The Owl Fingers have crossed over into the NFL.
Alfred Morris, former Owls workhorse and leading rusher in school history, made history on Sunday afternoon. In his NFL debut Morris, a starter for the Washington Redskins, made the most of his opportunity, with 96 yards on 28 carries to go with a pair of touchdowns in a 40-32 win against the New Orleans Saints.
Early in the third quarter, Morris scored the first NFL touchdown by an Owl on a one yard run. After the score, Morris pointed to his name on the back of his jersey. Following a Redskins interception in the fourth quarter that set up a small field, Morris sealed the victory by punching in a three yard touchdown. He celebrated by throwing up the Owl Fingers.
“Who dat? We that! Hail to the Redskins!” Morris said on his Twitter page.
With the 173rd pick in the 2012 NFL draft, the Redskins selected Morris in the sixth round. Added to an already crowded running back core, Morris had a strong preseason with 195 yards and two touchdowns, emerging as the starter for week one.
“Very few times will he ever lose yardage,” Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said in the preseason to the Washington Post, “because he’s always running downhill [straight ahead]. Also, you either have an innate ability to make people miss or you don’t. He has it.”
The Redskins were a 9.5 point underdog up against the Saints on Sunday, mainly because they were starting two rookies: Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Robert Griffin III and Morris at running back. The Redskins however used the strong performances of their rookies to pull off the upset and shock the Saints.
“I came from a 1-11 team last year. I did come from nowhere. How many people know where FAU is?” Morris told the Washington Post before the regular season. “So I definitely feel I represent those low-round draft picks, those undrafted guys, who nobody expects to do anything.”