Duke Johnson Preparing For The Seminoles

Source: Manny Navarro, Miami Herald

DUKE JOHNSONBefore he carried the ball a career-high 30 times and put his team on his back in the fourth quarter in last week’s win over Wake Forest, UM running back Duke Johnson was asked why he wears No. 8.

“Do you play pool?” Johnson asked the student reporter. “In pool, the eight-ball is the last man standing.”

For the seventh-ranked Hurricanes (7-0, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) to emerge as the last unbeaten standing in their conference after Saturday’s visit to Doak Campbell Stadium, they’re going to need Johnson to elevate his play yet again.

Despite rushing for 1,770 yards in his first 19 college games (6.8 yards a carry), the 5-9, 196-pound sophomore has yet to explode when the level of competition has been amped up. In four games against ranked opponents, Johnson has averaged just 2.9 yards a carry (127 yards on 44 attempts) and 32 yards a game in his career with his best effort — 21 carries for 59 yards and a touchdown — coming against Florida earlier this year.