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Duke Johnson | Running Back

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

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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. Dec 18 - 3:41 PM

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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
Dec 17 - 11:24 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.
Dec 12 - 4:08 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.
Dec 2 - 5:37 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.
Nov 24 - 7:42 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.
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