Dec. 7, 2011
BOCA RATON, FL - The Florida Atlantic University 2011 football campaign has come to a close with the announcement of the Sun Belt all-conference teams.
Senior running back Alfred Morris earned second team honors while fellow senior and offensive lineman Sam McRoy earned honorable mention honors. The two seniors were joined by sophomore Randell Johnson who also received honorable mention recognition.
Morris ended his four-year career a top the FAU all-time record book for total career yards rushed (3,529), rushing attempts (733), rushing TDs (27), rushing yards per game (75.1), and all-purpose yards (3,843). The four-year letterman is listed third in yards per carry (4.81), and total points (186) behind two kickers. He finished fourth in total offense (3,529) behind three quarterbacks and TD's responsible for (31) also behind three quarterbacks. Morris was the 2009 SBS rushing leader and completed both 2010 and 2011 second among SBC rushers. Morris closed out his final campaign with 1,186 yards, an average of 5.0 yards per carry. He became the first running back in Howard Schnellenberger's 27 years as a head coach to post two seasons with 1,000 yards.
Morris' accomplishments were made possible by the offensive line. He was afforded the opportunity to run behind an experienced line in 2009. The 2011 line was anchored by left tackle McRoy who ended his two seasons as a starter playing with a rotation of eight linemen all familiar with each other. McRoy was praised throughout the season by Schnellenberger. He played and started in all but one 2011 game. He served as the team's captain three times and graded out at 90 percent and recorded more than 50 knockdowns.
Johnson played and started in each of the team's 2011 games, after his freshman campaign was cut three games short do to broken bones in his back. Johnson took to the new 3-4 defense by leading the owls with 14.5 tackles for a loss of 55 yards. He was second on the team, behind junior David Hinds (110 tackles) who ended his sophomore season second on the squad in total tackles with 92. Johnson completed the year eighth among league tacklers. He recorded four sacks in 2011, second on the squad, had three passes broken up and three passes defended and first in the league with four fumbles forced.
While Johnson is FAU's only underclassman to make the all-SBC team, the Owls can expect new things to come in 2012 under the direction of newly hired head coach Carl Pelini.
As the out-going seniors begin preparing for life after FAU football, Morris and Kevin Cyrille have been invited to play in the inaugural Battle of Florida All-Star game scheduled for Saturday, January 21 at 8 p.m., at FAU Stadium, Boca Raton campus.
Punter Mickey Groody has been invited to play in the Atlanta Diamond Bowl.