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Miami Hurricanes: Davon Johnson Shines in Comeback Win over Georgia Tech

Davon Johnson came up huge for the Hurricanes on Saturday.
Davon Johnson came up huge for the Hurricanes on Saturday.Kevin Liles-USA TODAY Sports
David KenyonFeatured Columnist IVDecember 13, 2016

Here is the shocking revelation of the day—sometimes the Internet lies.

If you look at Davon Johnson's profile on the University of Miami's official athletics website, the redshirt senior is listed as a Defensive Back.

If you check out Saturday's box score for the Hurricanes against ACC Coastal opponent Georgia Tech, something seems amiss.

Simply put, the defensive back turned wide receiver delivered when his team needed him the most. Not only did Johnson eclipse his career mark of five catches with seven against the Yellow Jackets, he had something special to give the young Miami team.

Starting receiver Allen Hurns sat out of the game due to a concussion and true freshman Malcolm Lewis went down with a horrific ankle injury in the first quarter.

Down 36-29 with two minutes to go in the fourth quarter, someone had to step up for the Hurricanes. Davon Johnson burst into the spotlight like he had done it a hundred times before.

Miami quarterback Stephen Morris connected with Johnson on the first four plays of the drive for 50 yards and three first downs. The duo quickly moved the Hurricanes into Georgia Tech territory setting up Mike James' third touchdown of the game with under 40 seconds remaining.

The plays called by offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch were not fancy.

The first two plays were simple out-routes. The next two were the same slant route that each resulted in nineteen yard gains.

The state champion from Booker T. Washington High School finished the game with seven catches for 107 yards—not too bad for someone who primarily saw action on special teams for the last two seasons.

Davon Johnson did what he was coached to do. "The Process" is starting to take shape. But maybe this wasn't just a one-time achievement. Maybe Johnson will pull a Tommy Streeter- practically invisible for three seasons but has a phenomenal senior campaign.

What if the defining win thus far in Al Golden's tenure at The U is the springboard to a breakout season for Johnson?

I don't believe one Miami Hurricanes' fan would complain.

I know I wouldn't.

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