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Alfred Morris says Middle Tennessee plays ‘real dirty’


Alfred Morris says Middle Tennessee plays ‘real dirty’

Alfred Morris says Middle Tennessee plays ‘real dirty’

by Tom D'Angelo

Florida’s Brandon Spikes has company in the category of dirty players.

FAU running back Alfred Morris told FAUOwlAccess.com that Middle Tennessee defenders were a bit frisky in the extracurricular department during the Owls’ 27-20 loss last Saturday.

“They were aiming for my ankle a lot,” Morris said. “The whole game they were mouthing off under the pile. They were laying on top of me pushing my head into the ground and stuff. They were playing real dirty. I didn’t appreciate it but it’s a part of football.”

Morris finished with 93 yards on 25 carries, dropping his average to 114.0 a game, which is now 16th in the nation.

Offenses have the edge

Saturday’s game at Alabama-Birmingham will feature two offenses with impressive numbers against some underwhelming defenses.

The Owls are ninth in total offense with 452.6 yards per game and 11th in passing offense with 301.7 yards while UAB is 117th in total defense, allowing 475.5 yards per game and dead last in pass defense, allowing 324.1 yards per game.

Of course, the unknown is how FAU QB Jeff Van Camp will handle his first career college start.

UAB relies on a rushing offense that is ranked No. 9 with 230.0 yards per game. While the Owls’ rushing defense is No. 116, allowing 224.7 yards per game.

UAB’s Joe Webb is the nation’s leading rusher among QBs and No. 8 in the nation with 122.9 yards per game.

With these numbers as the barometer, the winning team may need to score 50 and the Owls should pass for about 400 yards while UAB runs for about 300 yards.

* Sun Belt Champions & New Orleans Bowl Champions-2007
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