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Duke Johnson | Running Back

Team: Miami (FL) Hurricanes
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 206

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Cincinnati HC Tommy Tuberville told Sports Illustrated's Thayer Evans and Pete Thamel that Miami junior RB Duke Johnson reminds him of Walter Payton and Barry Sanders.
"He kind of reminds me of Walter Payton where he can stop and go sideways," Tuberville told Sports Illustrated's Inside Read. "One of those Barry Sanders-type of guys that can accelerate, hit a hole fast and change directions." The 5-foot-9, 206-pound Johnson had a career-high 249 rushing yards on 29 carries and a touchdown against the Hokies defense. Johnson also added two catches for 37 receiving yards and a receiving score. Virginia Tech HC Frank Beamer also mentioned that Johnson might be "the best running back he’s faced in his 42-year coaching career." Oct 29 - 4:19 PM

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In his performance against Virginia Tech, Miami junior RB Duke Johnson "showed why teams will consider taking him among the top 50 picks in next spring's draft," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"Johnson is a twitchy athlete who knows how to shoot holes with fast acceleration and has a second gear in the open field, making it tough on defenders to react to his movements. He can go too fast at times and won't always properly read blocks, but against the Hokies, Johnson was on point all night and showed why teams will consider taking him among the top 50 picks in next spring's draft," Brugler wrote. The 5-foot-9, 206-pound Johnson had a career-high 249 rushing yards on 29 carries and a touchdown against the Hokies defense. Johnson also added two catches for 37 receiving yards and a receiving score, as well.
Source: CBS Sports
Oct 28 - 3:11 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that Miami junior RB Duke Johnson "will land in the second round if he declares for the 2015 draft."

Pauline himself reported last week that Miami is expecting Johnson to leave early for the draft. "The elusive ball carrier combines quickness, instincts and a burst of speed to beat defenders every time the ball’s in his hands," he wrote. "Johnson’s a three down back, well schooled in all areas of the position, and will land in the second round if he declares for the 2015 draft, which he’s expected to do." Johnson twisted his ankle in last week's win against Virginia Tech, but he's expected to be fine.
Oct 27 - 7:59 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that Miami is expecting junior RB Duke Johnson to leave early for the draft.

"[A decision] even more likely after his injury last evening," Pauline wrote. Johnson twisted his ankle in Thursday's win over Virginia Tech after taking a tumble over a bench on the sideline, but he walked off under his own power. Miami HC Al Golden said Johnson was fine after the game, but the scare will no doubt remind Johnson of breaking his right tibia against Florida State last year around this time.
Oct 24 - 7:48 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang believes Miami junior RB Duke Johnson "has impressive acceleration."

"The 5-foot-9, 206-pound Johnson has impressive acceleration, which he used to zip through wide holes created by Miami's offensive line. He averaged a gaudy 8.6 yards on 29 carries against the Hokies, alternately impressing with his burst, agility, light feet to high-step through tackles and an effective stiff-arm," Rang wrote. The Hurricanes' prospect rushed for 249 yards and a touchdown in the school's 30-6 win over Virginia Tech. Johnson is looking like a good value pick in the middle rounds of the spring draft.
Source: CBS Sports
Oct 24 - 2:18 PM

Miami junior RB Duke Johnson rushed for 249 yards and a touchdown on 29 carries in the school's 30-6 win over Virginia Tech.

Johnson added 37 receiving yards and another touchdown. The talented running back saw a number of wide open holes at the first level and produced speed and agility to make defenders miss. However, there have been examples where he does break first contact to create yards on his own. Johnson dealt with head injuries last year, but a selection anywhere form the second- to the fourth-round is likely.
Oct 24 - 10:27 AM

Miami junior RB Duke Johnson rushed for 162 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries in a victory over Cincinnati on Saturday.

For those scoring at home, that's a 16.2 YPC average. He added four catches for 16 yards. If the Hurricanes hadn't have put this game away in the third quarter, Johnson would have gone over 200 yards with ease. Johnson has rushed for a touchdown in six straight games. He hasn't been held under 90 rushing yards yet. Johnson is looking like a good value pick in the middle rounds of the spring draft.
Oct 11 - 4:47 PM

Miami junior RB Duke Johnson impressed ESPN's Kevin Weidl with a few explosive runs against Georgia Tech on Saturday.

"Impressive vision," Weidl wrote. "Showing ability to create yards on his own." Johnson ran for 100 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries against the Yellow Jackets. Through Miami's six games, Johnson has shown sufficient explosion with a 6.3 YPC average and 625 yards.
Oct 6 - 2:13 AM

Miami junior RB Duke Johnson had 100 rushing yards and a touchdown on 14 carries against Georgia Tech on Saturday.

He added three catches for 52 yards. After failing to crack 100 rushing yards in his first four games, Johnson has now done so in consecutive outings. He now has 625 yards and five touchdowns in 100 carries (6.3 YPC) across six games.
Oct 5 - 10:15 PM

Miami junior RB Duke Johnson slapped 155 rushing yards on Duke in Saturday's 22-10 win.

This is the breakout performance we've been waiting for. Coming into the season, Johnson had surpassed 100 yards seven times in 20 career appearances, but he'd been stuck between 90-97 yards in each of the school's first four games. With this performance, he's upped his season totals to 525 yards and four touchdowns on 86 carries, good for a 6.1 YPC average.
Sep 28 - 11:04 PM

Miami junior RB Duke Johnson had 18 carries for 93 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's loss against Nebraska.

Johnson added five catches for 84 yards. He still hasn't cracked the century mark in rushing yards this year, though his average of 6.1 yards per carry isn't too far off his 6.3 mark from last year, or the 6.8 average he posted in 2012. Johnson has finished between 90-97 yards in each game, and now has 370 yards and three touchdowns in 61 carries.
Sep 22 - 12:24 AM

Miami junior RB Duke Johnson had 14 carries for 90 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 41-20 victory over Arkansas State.

Coming into the season, Johnson had surpassed 100 yards seven times in 20 career appearances. Since returning from his broken ankle, Johnson hasn't had a 100-yard game in three 2014 contests. That's an arbitrary criticism, however, as Johnson has finished between 90-97 yards in each game. The Hurricanes will have to lean on him more going forward, as a trip to Nebraska is on deck before ACC play begins in earnest.
Sep 13 - 8:50 PM

Miami junior RB Duke Johnson had nine carries for 97 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 41-7 victory over Florida A&M.

He averaged 10.8 yards per carry and took one of those totes for 55 yards. Interestingly, Johnson hasn't yet broken the century mark after entering the season having exceeded 100 yards seven times in 20 career games. Not totally his fault, though, as Miami lost its first game in a blowout and put this one out of reach midway through the second quarter. ESPN's Todd McShay wrote late last month that Johnson's best attribute is his burst: "He doesn't have an elite second gear, but he reaches his top-end speed quickly. He doesn't shake defenders with highlight-reel moves, but he has the agility to make the first defender miss and he's a run-after-catch threat in the passing game."
Sep 8 - 1:46 AM

Miami junior RB Duke Johnson had 20 carries for 90 yards in Monday night's 31-13 loss to Louisville.

By Johnson's standards, this was a ho-hum game, but he hardly deserves the blame. Hurricanes' freshman QB Brad Kaaya was ineffective, completing just 17-of-29 passes for 174 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions, and the offensive line was leaky. Without a passing threat to keep them honest, the Cardinals' defense keyed in on Johnson and asked Miami to beat them left-handed. Kaaya's grasp on the job probably isn't tight, with the seat under Al Golden starting to warm. Regardless of who Miami trots out behind center, we expect Johnson to have some monster games this fall. He has broken 100 rushing yards seven times in 21 career appearances.
Sep 1 - 11:24 PM

Miami junior RB Duke Johnson's best attribute is his burst, writes ESPN's Todd McShay.

Johnson rushed for 920 yards and scored six touchdowns in eight games before breaking his right tibia against Florida State on Nov. 2. "He doesn't have an elite second gear, but he reaches his top-end speed quickly," McShay wrote. "He doesn't shake defenders with highlight-reel moves, but he has the agility to make the first defender miss and he's a run-after-catch threat in the passing game. He runs really hard, but doesn't have the power base to regularly push the pile (he's tougher to tackle in space, with an effective stiff arm). He rates very well in terms of intangibles, but his durability is a concern that NFL teams will have to monitor." Johnson has surpassed 100 yards seven times in 20 career appearances.
Aug 25 - 10:14 PM