Shanny’s sneaky selection of unheralded running back Alfred Morris kind of flew under the radar on Draft Day 3, what with everyone freaking out about Kirk Cousins and all. Now that the dust has settled, I implore you to revisit this situation.
Because I think he just might be a factor.
The man known on Twitter as @Trey_Deuces was good enough to go back and forth with Burgundy Blog for the following enlightening email interview that is guaranteed to make you an instant fan…
BB: Welcome to the Redskins, Mr. Morris! We couldn’t be happier to have you. How does it feel to wear the burgundy and gold?
AM: Thank you. To be honest it’s a dream come true. I’ve been a Redskins fan since Clinton Portis came aboard and I would have never in a million years thought the Redskins would be the team to draft me.
BB: Awesome to hear you were already a fan. Redskin Nation is big on nicknames, and with a first name like Alfred, I’m sure you’ve had a few in your day. What should we call you?
AM: LOL! I have so many nicknames, sometimes I forget them all. For example: A-Train, Chicken Alfredo, Alfie, Brucey…and the list goes on. I usually give everyone I meet the opportunity to create a nickname, so I will leave my new nickname up to the Redskins fans.
BB: Chicken Alfredo is fairly strong, but I feel strangely compelled to refer to you as “FroMo,” or possibly “Fromosapien.” Objections?
AM: LOL! No objections but I would definitely say those suggestions are a first. If they stick, then so be it, but if not, I guess it’s back to the drawing board for you. Haha!
BB: Glad we got that cleared up. I’m sure by now you’ve learned about Coach Shanahan’s history of turning late-round running backs into household names, starting with Terrell Davis, who was a sixth-round pick like yourself. How do you feel about being the latest hopeful in that long line of success stories?
AM: I feel honored for Coach Shanahan to think of me in the same light as some of his great backs, such as Terrell Davis. I can’t promise to be anything like Mr. Davis but I can promise that I will give it my all, and leave it all on the field each and every day, and I guess only time will tell how that will translate into production on the field.
BB: Good enough for me! I watched a highlight reel from your days at Florida Atlantic (click here) and thought to myself, This guy runs like an evil baby rhinoceros! How would you describe your running style, in your own words?
AM: I’m the type of running back who isn’t afraid of contact. Although I can be elusive, I love punishing defenders and refuse to be brought down by a single defender. I call it, Demanding My Respect. I will pound them all game and eventually they become fearful, and then I just run around them. Easy as 1-2-3.
BB: Wow, that is an excellent answer. You scored 31 touchdowns in college, which is A LOT. What’s your secret? Do you have a “nose for the goal-line?” Do you think that trait will translate to the NFL?
AM: I definitely do have a nose for the goal-line. I don’t waste much time “shaking.” I’m a one-cut-and-get-north-and-south guy and if you happen to get in my way, I will introduce you to my shoulder and the bottom of my cleats, or drag you along and charge you a fee for the taxi ride. LOL!
BB: I think you just became my favorite Redskin. Alas, you also had an unfortunate 16 fumbles in college. Do you think that’s correctable?
AM: Yeah, unfortunate is correct. Definitely correctable. I wouldn’t call it a problem but my issue is I’m a brawler when I run and unlike at other bigger schools, I didn’t have the luxury of (polished) down-field blocking. So when I was fighting off defenders, solo, I would at times hit the ball off my thigh or a defender standing by. Never had anyone hit me and force the fumble, they were always self-inflicted.
BB: Some people have suggested you might fit better as a fullback, but Shanny recently called you a tailback. After the rookie minicamp, do you have a good sense for how Shanny plans to use you?
AM: Well, all are entitled to their own opinion but I’m definitely not a fullback. I’m a tailback who’s not too proud to put his hand in the dirt. Coach Turner and Shanahan both have let me know that I will be a tailback, but exactly how I will be used hasn’t been discussed.
BB: Do you consider yourself well-suited to run in a zone blocking scheme?
AM: Yes I’m more than suited. I’ve been a one-cut-and-go back all my life. I’m very decisive and I have a gift of finding holes that other backs would fail to see.
BB: Tell us one interesting thing about yourself that we couldn’t learn from the boring, generic newspapers.
AM: Hmmm…let’s see. I’m the middle son of seven boys, no sisters…oh! And for the entire 2009 football season I wore a Tigger (from Winnie the Pooh) backpack to each game.
BB: That’s odd but I am still drawn to you. Is there anything else—anything at all—that you want to tell your millions of adoring new fans in Redskin Nation?
AM: Yes, well, not necessarily to Redskin Nation but to all others who are not a part of us: HAIL TO THE REDSKINS!!!