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Redskins kick tires on Shawn Morris, brother of Alfred

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Last year, the Redskins finagled arguably the steal of the draft, selecting running back Alfred Morris in round six.  This year, another Morris faces even longer odds to stardom.

Shawn Morris, a Division III college running back at Birmingham Southern, is Alfred’s brother.  The younger Morris spent the weekend with his brother’s team on a tryout basis.

“Same personality, for sure,” coach Mike Shanahan told reporters on Sunday regarding Shawn Morris.  “I’m not sure they both run the same. But what a quality young man.”

Shawn Morris is among more than 40 players who have gotten a chance to get one of 90 offseason roster spots.

“What we do is have our scouts look at these players and if they think somebody has an attribute where it gives them a chance to make our football team, then we bring them in,” Shanahan said.  “We brought in, like I mentioned, I believe it was 47 guys and either a scout or a coach saw something that they thought they should be in our camp and have a chance to make our football team.”

The five-foot, eight-inch Shawn Morris talked about his NFL prospects while taking part in the UAB Pro Day workout in March.  “I’ve always been small and I’ve always excelled because I have the heart of a lion,” Morris said.

He may have the heart of a lion, but he’ll need to do a lot to have the uniform of a Redskin come September.

[Photo credit:  Birmingham Southern Athletics]

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26 Responses to “Redskins kick tires on Shawn Morris, brother of Alfred”
  1. inyofaceagain says: May 5, 2013 4:49 PM

    A DIII player? Seems a little desperate. I’m sure they are just doing it to make a little offseason noise and maybe to please over-achiever Alfred.
    I think the Giants will take over the division again this year. Gotta like Eli

  2. skinsfan91 says: May 5, 2013 5:24 PM

    I predict the skins will have an even better record than last year and repeat as div. champs. They’ve only added players to the team, they didn’t lose anybody.

  3. stevenray72 says: May 5, 2013 5:29 PM

    The reason they invited him was because the scouts saw potential. He may not make the team, but it does add competition.

  4. clw1906 says: May 5, 2013 5:33 PM

    inyofaceagain says:
    May 5, 2013 4:49 PM
    A DIII player? Seems a little desperate. I’m sure they are just doing it to make a little offseason noise and maybe to please over-achiever Alfred.
    I think the Giants will take over the division again this year. Gotta like Eli

    Oh really? Desperate with the 2nd leading rusher in 2012 oh yeah you make a lot of sense. So ummmm remind us genius of your RB accomplishments on the Midgets team?

  5. saintsfan26 says: May 5, 2013 5:33 PM

    Logicalcoicessays:

    Best runningbacks in the NFL: 26. Shawn Greene 27. LaGarrette Blount 28. Alfred Morris 29. Bernard Scott. In that order.

  6. logicailvoicesays says: May 5, 2013 5:38 PM

    The best and classiest franchise in NFL history always shows why they dominate the Super Bowl and are admired around the world as a first rate organization.

  7. thegreatgabbert says: May 5, 2013 5:40 PM

    Don’t kick those tires too hard, after all, it’s a Morris Minor.

  8. scoobies05 says: May 5, 2013 6:12 PM

    what superbowl have they even sniffed since the mid 90’s. not trying to bash the skins but at least make sense

  9. genericcommenter says: May 5, 2013 6:15 PM

    Wouldn’t be the first time the Skins carried a Div III player with an accomplished older brother.

  10. kwickett85 says: May 5, 2013 6:19 PM

    Not trying to make a WWE/WWF reference here but they could be the Brothers of Destruction.

  11. collegeref says: May 5, 2013 6:19 PM

    I worked one of this guys games two years ago. He’s got some serious speed and hits the hole remarkably well for a back of his size. Solid back that could develop well on the right team if given a chance.

  12. silvernblak says: May 5, 2013 6:27 PM

    Redskins win the superbowl. Lets just get it out of the way. All the good players of the league are going there, Seattle or the Falcons. All looking for the trophy.

  13. blackcatnfl says: May 5, 2013 6:34 PM

    Why not take a look at him? You’d be dumb not to.

  14. da1dub says: May 5, 2013 6:34 PM

    younger morris brother is more of a third down back with good hands and great speed. If given a chance he will be on some NFL team

  15. gbatap says: May 5, 2013 8:04 PM

    Morris is a creation of Mike Shanahan. Just like Olandis Gary, Mike Anderson, Clinton Portis, Reuban Droughns, Ryan Torain, etc, etc. Put him on another team, with another blocking scheme and no read option threat at QB and you have a very ordinary RB.

  16. thirdistheworrd says: May 5, 2013 8:08 PM

    A DIII player? Seems a little desperate. I’m sure they are just doing it to make a little offseason noise and maybe to please over-achiever Alfred.
    ______
    It makes sense: the Redskins don’t attract a lot of offseason attention. Oh wait, I forgot about how every third article here is about the team name or the team field, or Robert Griffin’s knee, and that over the last decade, the team has been ridiculed every year for being “offseason champions,” despite 1 big name signing in the last five years. But forget all of that: now they have a DIII runningback.

    ESPN, brace yourself: forget Manti Te’o, forget Robert Griffin’s knee, forget the Jets 5-way QB battle; Shawn Morris is the real story of the offseason– the DIII runningback who has a 1/40 chance to get noticed, a 1/90 chance of getting signed, and a 1/1000 chance of making the team. And obviously it would be a 1/10000 if it weren’t for his selfish brother Alfred.

    And what the hell is an NFL “over-achiever”? And how could that possibly be a bad thing?

  17. GenXJay says: May 5, 2013 8:22 PM

    If Alfred blows his knee(s) on FedEx, this will be a way ol’ leather face can pull a fast one on the sidelines by throwing in the other Morris w/out anyone knowing.

  18. kingcarlbanks says: May 5, 2013 8:29 PM

    It’s funny how a few delusional fans can make you really hate a team. “Dominate the Super Bowl?” It been over 20 years my friend..

  19. gshady28 says: May 5, 2013 8:51 PM

    Russell Wilson was the steal of the 2012 Draft. There is no argument.

  20. markustt says: May 5, 2013 11:11 PM

    I’ve been following this kid’s college career for the last four seasons. He is a stud. He was the best player in his team’s conference as a junior. Unfortunately he got hurt early in his senior season and struggled for awhile. However, he rushed for over 500 yards the last two games of the season as Birmingham Southern won its conference championship. Also, someone in here said it was desperation to grab a D3 player. I guess the poster had never heard of Fred Jackson.

    As for who was the steal of the draft, Alfred Morris or Russell Wilson, it’s really apples and oranges. Both were incredible steals.

  21. alphaq2 says: May 6, 2013 8:02 AM

    Even as a Redksins fan, I don’t have a problem with the guy above saying Wilson was the steal of the draft. However, don’t confuse a draft steal with better. Wilson is not better than Griffin or Luck and time will prove that. I wouldn’t be surprised if Seattle struggles to make the playoffs with the emergence of St. Louis. If Wilson was the steal of the draft then Morris is a very very close second.

  22. markustt says: May 6, 2013 12:26 PM

    Right now, the super rookie trio of Luck, Griffin, and Wilson are all comparable and it’s impossible to predict who will eventually have the best career. There’s just too many variables.

    Also, any of last year’s playoff teams has the potential to struggle, not just the Seahawks. The Redskins are just as vulnerable and they don’t play in as good of division as Seattle.

  23. 206townbiz says: May 6, 2013 1:07 PM

    Seattle not make the playoffs?? Lol Wilson not being better than RG3?? We’ll see who has a longer career. Wilson will have the better career just from being on the field more…

  24. thirdistheworrd says: May 6, 2013 4:23 PM

    gbatap says:
    May 5, 2013 8:04 PM
    Morris is a creation of Mike Shanahan. Just like Olandis Gary, Mike Anderson, Clinton Portis, Reuban Droughns, Ryan Torain, etc, etc. Put him on another team, with another blocking scheme and no read option threat at QB and you have a very ordinary RB.
    __________
    I love A-Mo, but I’m willing to admit that that’s certainly possible. The question is: does it matter?

    It’s kind of like saying Jimmy Johnson is a good driver, but only because he drives a car, if he was driving a Segway, he’d be terrible. Morris plays for Shanahan and he’s a good runningback. It may be true that he wouldn’t be as good elsewhere, but who cares, he’s in DC and he’s a great runningback.

  25. dcbronco says: May 6, 2013 11:23 PM

    People that say a running back is a system guy need to realize that almost every player is a system guy. A good coach finds guys that fit their system. Morris is a great back for Shanahan’s system. A. Foster is the best back in the ZB system now. Maybe the best ever. Certain linemen fit the system. Fitting a system is one of the reasons why some guys fail in one city then go somewhere else and flourish. Few backs transcend their given system. Like a Barry Sanders or Walter Payton. The thing that makes Zone-blocking scheme backs standout is that the system is so much better and efficient than trapping and pulling that the guys that do fit it thrive above what backs in other systems do. There are a ton of backs in the NFL the wouldn’t do well in the ZB system.

  26. thesearbs says: May 7, 2013 11:33 AM

    It’s ignorant to be critical of any team picking up an undrafted free agent since it doesn’t cost against the cap and they are essentially just tryouts.
    Also, only a moron would question Shanahan’s ability to find talent at the running back position.

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