In my opinion, Duke Johnson is one of the most underrated and under appreciated Miami Hurricanes of all-time. He holds the school record for rushing yards in a career, but because he didn’t play at a time where the Canes were competing for championships, he isn't remembered as well as he should be.
2012 was his first season, and Johnson and the Hurricanes were in Chestnut Hill taking on Boston College in week one. Early in the second quarter and trailing, Miami’s speedy freshman turned in his first touchdown as a Cane, and turned the game around with a 54-yard run to the end zone.
Miami had been struggling against BC in that game up to that point, but Duke’s dash for six gave the Canes the momentum they needed. Johnson added a 56-yard touchdown run later in that game, and UM survived Boston with a 41-32 win.
Johnson finished 2012 with one of the most impressive seasons by a Hurricane in UM history, rushing for nearly 950 yards and 10 touchdowns, winning both ACC Rookie of the Year and Offensive Rookie of the Year awards.