Duke Johnson was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Rookie of the Week Tuesday.
Johnson was one of two true freshmen to start in Miami’s 41-32 win at Boston College. He had 135 rushing yards and two touchdowns on only seven carries, posting the most yards on the ground by a UM true freshman since Javarris James ran for 148 against Houston in 2006.
Johnson scored his career-first touchdown on a 54-yard run in the second quarter and added a 56-yard score in the third quarter. He tallied a team-high 214 all-purpose yards (135 rush, 10 receiving, 69 kick return).
"He's a tremendous player. What else can you say? He had a good first outing," UM coach Al Golden said. "I think he's level headed. I think he prepared the same way today as he did last week.
"I don't follow what the other teams are doing. But I thought Duke's effort should put him in the other realm -- above the rookies. To be able to do that on the road in your first game, he should be compared to anybody in the league, not just the rookies. And I thought Ereck Flowers clearly grading out at 94 percent in your first start, taking 75 snaps is exceptional."