Had he played college ball about 45 miles south of where I'm standing in Palm Beach County, you better believe you'd have heard of him before the 2012 NFL draft. A workhorse running back capable of breaking the NFL's rookie rushing record ... at The U? By the time he turned the shower on after his last game in the Orange Bowl he'd have an Under Armour contract. Mel Kiper would be calling him the next great Miami running back to go along with Ottis Anderson, Edgerrin James, Clinton Portis and Willis McGahee. Ray Lewis would be sending him inspirational texts as he heads to his first playoff game this Sunday.
Had he played 300 miles north, in Gainesville, punishing SEC defenses in The Swamp and Death Valley and Tuscaloosa, he'd be mentioned as the heir apparent to Emmitt Smith or Fred Taylor. He and Tim Tebow would be buddies and he might have a national championship on his resume. At the bare minimum, you'd at least have heard the name Alfred Morris before last week; before he came out of nowhere to break the all-time Redskins' single-season rushing record with a 200-yard performance in a must-win game; before he grabbed the headlines from his electrifying teammate, Robert Griffin III; and before he finished having the best year by an NFL rookie running back in three decades.