Saturday, September 1, 2012

Duke you gotta be kidding

When I sat down and planted my rear end on my living room couch Saturday too watch the Miami Hurricanes season opener vs. Boston College I had really no idea what to expect. I had a plethora of questions. How young are we? Who is gonna replace Sean Spence? And most importantly who is replacing Lamar Miller?  That third questions answer came in the Form of true freshman running back #8  Duke Johnson he had 2 back breaking Touchdowns of 54 and 56 yards. He displayed a great amount of speed and power. His ability to change direction at the drop of a dime had me thinking about all the old great Miami tailbacks who had that ability. This was hands down the BEST debut from any UM running back I have ever seen. At the end of the game his stat line looked like this.

7 carries 135 yards 19.3 yards a carry 2 Touchdowns


He was explosive and every time he touched the ball positive things happened for The “U”. He had a grimyness  too him that the whole offense seem too feed off of. When getting hit he would never immediately go down and pick up those all important extra yards you need to move the chains. On his 1st Touchdown where he ran for 54 yards he took what looked like it was going to be a 1 yard loss evaded a tackler charged up the field broke another 2 tackels accelerated with nothing but daylight and topped it off with a stiff arm for what I and the rest of canes nation hope is the 1st of many Tds for Duke. He was most definatly the best player on the field today. He was a huge part of the 41-32 Win for Miami. I’m not the only one who is taking notice of the freshman though. Lebron James Tweeted “Duke Johnson the truth out there for the u! True Freshman #SpeedKills” . Not even one game and the reigning finals MVP is a fan of the kid. Longtime Um supporter and former Rap artist Luther Campbell tweeted in plain English “Duke Johnson will be the greatest Running back in UM history” . That’s a bold statement especially when you think of all the great former running backs in the programs history. Clinton Portis, Willis Mcgahee, Edgerrin James, Frank Gore, Lamar Miller That’s a lot too live up too and overcome. I honestly believe though that as long as his head is on straight he has a great chance too join all those great names.

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