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Duke Johnson | Running Back

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

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Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman spoke to one NFL scout who questioned why Miami did not win at least nine games in 2014.
The scout called attention to multiple NFL prospects, including RB Duke Johnson, WR Phillip Dorsett, LB Denzel Perryman and DE Anthony Chickillo, along with freshman QB Brad Kaaya. "They had more front-line talent than half the teams in the SEC," the evaluator said. Multiple players told Feldman they do not blame head coach Al Golden for the losses, but the question lingers. Feb 25 - 10:28 AM
Source: Fox Sports

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Miami RB Duke Johnson "a very explosive player, but durability concerns could hurt his draft stock," wrote ESPN's Todd McShay.

"He's undersized (5-9, 206), and even though he started all 13 games in 2014, he's dealt with some injuries during his Miami career," McShay wrote. "He suffered a season-ending ankle injury in 2013, has dealt with concussion-like symptoms and has a history of migraines." The 5-foot-9, 194-pound Johnson had 1,652 rushing yards on a 6.8 YPC average and 10 touchdowns in 2014, adding 38 receptions for 421 yards and three scores. He finished with 3,519 career rushing yards, passing in the record books elite Hurricane RBs such as Frank Gore, Clinton Portis, Edgerrin James, Willis McGahee and Ottis Anderson. CBS projects him as a Day 2 pick.
Feb 18 - 11:34 AM

The Miami Herald's Barry Jackson spoke with one NFC scout who believes Miami RB Duke Johnson will merely be a third down back "due to his size."

If it is only based on size, that is ridiculous. We will soon see what Johnson weighs, but he was listed at 5'9/200 lbs while with the Hurricanes. There is a major difference between "short" and "small." Also, a number of ball carriers have succeeded at that size, and smaller, on more than just passing downs.
Feb 16 - 10:30 AM

Miami RB Duke Johnson's "times in the 40 and several other drills should be impressive [at the combine]," observes NFL.com.

"Johnson is a good receiver, which adds to his value and is a reason he could be the third back selected," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin. "He has had some injury issues, and his medical report will be scrutinized." NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein compares Johnson to C.J. Spiller. "Like Spiller, Johnson has ridiculous foot quickness and lateral agility," Zierlein wrote. "He can catch the ball out of the backfield with ease. He is a very natural runner, but like Spiller, Johnson faces questions about whether he can hold up to the pounding he'll take in the NFL." The 5-foot-9, 194-pound Johnson had 1,652 rushing yards on a 6.8 YPC average and 10 touchdowns in 2014, adding 38 receptions for 421 yards and three scores. CBS projects him as a Day 2 pick.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 11 - 1:39 AM

NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein compares Miami RB Duke Johnson to C.J. Spiller.

"Like Spiller, Johnson has ridiculous foot quickness and lateral agility," Zierlein wrote. "He can catch the ball out of the backfield with ease. He is a very natural runner, but like Spiller, Johnson faces questions about whether he can hold up to the pounding he'll take in the NFL." The 5-foot-9, 194-pound Johnson had 1,652 rushing yards on a 6.8 YPC average and 10 touchdowns in 2014, adding 38 receptions for 421 yards and three scores. CBS projects him as a Day 2 pick.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 4 - 10:01 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein notes that Miami RB Duke Johnson "has lightning in his feet."

"Has hips and feet to stop and start without stalling," Zierlein wrote. "Rare ability on stretch plays to hit cutback lanes that other backs can't get to. Changes direction without breaking stride. Has second gear around the corner and can erase the angles." The 5-foot-9, 194-pound Johnson had 1,652 rushing yards on a 6.8 YPC average and 10 touchdowns in 2014, adding 38 receptions for 421 yards and three scores. He finished with 3,519 career rushing yards, passing in the record books elite Hurricane RBs such as Frank Gore, Clinton Portis, Edgerrin James, Willis McGahee and Ottis Anderson.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 3 - 11:49 PM

Miami junior RB Duke Johnson "is dynamic in space" and will compete with Nebraska's Ameer Abdullah as the "elite 'air back' in the 2015 draft," wrote CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

The 5-foot-9, 194-pound Johnson had 1,652 rushing yards on a 6.8 YPC average and 10 touchdowns in 2014, adding 38 receptions for 421 yards and three scores. "Though perhaps shorter and slighter than ideal for a traditional franchise back, Johnson proved precisely that for the Hurricanes, a program well known for producing elite runners," Rang wrote. "Johnson leaves Miami as the most productive back in school history, overtaking the likes of Frank Gore, Clinton Portis, Edgerrin James, Willis McGahee and Ottis Anderson, among others with 3,519 career rushing yards, including the 132 he ran for Saturday." On Sunday, Johnson officially declared for the 2015 NFL Draft. CBS projects him as a Day 2 pick. "Johnson is a natural runner with light feet and greasy knees which help him slither through gaps with a gait that looks almost effortless," Rang wrote.
Source: CBS Sports
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 06:33:00 PM

Miami junior RB Duke Johnson officially declared for the 2015 NFL Draft.

Of the many poorly-kept early-entry decisions, Johnson's may have been the worst. Nobody expected him to return for his senior season, and his mother revealed he would jump to the pros on Saturday. Johnson said he made his decision before the team left for the Independence Bowl, and we think it's possible his mind was made up before the season even began. The 5-foot-9, 194-pound Johnson had 1,652 rushing yards on a 6.8 YPC average and 10 touchdowns in 2014. He also chipped in as a receiver with 38 receptions for 421 yards and three scores. Johnson owns several Miami records, including most career rushing yards (3,519), career yards per carry (6.69), and career all-purpose yards (5,526 yards). He has the look of a Day 2 pick.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 12:56:00 PM

Miami junior RB Duke Johnson rushed for 132 yards on 24 carries in a 24-21 setback versus South Carolina on Saturday in the Independence Bowl.

He also had 51 receiving yards on five catches. The 5-foot-9, 194-pound Johnson had a huge final season (presumably) on campus, posting 1,652 rushing yards (6.8 YPC) and 10 touchdowns, as well as 38 receptions for 421 yards and three scores. He is expected to announce his NFL decision on Sunday, so stay tuned.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 12:03:00 PM

Sun Sentinel's Christy Cabrera Chirinos reports that Miami junior RB Duke Johnson said if the NFL Draft Advisory board advises he will likely be a second or third-round pick, that will provide motivation for him going forward.

""I won’t be disappointed at all. I don’t really expect people to have high expectations for me," Duke told the Sun Sentinel. "I always play with a chip on my shoulder whether they project me first round or the last round. If I do decide to come out, my work ethic, the way I play will show it all. I just work hard. I can’t really complain about where they project me or how they feel I will go. I’m just going to do my part and that’s working hard and playing football." The 5-foot-9, 194-pound Johnson, told the media over a week ago that it's "50/50" that he returns for his senior year. Johnson has rushed for 1,520 yards, with 10 touchdowns and a 7.0-yard per carry average, while hauling in 33 receptions for 370 yards and three scores.
Thu, Dec 18, 2014 03:41:00 PM

Miami junior RB Duke Johnson possesses "great quickness, and he runs with surprising power," said an AFC executive.

"I think this is shaping up to be a very good crop of running backs," the exec said. "A guy I really like is Duke Johnson." Earlier this year, Cincinnati coach Tommy Tuberville compared Johnson's style -- accelerating through the hole and changing direction -- to Walter Payton and Barry Sanders. The 5-foot-9, 194-pound Johnson has said it's "50-50" whether he declares for the draft. He will announce his decision on December 28th.
Source: NFL.com
Wed, Dec 17, 2014 11:24:00 PM

Miami junior RB Duke Johnson will announce on December 28th whether he’ll be returning to Miami for his senior year or declaring for the NFL Draft.

The 5-foot-9, 194-pounder, told the media over a week ago that it's "50/50" that he returns for his senior year. Johnson has rushed for 1,520 yards, with 10 touchdowns and a 7.0-yard per carry average, while hauling in 33 receptions for 370 yards and three scores. We think he's almost assuredly leaving for the pros. The Hurricanes prospect became Miami’s all-time leader in career all-purpose yards (5,343) and passed Ottis Anderson in the Hurricanes’ regular-season finale to become Miami’s all-time rushing leader with 3,387 yards.
Fri, Dec 12, 2014 04:08:00 PM

Miami junior RB Duke Johnson rushed for 89 yards on 18 carries in a 35-23 setback versus Pittsburgh on Saturday.

He added three receptions for 16 yards and a touchdown. During Miami's 6-6 regular season, Johnson accumulated 1,520 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns on a 7.0-yard per carry average, also chipping in 33 receptions for 370 yards and three scores. The 5-foot-9, 194-pounder, who has rushed for 88 yards or more in every game this year, told the media last week that it's "50/50" that he returns for his senior year. We think he's almost assuredly leaving for the pros.
Tue, Dec 2, 2014 05:37:00 PM

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.
Mon, Nov 24, 2014 07:42:00 PM

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.
Mon, Nov 24, 2014 01:24:00 AM