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12/30/14 - Miami RB Duke Johnson will enter 2015 NFL Draft...Miami running back Duke Johnson will enter the 2015 NFL Draft. His mother, Cassandra Mitchell, first confirmed the news to the Palm Beach Post on Saturday at the Independence Bowl. Johnson, a junior, previously said that he would announce his intentions for 2015 on Dec. 28, the day after playing South Carolina and is also his mother's birthday. “I think looking at the list and the guys I've passed is an accomplishment in and of itself,” Johnson said. “I'm very grateful to have [had] an opportunity to return kicks, catch the ball out of the backfield and run the ball where I can get up above all these great UM players who came before me.
“The biggest thing with me is leaving something with my young guys, leaving something with my running backs – Joseph Yearby, Gus Edwards, Trayone Gray and Walter Tucker - to where they can see what it takes and what needs to be done to be great.” Johnson is Miami's all-time leader in rushing yards and all-purpose yards and he tied Clinton Portis and Edgerrin James for the most 100-yard games (14) in Canes program history after ending his career with a 132-yard performance against South Carolina. - Chip Patterson, CBSSports.com
11/03/14 - Duke Johnson went over the 3,000-yard mark for his career and scored three times despite getting most of the second half off, Brad Kaaya threw three touchdown passes and Miami rolled past North Carolina 47-20 on Saturday. Johnson had a 90-yard touchdown run - tying the Miami record for longest rush from scrimmage - and finished with 177 yards on 19 carries for the Hurricanes (6-3, 3-2 Atlantic Coast Conference). His 1-yard scoring run opened the scoring, and he turned a middle screen into a 37-yard TD catch in the third quarter. Kaaya completed 11 of 17 passes for 189 yards, and now has 20 touchdown passes in his freshman season. Clive Walford had two touchdown grabs, the first Miami tight end to do so since Greg Olsen in 2005.
Quarterback Marquise Williams had a pair of touchdown runs and Cayson Collins returned a fumble 39 yards for a score for North Carolina (4-5, 2-3). It was over by halftime, with Miami up 30-6 and leading 322-57 in total yards - dominating defensive numbers against a team that had topped the 35-point mark five times in its first eight games this season. The Hurricanes paid homage to their past, putting Russell Maryland and Jerome Brown in the team's Ring of Honor and honoring Jim Kelly as the headline attraction of their homecoming weekend. "Now we're on the right track to making sure we turn The U program around right here today by beating North Carolina," Kelly told the crowd at halftime. "This is the year we turn the whole thing around." - AP Sports
10/28/14 - OCT 27 ACC OFFENSIVE BACK OF THE WEEK: Duke Johnson, Miami, Jr., RB, 5-9, 206, Miami, Fla.,...Johnson rushed for a career-high 249 yards on 29 carries to lead the Hurricanes to a 30-6 victory over Virginia Tech on ESPN’s Thursday Night Football. Johnson became the first Miami running back to surpass 200 yards rushing in a game since Willis McGahee did so against Virginia Tech in 2002, and just the fourth player in school history overall. Johnson’s 249 yards rushing were the second-most ever in a single game by a Hurricane and moved him past the 1,000-yard milestone for the season. In addition, Johnson caught his first touchdown pass of the year and led the team with 37 receiving yards. - ACC football
10/25/14 - Virginia Tech didn't face Duke Johnson when it played Miami last season. The Hokies would be happy to never see him again, either. Johnson ran for 249 yards and scored two touchdowns, and Miami raced to a 24-0 halftime lead, then took the ball away on the Hokies' first three possessions after halftime to prevent a comeback in a 30-6 victory Thursday night. "I thought that was one of the better running backs, maybe the best that we've ever tried to tackle," Hokies coach Frank Beamer said about Johnson, who had 29 times. Beamer later called Johnson the best back he's seen in "forever." The Hurricanes (5-3, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) outgained Virginia Tech 255-36 in the first half in taking the 24-0 lead, then stymied the Hokies' hopes of coming back by forcing fumbles on three consecutive drives. The first takeaway came after an impressive march to Miami's 1 as Deon Bush stripped Marshawn Williams and made the recovery, too.
Miami's victory came after a 55-34 romp against Cincinnati in its last game, and came as Johnson topped the 100-yard mark for the fourth game in a row. The two might go hand in hand, center Shane McDermott said. "We executed when we needed to execute, and we have Duke Johnson in the backfield," he said. "When he shines like that, it makes us look very good." Johnson, who missed the game against the Hokies last season with a broken right ankle, made it look easy. "It was amazing. Green grass in front of me," he said. - AP Sports
10/25/14 - University of Miami junior running back Duke Johnson broke off a couple of big runs in the first quarter Thursday night and knew something big was in store. "You kind of felt it was going to be a good night," Johnson said. His premonition was right. The lightning-fast Johnson rushed for career-high 249 yards and scored two touchdowns, leading Miami to a 30-6 blowout of Virginia Tech at Lane Stadium. The Hurricanes (5-3, 2-2) picked up a critical Atlantic Coast Conference victory, as they are trying to keep pace in the wide-open Coastal Division. Meanwhile, the Hokies (4-4, 1-3) severely debilitated their division title hopes with their third loss to a division opponent. "You can't expect things to magically turn around, but we'll get it right," Hokies defensive tackle Corey Marshall said. Johnson became the first player to rush for more than 200 yards against the Hokies since North Carolina's Giovani Bernard gained 262 yards in a 2012 game. Johnson, who had 29 carries, is the first Miami player to eclipse the 200-yard mark since Willis McGahee had 205 against the Hokies in 2002.
"When Duke Johnson is in the backfield, he's going to make the plays," Hurricanes senior center Shane McDermott said. Hurricanes sophomore running back Gus Edwards rushed for 115 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries. Miami amassed 364 yards on 53 attempts, the highest rushing output allowed by the Hokies in Frank Beamer's 28 seasons as head coach. Miami's defense narrowly missed pitching its first shutout since a 45-0 win over Florida A&M on Sept. 2, 2010, giving up a touchdown in the final minutes. The Hurricanes held the Hokies to 262 total yards, Virginia Tech's lowest total since gaining 212 against Alabama in the 2013 season opener. Virginia Tech sustained its worst home loss since a 41-7 setback to Florida State in 1989, Beamer's third season as head coach. - The Sports Xchange