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Alfred Morris breaks Redskins rookie record for carries in a season

Morris makes two Ravens miss on a first-quarter run. (Jonathan Newton/Washington Post)

Six days after he broke the franchise record for rushing yards gained by a rookie in one season, Redskins running back Alfred Morris set another record Sunday.

On his seventh carry of the game, the Florida Atlantic product broke the Redskins’ record for carries in one season by a rookie. Mike Thomas’ record of 235 carries had stood since 1975.

Morris gained four yards on his record-breaking carry. On his next carry, Morris plowed into the end zone for a one-yard touchdown run that (following the extra point) put Washington up 14-7 with just less than three minutes left in the first quarter.

Morris carried the ball another 17 times to bring his season total to 253 carries. He finished the game with 122 yards and in so doing, recorded his third consecutive 100-yard game. Morris, who now has 1,228 yards on the season, became the first Redskins player since Clinton Portis in 2008 to record six 100-yard games in a season.

Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.
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