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Ranking the Belt Running Backs


Ranking the Belt Running Backs


2. Florida Atlantic

Converted fullback Alfred Morris took over last spring as an injury replacement and made the most of the opportunity. The "A-Train" rumbled for 1,392 yards and 11 touchdowns, finishing 14th in the nation in rushing yards.

Morris introduced himself with a minor bang, rumbling for 95 yards in the 2009 opener, a lopsided loss to Nebraska. The biggest game of his sophomore season came against Louisiana-Lafayette, when he pounded out 181 yards and two scores in a 51-29 Owl victory.

Morris isn't much of a receiver, catching only seven passes all of last season. He may have to become more of a dump-off option in FAU's pro-style offense, however, as the Owls are replacing their entire offensive line.

Senior Willie Floyd has 51 career carries, and sixth-year senior Jeff Blanchard has 28. Blanchard's injury was the one that necessitated Morris's conversion to tailback, so fall practice will determine if Blanchard gets first shot to be Morris's caddy.

Fullback Willie Rose graduated, but sophomore Xavier Stinson should make a seamless transition into the starting role, as he was trusted with 30 carries last season.
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