Duke Johnson wins ACC Rookie of the Year

Joel Auerbach

Miami running back Duke Johnson was named the ACC's Rookie of the Year by members of the conference media.

Miami Hurricanes running back Duke Johnson has been named the ACC Rookie of the Year by ACC media, according to College Football Talk. Johnson, a freshman and Miami native, rushed for 947 yards and 10 touchdowns on only 139 attempts (good for a robust 6.8 yards per carry average), breaking Clinton Portis' school record for rushing yards by a freshman. He also caught 27 passes for 221 yards and a touchdown. Johnson also returned two kickoffs for scores, and averaged 33 yards per kick return. And if that wasn't enough, he also threw for a touchdown pass.

Johnson beat out Maryland's Stefon Diggs for the award. Of the 46 voters, 34 voted for Johnson, and 11 voted for Diggs. He's the first Hurricane to win the award since they joined the ACC. Florida State's Ronald Darby was named the league's Defensive Rookie of the Year.

The Hurricanes finished the season a surprising 7-5, but will not be going to a bowl game due to a self-imposed postseason ban.

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