Lamar Miller Leaving Miami for the NFL: What Are the Canes RB Options for 2012?

Johnathan CaceCorrespondent IDecember 13, 2011

COLLEGE PARK, MD - SEPTEMBER 05: Quarterback Stephen Morris #17 of the Miami Hurricanes hands the ball off to running back Mike James #5 during the first half against the Maryland Terrapins at Byrd Stadium on September 5, 2011 in College Park, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Miami running back Lamar Miller has decided to cut his college career short and put his name into the NFL Draft. He is the third underclassman on the roster to declare early for the draft after receiver Tommy Streeter and defensive lineman Marcus Forston.

More Hurricanes are expected to leave early and the outlook for the team’s 2012 season continues to get bleak.

So who will be the next guy leading the rushing attack?

Signs currently point to junior Mike James. He was the second leading rusher on the team behind Miller, but his yards per carry average had a major drop off from last year, going from 5.7 to only 3.8. His touchdown total went up, though, from three to seven and he was more productive in the passing game.

Storm Johnson would have been competing for carries this season, but he opted to transfer to Central Florida rather than wait. Eduardo Clements and Maurice Hagens are the two other running backs that rushed the ball this season for a combined 103 yards and a touchdown.

One guy has people really excited and he isn’t even on the team yet. Randy “Duke” Johnson has been incredibly productive throughout his high school career and is a consensus top-50 player in the country.

You can check out his highlight tape below.

The only problem is that he is 5’9” and 170 pounds. If he can adapt quickly to the college game, expect him and 222-pound Mike James to be the guys carrying the rock for Miami in 2012.