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Duke Johnson named ACC Rookie of the Week

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."

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