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FAU running back Morris: MTSU played dirty
There's been a great deal of hoopla over Florida linebacker Brandon Spikes' eye gouge of Georgia running back Washaun Ealey last weekend. The move will cause Spikes to miss the Gators' upcoming game against Vanderbilt. (Think they'll survive?)

Florida Atlantic running back Alfred Morris says the Gators weren't the only team guilty of dirty play.

Morris spent the week leading up to Saturday's game against Middle Tennessee recovering from a mild ankle sprain. Apparently the Blue Raiders knew all about it. He says MTSU went out of its way to try to re-injure that ankle, going as far as to to say MTSU players were dirty.

Click on the video to hear Morris' remarks.

Morris is a soft spoken-spoken guy - which is kind of surprising and somewhat refreshing considering the power he packs on a football field. As you can see in the video, he didn't appear to be trying to stir up trouble or to be making noise for noise sake. He did point to linebacker Cam Robinson as being one player who was intentionally trying to cause injuries. Robinson was second on the Blue Raiders with 14 tackles.

It should be noted that Morris later said he felt fine after his 25-carry, 93-yard performance despite all the twisting going on at the bottom of those piles.

The physicality of the MTSU game took it's toll on FAU. Quarterback Rusty Smith endured a career-ending shoulder injury during the fourth quarter of that game, which FAU lost 27-20. Tight end Jason Harmon left the game with a hip injury and several other Owls are banged up.

Were the Blue Raiders intentionally trying to injure the Owls? Listening to Morris' explanation, he seems credible. He wasn't grandstanding or calling for sanctions - the usual MO of people looking for attention. His reaction was one of surprise.

He didn't blame the Owls loss on MTSU's dirty play either. It should, however, make next year's trip to Murfreesboro a little more interesting.

OWL Links:

At, we told you that Jason Harmon practiced and should be ready to play against UAB this weekend. Marcus Nelson also writes that Rusty Smith will always be an Owl. We also posted the complete audio from Howard Schnellenberger's mid-week press conference.

The Palm Beach Post looks at how special teams play continues to plague FAU.

The Sun-Sentinel notes that the Owls are preparing for another running quarterback.

The Birmingham News writes that the Blazers are concerned about their secondary.

OWL Cal:

3:30 p.m. Practice at the Oxley fields
7 p.m. ESPN Radio 760's FAU SportsPage featuring Howard Schnellenberger - live from the Delray Beach Bru's Room

November 05, 2009

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