Heisman Hopeful: Duke Johnson

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“It’s all about da U”! The Miami Hurricanes who return 19 out of 22 starters next year are primed for a return to glory in 2013. The Hurricanes had one of the youngest and most explosive offenses in the conference last year. Leading the offense was Atlantic Coast Conference rookie of the year Duke Johnson. The local Miami star running back was the brightest spot for the hurricanes last year and is on our Heisman watch list. Personally he is my front-runner for 2013.  

This freshman phenom scored touchdowns on kick offs, rushes, receiving, and even throwing a touchdown! Who else in the world of college football could claim such a thing last year?!

Duke Johnson Stats

Rushing
Attempts: 139
Yards: 957
Average: 6.9
Touchdowns: 10

Receiving
Receptions: 27
Yards: 221
Average: 8.2
Touchdowns: 1

Passing
Completion: 1
Attempt: 2
Yards: 8
Touchdown: 1

Kickoffs
Returns: 28
Yards: 892
Average: 31.9
Touchdowns: 2

All purpose yards: 2078

Duke Johnson had an amazing year in 2012 and just like the Miami team in general and they will be a lot better in 2013 just by the experience they have gained. One off-season for the Duke will give him a lot of improvement since his freshman year just showed his raw ability. New offensive coordinator James Coley will help to utilize Johnson’s ability with his vertical offensive play calling this year. The Duke will have two games against rival teams to put him on the Heisman stage, one against Florida State and the other early in the season against The Florida Gators. Not to mention the nation will be watching him in his last game against the Pitt Panthers as they play on a Friday night, a chance to impress voters. The ACC does not necessarily have stellar defenses so he should rack up the stats again like last year. If he has his share of Heisman moments against FSU, UF, and PITT watch out Johnny Football you might have some competition! Also it might help if the Hurricanes as a team can reach around 10 wins as the voters love someone from a big winning team.

SOURCES
ESPN Duke Johnson Stats