March 27, 2013
WEST PALM BEACH, FL - Florida Atlantic University's all-time rushing leader Alfred Morris completed his first season NFL season with the Washington Redskins, where he set the Redskins single-season rushing record.
The FAU alum was honored by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission as the 2013 Professional Athlete of the Year. The award was presented on his behalf at the annual Hall of Fame Banquet which took place on Sunday, March 24 at the Palm Beach County Convention Center.
Morris is the leading rusher in Florida Atlantic University history and was a consistent member of the FAU Athletic Department's 3.0 GPA list. He was drafted in the 6th round (#173 overall) by the Redskins with whom he had one of the most impressive rookie seasons, earning votes for the NFL rookie of the year.
He finished the season with 1,613 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns. Each year, the Palm Beach County Sports Commission recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions in sports.
Morris graduated from Florida Atlantic after the 2011 season. During his senior season, he earned a second team spot on Phil Steel's 2011 Preseason All-Sun Belt Conference Team. Morris was the first Owl under Coach Schnellenberger to surpass 1,000 yards twice in his career.
Morris was named Florida Atlantic's 2012 Male Student Athlete of the Year and was the team's Co-MVP before he went on to participate in the 2012 NFL Combine.