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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

Miami junior OT Ereck Flowers underwent a surgical procedure on his knee on Wednesday.

It's uncertain how long Flowers will be out of duty for the Hurricanes. Head coach Al Golden didn't have an update on Flowers' status beyond "as soon as we get information, we'll get it to you." He'll almost certainly miss Saturday's tilt against North Carolina and it remains to be seen if the tackle will return this season. Jon Feliciano is expected to start in his place for as long as he's out. In his time starting (he has started all seven games this season), Flowers has impressed NFL scouts with his base strength. As CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes, "another year at the college level could elevate his draft projection" for the 2016 NFL Draft, as Flowers still needs to improve in his "hand use, patience and overall timing."
Oct 29 - 4:14 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes Miami junior OT Ereck Flowers' knee injury could force him to return for his senior campaign.

Flowers' season is in jeopardy after he suffered a knee injury Thursday against Virginia Tech. He will definitely miss Saturday's contest against North Carolina, but HC Al Golden said his status wouldn't be updated until tests were conducted on Wednesday. "He had started 21 consecutive games at left tackle and impressed NFL scouts with his broad shoulders, long wingspan and ideal frame for the position along with the base strength and feet to mirror pass rushers," Brugler wrote. "Flowers does have areas to improve, including his hand use, patience and overall timing, so another year at the college level could elevate his draft projection even more for the 2016 NFL Draft."
Source: CBS Sports
Oct 28 - 10:37 PM

Miami junior OT Ereck Flowers will miss Saturday's contest against North Carolina due to a knee injury, and could potentially be out for the remainder of the year, reports the Miami Herald.

We haven't heard confirmation from the team, but the Herald sites "a source familiar with the situation" in its report. Flowers was injured late in Thursday's win at Virginia Tech. If Flowers, a projected first-round pick in the spring, is out for the season, it'll be a devastating injury for both the prospect and the team. Already this year, the Hurricanes have lost their three best offensive tackles to injury. In Thursday's game, senior Jonathan Feliciano shifted to left tackle to cover for Flowers, while freshman Trevor Darling took over for Feliciano at right tackle. It's safe to assume that alignment will remain as long as Flowers is out.
Oct 28 - 5:33 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

After struggling to begin Thursday's contest against Virginia Tech, Miami junior Ereck Flowers "performed well, showing quickness and balance getting to the second level when run blocking," wrote CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"Flowers initially struggled with Virginia Tech's undersized front, allowing defensive ends to cross him inside and trip up Miami's backs in pursuit," Rang wrote. "He also appeared to struggle a bit with the noise coming out from the Blacksburg crowd, getting a late start on a third down in the first quarter that resulted in an early forced incompletion by [QB Brad] Kaaya." After that, the 6-foot-5, 322-pound Flowers displayed his supreme athleticism. Flowers is Miami's best pro prospect and a potential first-round pick.
Source: CBS Sports
Oct 26 - 3:54 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang observed that Miami sophomore RB Gus Edwards "shows impressive acceleration."

The 6-foot-2, 230-pound sophomore got more playing time than usual on Thursday against Virginia Tech, as Miami won a blowout and star starter Duke Johnson twisted his ankle and left early. Edwards finished with 115 yards and two scores. "Rather than slashing through Virginia Tech, Edwards rumbled, driving through would-be tacklers and showing good patience to allow weary Hokies to slip by him," Rang wrote.
Source: CBS Sports
Oct 26 - 3:40 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

ESPN's Kevin Weidl notes that Miami junior Ereck Flowers "has a massive frame with extremely long arms," and "has an edge to his game."

The 6-foot-5, 322-pound Flowers "showed impressive inline power in the first half" in Miami's game against Virginia Tech, Weidl mentioned in another tweet. Weidl noted Flowers "steady movement" and his ability to finish "when given the opportunity."
Oct 24 - 3:00 PM

Miami junior Ereck Flowers shows "quickness and balance getting to the second level when run blocking," according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"Left tackle Ereck Flowers entered the game projected as Miami's top NFL prospect and a potential first-round pick. After some initial struggles, he performed well, showing quickness and balance getting to the second level when run blocking," Rang wrote. Rang adds that the Hurricane prospect "initially struggled with Virginia Tech's undersized front, allowing defensive ends to cross him inside and trip up Miami's backs in pursuit."
Source: CBS Sports
Oct 24 - 2:24 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

ESPN's Steve Muench thinks that Miami redshirt senior TE Clive Walford's "lack of ideal top-end speed stands out on tape, and he's not much of a threat to get behind the defense."

"However, he knows how to get open underneath," Muench wrote. "He is quicker than fast and flashes good suddenness as a route runner, plus he has the heavy hands to create separation with his upper body without having to extend and risk getting flagged for offensive pass interference." Walford, who has posted 23 catches for 306 yards and four touchdowns, should post career numbers across the board during his senior campaign. "While Walford's ball skills are a touch inconsistent, he has the long arms and big hands to snatch passes thrown outside of his frame," Muench wrote. "He showed the ability to make plays working against tight coverage and over the middle against Nebraska this year. Finally, there's a lot to like about his edge. He's a competitive blocker, he runs hard after the catch and he can get under the skin of defenders."
Oct 22 - 5:33 PM

The Orlando Sentinel reports that Miami HC Al Golden announced that sophomore T Taylor Gadbois right knee injury is "season ending."

The 6-foot-8, 316-pound Gadbois injured his knee in the Hurricanes’ 22-10 win over Duke on September 27th. The Hurricanes will now look to Senior Jon Feliciano to take over at the right tackle spot.
Oct 20 - 2:22 PM


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