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Golden wants Duke to get more touches this year.
Johnson put together an excellent 2012 campaign, but he—bear with me—could actually have had a better season. Absolutely, the 2,060 all-purpose yards was a phenomenal accomplishment, and the feat should not be overlooked at all.
But Johnson's game log reveals a stunning fact.
After his "Hey guys, I'm here!" moment against Boston College, Johnson managed 320 yards over the next seven games, or just 45.7 yards per contest. This stretch included Kansas State (19 yards), North Carolina State (39), Notre Dame (22) and Florida State (27).
Granted, Johnson was not receiving anywhere near a full complement of carries.
But that's the point.
In a limited role (139 carries), Johnson racked up 947 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns along with his 892 return yards and two scores. For comparison's sake, Georgia's starting running back, Todd Gurley, carried the ball 222 times, so Johnson is due many more carries and—consequently—more yards this season.
Despite taking over the starting position for the 2013 season, he will continue to return kicks, according to his coach. Susan Miller Degnan of The Miami Herald notes Golden said, "For us to say we’re not going to have Randy return kicks, then he’s not Randy Johnson."
Additionally, Miami's top six offensive linemen from a season ago will once again lead the way for the backfield. Miami averaged a simply mediocre 144.8 rushing yards per game in 2012, but Johnson will help raise that number this year.
Between Duke's production at running back and as a returner, he can make a serious run, behind the Hurricanes' massive offensive line, at the Heisman.