Duke Johnson Builds Heisman Case with Performance vs. South Florida
He may not be a frontrunner, but Duke Johnson is slowly making his own case for the Heisman trophy so far.
The Miami Hurricanes are winning rather easily against the South Florida Bulls, leading 35-7 at the half. Johnson has been a playmaker as always, already running for 79 yards and a touchdown on just 13 carries.
It seems like all Johnson does is find ways to score. He's had a rushing touchdown in all four games this season, running for 304 yards prior to this game. He's been big in the return game as well, putting up 151 yards on just four kick returns, with the longest going 95 yards.
Johnson will likely get even more carries as this game goes on, especially with Stephen Morris out for the rest of the game with an ankle sprain. That means likely about 10-15 more carries in the second half, and that means more chances that he breaks open a big run.
It's still an uphill battle for Johnson if he wants to be in the Heisman race. Players like Marcus Mariota, Johnny Manziel and Melvin Gordon have been much more productive during the beginning of the season. Gordon, who is the running back for Wisconsin, has already ran for 624 yards and seven touchdowns in four games.
Still, Johnson keeps having consistent performances, and if he consistently continues to be a highly productive player for the Hurricanes, he should at least be in the discussion for the Heisman award as the season continues.
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