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Hurricanes' Duke Johnson wins coaches' ACC Rookie of the Year award

Miami freshman running back Duke Johnson was the top first-year player in the ACC in 2012, according to the league's coaches.

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One big bright spot for the rebuilding Miami Hurricanes in 2012 was honored again for a breakout freshman season on Wednesday, when running back Duke Johnson was named by ACC coaches as the league's offensive rookie of the year. The running back adds the coaches' award to the same honor he received from the media last week. (via the Sun-Sentinel)

Johnson was stellar in his first collegiate season, rushing for 947 yards on 137 carries (an average more than 6.8 yards per carry) and 10 touchdowns. He was also solid catching passes out of the backfield, adding 27 receptions for 221 yards and a touchdown. He was the only member of the team to make the first or second-team All-ACC.

Miami's Eddie Johnson finished second in the defensive rookie of the voting, while head coach Al Golden received one vote for coach of the year. The Hurricanes finished 7-5 on the season.

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