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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 told the media it's "50/50" that he returns for his senior year.
We, and the rest of the industry, believe it's closer to 95/5. It's probable that Johnson was just being diplomatic, which he himself seemed to indicate in later comments, saying he had nothing left to prove in college. "It would be surprising if he returns," wrote Miami Herald reporter Barry Jackson. The 5-foot-9, 194-pound Johnson has rushed for 88 yards or more in every game this year. Nov 24 - 7:42 PM

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Miami junior RB Duke Johnson rushed for 88 yards on 15 carries in a 30-13 setback versus Virginia on Saturday.

He also had five receptions leading to 44 yards. This was the first time all season that Johnson had been held under 90 rushing yards, and it was the first game since mid-September in which he didn't exceed the century mark (snapping a streak of six straight 100-yard rushing games). The 5-foot-9, 194-pound Johnson displays outstanding vision, quickness and explosiveness.
Nov 24 - 1:24 AM

Miami junior RB Duke Johnson rushed for 130 yards and one touchdown on 27 carries in the school's 30-26 loss to FSU.

It was Johnson's sixth straight 100+ yard rushing performance. He continues to show off the same explosion through and beyond the hole that allows him to pick up chunks of yards. His long gain went for 28 yards in this contest and added 37 more rushing yards.
Nov 16 - 11:08 AM

NFL.com media analyst Bucky Brooks noted that Miami junior RB Duke Johnson has perhaps the most to gain from a big performance in Saturday's showdown with FSU.

The 5-foot-9, 194-pound Johnson's rushed 158 times for 1,213 yards and nine touchdowns this season. He's quick and has an explosiveness to his game that scouts notice. "[Johnson]'s been bubbling under the surface," wrote Brooks. "If he puts on a big-time show as a runner and receiver, I think it kind of changes the perception of what he could be at the next level."
Source: NFL.com
Nov 14 - 5:57 PM

Miami's backfield will give Florida State's defense "all they can handle," according to Scouts Inc.'s Kevin Weidl.

"The Canes speed at the O-skill is fun to watch," Weidl tweeted. "Two explosive/versatile backs in (Duke) Johnson and (Joseph) Yearby." Johnson has dealt with head injuries in the past, but when on the field and healthy he is a game changer. The junior has rushed for 1,213 yards and nine touchdowns on 158 carries this season.
Nov 13 - 10:59 AM

NFL.com media analyst Bucky Brooks wrote that Miami junior RB Duke Johnson "could be a better pro prospect than some of the bigger names garnering the headlines at the position."

Johnson's stock had been on the rise even before he busted out for 177 rushing yards against North Carolina on Saturday. Over his last five games, he's rushed for 843 yards. Brooks noted that Johnson's "vision, quickness and explosiveness...has scouts intrigued by his dynamic game at the next level." According to Brooks, what might set Johnson apart from some other prospects is his receiving ability. So far this season, the 5-foot-9, 194-pounder has caught 21 passes for 273 yards.
Source: NFL.com
Nov 3 - 6:15 PM

Miami junior RB Duke Johnson rushed for 177 yards in Miami's 47-20 win over North Carolina on Saturday.

Johnson broke his long run near the end of the first half. Obviously, it accounted for a large chunk of the junior's running total, but even without the back-breaking run, Johnson was doing whatever he liked. Perhaps even more impressive than the long run was the fact that Johnson amassed his 177 yards on just 19 carries. He also caught two passes for 49 yards and a touchdown. Johnson is expected to declare for the 2015 NFL Draft, where he'll join a slew of other RBs headed by Georgia star Todd Gurley. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline expects Johnson to land somewhere in the second round if he declares, saying that "the elusive ball carrier combines quickness, instincts and a burst of speed to beat defenders every time the ball’s in his hands."
Nov 1 - 6:12 PM

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

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