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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 "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. Sun, Dec 28, 2014 06:33:00 PM
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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

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.
Sun, Nov 16, 2014 11:08:00 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
Fri, Nov 14, 2014 05:57:00 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.
Thu, Nov 13, 2014 10:59:00 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
Mon, Nov 3, 2014 06:15:00 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."
Sat, Nov 1, 2014 06:12:00 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."
Wed, Oct 29, 2014 04:19:00 PM