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Duke Johnson | Running Back

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

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Miami junior RB Duke Johnson has starting NFL potential, believes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.
"Johnson is a terrific running back prospect and a quick, creative ball carrier with speed," Pauline wrote. "He has a burst which can be turned on in a single step and Johnson easily beats defenders into the open field. The junior is also a consistent pass catching threat out of the backfield and offers starting potential at the next level." Johnson told the media at July's ACC Kickoff media event that he gained 20 pounds this offseason. He also claims to be faster than he ever has been. Johnson rushed for 920 yards and scored six touchdowns in the eight games before breaking his right tibia during the Hurricanes' loss at Florida State on Nov. 2. Aug 19 - 12:54 AM

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At the ACC Kickoff media event, Miami junior RB Duke Johnson mentioned that he "gained about 20 pounds this offseason to combat his critics."

The 5-foot-9, 206 pound Johnson who played at close to 188 pounds last season, has been able add the weight without sacrificing any of his speed. "I'm faster than I was," Johnson told NFL.com's Mike Huguenin. The Hurricane prospect added that he put on the extra weight "for extra durability" so if he was needed to to be the focal point of the offense he "could handle 25 carries a game" if it came to that. Before breaking his right tibia during the Hurricanes' loss at Florida State, Johnson rushed for 920 yards and six touchdowns in eight games.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 21 - 10:54 AM

If Miami junior RB Duke Johnson (broken ankle) can remain healthy, add some bulk, and take another developmental step forward, he could be at "the top of the list of draft-eligible running backs for 2015," according to CBS Sports' Derek Stephens.

Johnson rushed for 920 yards and scored six touchdowns in the eight games before breaking his right tibia during the Hurricanes' loss at Florida State on Nov. 2, which ended his season. "While Johnson may lack the size that scouts look for in an every-down running back at the next level, he exhibits vision and patience beyond his years, possesses rare initial burst throught the hole, and is a physical runner with the ability to move defenders and extend plays on contact," Stephens wrote. The analyst believes Johnson's best bet might be to declare for the draft after this season because of the short shelf life of NFL RBs. "He needs to work on adjusting his levels in the open field as he tends to run a bit upright making it hard for him to stop and redirect with suddenness, and despite his strong initial burst, he's had some trouble running away from secondaries once he's had a clear path to the end zone," Stephens wrote.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 15 - 4:03 PM

Miami junior RB Duke Johnson believes his broken ankle is 100-percent healed and added that he has added "15 or so" pounds of muscle this offseason.

Johnson broke his right tibia during the Hurricanes' loss at Florida State on Nov. 2, ending his season. He rushed for 920 yards and scored six touchdowns in the eight games prior to that. NFL.com's Bucky Brooks wrote last month that Johnson is the most talented Miami runner since Frank Gore, calling him pro-ready right now. Johnson has surpassed 100 yards seven times in 20 career appearances.
Jun 21 - 7:07 PM

Miami junior RB Duke Johnson is the most talented Miami runner since Frank Gore, according to NFL.com's Bucky Brooks.

Brooks believes Johnson is already pro-ready. "Johnson is a talented runner-receiver with a shifty running style that makes him nearly impossible to bring down in the open field," the analyst wrote. "In addition, he is a tough, hard-nosed ball carrier who refuses to go down on initial contact. Although that trait is admirable, the junior standout would be wise to avoid the unnecessary punishment when measuring just 5-9, 196 pounds." Though some teams will avoid Johnson due to his size and durability questions, "the fact that he has posted seven 100-yard games in 20 appearances should erase some of the concerns about his emergence as one of the top runners in college football," Brooks believes.
Source: NFL.com
May 26 - 3:21 PM

Miami sophomore RB Duke Johnson (ankle) will miss spring practice.

Johnson suffered the injury against Florida State on Nov. 2. "I'm really excited in the progress I've made, and everyone else [at UM] is excited, too," Johnson said on Sunday. "... I don't believe I will [practice this spring]. But if anything changes, you'll see. But I don't really think so." He rushed for 920 yards and six touchdowns in eight games last season.
Jan 20 - 7:21 PM

Miami sophomore RB Duke Johnson (ankle) believes he will miss spring practice.

Johnson broke his right tibia during the Hurricanes' loss at Florida State on Nov. 2. He underwent surgery shortly thereafter and has been in a walking boot since. Johnson isn't sure when the boot will be removed, but said he's "probably not" going to be ready to participate during spring practices. He rushed for 920 yards and scored six touchdowns in the eight games this year.
Sun, Dec 29, 2013 03:00:00 PM

Miami sophomore RB Duke Johnson underwent successful surgery to repair to broken ankle on Monday.

Johnson is expected to return to campus on Thursday. The running back suffered the season ending injury against Florida State. Dallas Crawford will be promoted to the feature back role.
Tue, Nov 5, 2013 04:33:00 PM

Miami sophomore RB Duke Johnson will miss the remainder of the season due to a broken right ankle.

He will have surgery this week. Johnson's ankle was twisted at the bottom of a pile, but ESPN said the initial diagnosis was an ankle sprain before Johnson was taken in for further testing. We love his running style, but Johnson seems to get dinged up every week. He finishes the season with 823 rushing yards and six touchdowns on 122 carries.
Sun, Nov 3, 2013 12:53:00 AM

Miami sophomore RB Duke Johnson was carted to the locker room with an ankle injury.

Johnson's ankle was twisted at the bottom of a pile. ESPN made sure to not the initial diagnosis is an ankle sprain, but Johnson was taken in for further testing. We love his running style, but Johnson seems to get dinged up every week.
Sat, Nov 2, 2013 11:14:00 PM

Miami sophomore RB Duke Johnson has averaged 2.9 yards per carry in four career games against ranked teams.

Johnson has accounted for 127 yards on 44 carries. It is a surprising stat, since Johnson is one of the top running backs in the country and is known for busting off huge plays. The sophomore does offer a physical style to his game despite a lean frame, but has dealt with head injuries in the past. The Seminoles defense swarms to the football.
Wed, Oct 30, 2013 12:18:00 PM

Miami sophomore RB Duke Johnson rushed for 168 yards and one touchdown on 30 carries in a 24-21 win over Wake Forest.

Johnson has dealt with head injuries and migraines, but his talent is undeniable. Many will look at the lean runner and call him a burner. Johnson, however, can slip tackles and win after contact. He is a part of a very talented sophomore running back class.
Sat, Oct 26, 2013 03:39:00 PM

Miami sophomore RB Duke Johnson did suffer a "mild" concussion against UNC last week.

ESPN announcers disclosed the information during Saturday's contest against Wake Forest. Johnson has a history of migraines and at least one other instance of a possible concussion. Expect to read more information during next year's draft process.
Sat, Oct 26, 2013 12:24:00 PM

Miami will not appeal the new sanctions imposed by the NCAA.

Miami "cooperated fully with investigators and took responsibility for its actions by proactively self-imposing severe penalties," the school stated in a release. The football team lost nine scholarships over the next three seasons.
Tue, Oct 22, 2013 02:51:00 PM

Miami will not receive further punishment in the form of bowl bans, but the NCAA will dock the football program nine scholarships over the next three seasons.

The NCAA has been investigating Miami for quite some time thanks to the Nevin Shapiro fiasco, but the punishment is fairly light. Miami did self-impose bowl bans for multiple seasons, which likely played into the NCAA's decision. The Hurricanes are undefeated and could factor in to the BCS bowl picture if it stays that way.
Tue, Oct 22, 2013 09:09:00 AM