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History Favors Alfred Morris In Year Two

Posted by Stephen Czarda on July 9, 2013 – 10:47 am

(AP Image)

(AP Image)

With yesterday’s grand opening ceremony of the Redskins’ brand new, state-of-the-art Bon Secours Training Center, the offseason just reached its final “roadblock” before the start of the 2013 season.

While the Washington Redskins will see familiar faces returning from injury such as Adam Carriker, Brian Orakpo and Roy Helu Jr., Robert Griffin III and Alfred Morris are expected to get the brunt of the spotlight in Virginia’s Capital and beyond.

The offseason didn’t exactly close the book on their historical seasons; it only magnified the record-breaking performances to the point where Redskins Nation is craving for more.

Morris, in his typical humble demeanor, is ready to give the burgundy and gold just that.

Of course it doesn’t hurt that history trends towards another 1,000-yard season, either.

In the third quarter of the Redskins’ 28-18, Week 17 victory over the Dallas Cowboys last December, No. 46 broke Clinton Portis’ single season franchise record for most rushing yards in a season—as a rookie nonetheless.

By the time he made his last homerun swing, Morris’ prolific debut ranked in the top three all-time by a rookie. Only Eric Dickerson (1,808) and George Rodgers, of eventual Redskin fame, (1,674) accumulated more rushing yards in their first seasons.

Some may attribute head coach Mike Shanahan’s multiple back system or the cursed sophomore slump—but predictions for No. 46’s second season haven’t been too kind.

C’mon “experts” don’t be so mean to him—he’s a nice guy!

Anyway, this cool little graphic provided by NFL.com may debunk said problems for the former Florida Atlantic star.

Since 1978, 12 different running backs have eclipsed the 1,400 mark in their first season and, of those who played a full season, all but former Denver Bronco Mike Anderson rushed for 1,000 yards in year two.

So whether you’re looking for next-level stats for fantasy football or are simply a fan of what happens on the real gridiron—Morris can carry you to a championship.

Just don’t let him hold your trophy afterwards. He might want to take a swing with it.

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