Alfred Morris is an NFC Player of the Week

January, 2, 2013
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Washington Redskins running back Alfred Morris has been named NFC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in Sunday night's division-clinching victory over the Dallas Cowboys. Morris rushed for 200 yards and three touchdowns on 33 carries. Morris is the second Redskins player to win the award this season, joining quarterback Robert Griffin III, who won it in Week 1 and again in Week 11. The NFL reports that Griffin and Morris are the first pair of rookie teammates to win the award in the same season.

Morris was the Redskins' sixth-round draft pick this year and won a training-camp battle with three other running backs in part because he was healthy and they were not. But once he became the starter, Morris made it clear he was not interested in sharing the job. A perfect fit for coach Mike Shanahan's zone-blocking run schemes, which ask the running back to make one cut and get up the field for as many yards as possible, Morris finished second in the NFL in rushing yards with 1,613 and second in rushing touchdowns with 13. He broke Clinton Portis' Redskins team record for rushing yards in a season.

Dan Graziano

ESPN New York Giants reporter

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