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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 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

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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

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

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