Miami powered its way to 208 rushing yards in Saturday's 41-32 win over Boston College. The focal point of that rushing attack came from freshman Duke Johnson who rushed for 135 yards and two touchdowns on just seven carries.
SB Nation Hurricanes blog The 7th Floor saw some good and bad things in Saturday's win but Johnson's performance was one of the highlights.
Welcome to Duke Johnson, America. Yeah, I meant to write it like that, because it's hard to remember a young player having such an incredible impact in his first game. Or a player that makes you giggle like a school girl when you think about having him for at least the next 3 seasons (at least I did on my bar stool next to a group of Gator fans....and the Gator fans even were outwardly impressed with the performance). Duke went for 135 of Miami's 208 rushing yards on only 7 stinking carries with a pair of long touchdowns. He even gave those allegedly superior BC linebackers a head start on his first TD run, stumbling out of the backfield, but finding his legs and using them to fly past everyone to the end zone.
Johnson is listed at 5-foot-9, 183 pounds and had touchdown runs of 54 and 56-yards against the Eagles. Senior Mike James received the bulk of Miami's carries on the ground but with performances like Saturday, Johnson will get more looks as the season progresses.