Nov 17, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Hurricanes running back Duke Johnson (8) is tackled by South Florida Bulls cornerback George Baker (22) during the second half at Sun Life Stadium. Miami won 40-9. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Release: Hurricanes RB Duke Johnson Named Preseason All-America

On Wednesday, Phil Steele named Freshman All-American Duke Johnson Preseason All-America Third Team.

***University of Miami Release***

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - 2012 ACC Rookie of the Year and Freshman All-America performer Duke Johnson was named to Phil Steele’s Preseason All-America Third Team announced Wednesday.

Johnson was named to the third team as a running back.  Last week, Johnson was tabbed first-team Preseason All-ACC as both a running back and lick returner by Phil Steele.

The Miami product enjoyed one of the greatest freshman seasons in Hurricanes history in 2012, amassing 2,060 all-purpose yards and 13 TDs, while breaking Clinton Portis’ 13-year old school freshman rushing record with 947 yards.  His 892 kick return yards were a single-season record, while also tying the school single-season mark with two kick returns for touchdowns.

For his stellar freshman season, Johnson was named a first-team Freshman All-America selection as a kick returner and a second-team selection as a running back by Phil Steele.


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