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02/17/15 - 2015 DRAFT SCOUT PRE-COMBINE TOP 64 DRAFT PROSPECTS: 56/5. *Duke Johnson, RB, Miami, 5-09, 206, 4.42, 2...Johnson created high expectations early when he came out of Miami Norland High as the No. 1 rated running back prospect and was being compared to the fleet Chris Johnson, who was then known for his 2,000-yard season for the Tennessee Titans (although he will be a free agent after a disappointing season with the New York Jets). Duke didn't disappoint at Miami when he finally stayed healthy last season, playing in all 13 games as he rushed for 1,652 yards and emerged as a receiving threat out of the backfield leading the league in all-purpose yards with 2,073, averaging 7.4 yards every time he touched the ball. That gave him some redemption after a 2013 season in which injuries allowed him to play only eight games, although he averaged 174.1 all-purpose yards per before an ankle injury ended his season. After his family lived out of a car for a while with his mother, Cassandra Mitchell, Johnson is driven to become a provider. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange
02/16/15 - 2015 NFL COMBINE: PROSPECTS WITH THE MOST TO GAIN OR LOSE, VERIFIED MEASUREMENTS: RB Duke Johnson, Miami (Fla.)...One of the several underclass running backs in the second-round discussion, Johnson's lean body type leads to durability concerns, holding your breath after every hit. Is his frame maxed out at 205 pounds? - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
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