(John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

RICHMOND — Tailback Alfred Morris was one of the Washington Redskins’ — and the NFL’s — most surprising success stories last season.

He went from being a sixth-round draft choice to winning the starting job in training camp to setting a single-season team rushing record with 1,613 yards.

Now the question is whether Morris can do it again.

Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said Thursday he’s confident that Morris has a suitable encore performance in store.

“There’s no question in my mind that he’s going to be one of the best backs because of how hard he works, what type of shape he’s in,” Shanahan said. “You can tell he’s confident just in running during the OTA days and even [Thursday’s opening day of training camp]. He’s going to be a guy that just keeps on getting better. Now, can he surpass what he did last year? I can’t answer that. But I would be surprised if he doesn’t have an excellent year, barring injuries.”

Have a Redskins question? E-mail Mike Jones at mike.jones@washpost.com with the subject line “Mailbag question” for him to answer it in The Mailbag.

Follow: @MikeJonesWaPo | @MarkMaske | @john_keim @Insider | @PostSports

What’s ahead:

The team practices at 10 a.m. and 3:20 p.m.

John Keim writes about Jordan Reed and Chris Thompson later today.

Owner Daniel Snyder and Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones hold a news conference at 2:30.

More from The Post on the NFL and Redskins:

Mazda is refurbishing Alfred Morris’s beloved ’91 626

D.C. Sports Bog: RGIII on six newspaper front pages

With leadership role, CB DeAngelo Hall steps up his game

D.C. Sports Bog: Hall says Redskins have ‘unfinished business’

LB Robinson expected to miss three to five months

DE Carriker needs four to five months to recover

Mike Jones’s Day 1 camp observations

D.C. Sports Bog: Cowboys jerseys at Redskins’ camp

Jarvis Jenkins in spotlight with Carriker out

Robert Griffin III takes it slow as Redskins open training camp

Reid: Offense will pave Redskins’ way to sustained success

Training camp photo gallery: 2013 season gets underway

Fred Davis expects slightly reduced camp workload

Longtime Saints WR Devery Henderson still picking up offense

Rookies Amerson, Rambo open camp as first stringers

Orakpo says contract situation will ‘work itself out’

Robert Griffin III on board with plan for him to skip preseason games

Fletcher still going strong as his 16th training camp begins

Wilson and Hurt open camp on PUP list; Ss Bernstine, Holland waived