy.
The rest we’ll worry about later.
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