Alfred Morris reaches more rushing milestones

(AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)


Another week, and more milestones for running back Alfred Morris.

In rushing for two touchdowns against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, Morris tied and then broke the franchise record for rushing touchdowns by a rookie running back.

Morris increased his total to nine touchdowns this season, eclipsing Skip Hicks’s record that had stood since 1998.

Morris finished the day with 87 yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries. With that performance, he put himself into the top 10 on the Redskins’ list of single-season rushing campaigns.

Now with 1,315 yards under his belt, Morris recorded the 10th 1,300-yard season in Redskins history. He joins Clinton Portis (four times), Stephen Davis (three times), Terry Allen (twice) and John Riggins as the only backs to surpass the 1,300-yard mark in a season.

“It feels great. It would’ve been bittersweet if we had lost,” Morris said. “But it’s a great feeling because we won and I was able to contribute to the win.”

Morris was coming off of a game in which he carried the ball 23 times for 129 yards (both season highs) and a touchdown against Baltimore.

Two weeks ago, Morris broke the franchise record for rushing yards gained by a rookie running back. And last week, he set the record for carries by a rookie.

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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