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Former Owl Alfred Morris making his case to start in NFL

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Washington Redskins rookie Alfred Morris entered training camp at the bottom of the running back depth chart. But after Morris ran for 107 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries in the Redskins’ 30-17 victory over the Indianapolis Colts Saturday, the former FAU Owl might start the NFL regular season as Washington's No. 1 back.

Morris' Saturday performance stole the show from the much-hyped showdown between No. 1 pick Andrew Luck and No. 2 pick Robert Griffin, and with injuries to the top three running backs on the Redskins depth chart, pick No. 173 picked the right game to breakout.

In truth, Morris' 100-yard performance was always pending. After three preseason games — Morris has started the last two — the Pensacola native has an average of five yards per carry.

"It's a great opportunity and I just went out and did my best with the opportunity I was given," Morris told reporters after Saturday's game.  "Definitely, I think I played a lot better overall than I played last game."

Redskins coach Mike Shanahan has been impressed by Morris, but won't name him the week one starter — yet.  

“We’ve got a very competitive football team and we’re going to play the best players,” Shanahan told the Washington Post. “He had a heck of a game today. He played well. . . We’re going to see who’s healthy . . . . He may be the lonely soldier at the end. We might only have one, the way things have been going.”

Morris' touchdown run -- NFL.com Video

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