Duke Johnson

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Duke Johnson
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Johnson with the Cleveland Browns in 2016
No. 29 Cleveland Browns
Position: Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1993-09-23) September 23, 1993 (age 23)
Place of birth: Miami, Florida
Height: 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight: 210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school: Miami Gardens (FL) Miami Norland
College: Miami (FL)
NFL Draft: 2015 / Round: 3 / Pick: 77
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2016
Rushing attempts: 177
Rushing yards: 737
Rushing average: 4.2
Receptions: 114
Receiving yards: 1,048
Total touchdowns: 3
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Randy "Duke" Johnson Jr. (born September 23, 1993) is an American football running back for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Browns in the third round (77th overall) of the 2015 NFL draft. He played college football at Miami (FL).

Early years[edit]

Johnson attended Miami Norland Senior High School in Miami Gardens, Florida, where he played football and ran track. He was coached by Daryle Heidelberg. As a sophomore, Johnson ran for 1,540 yards and 25 touchdowns. In his junior year, he led Norland to a 13–2 record and state runner-up. After beating the Sammy Watkins-led South Fort Myers 44–28 in the semifinals,[1] Norland lost 44–34 to the unbeaten Tampa Jefferson in the class 3A final.[2] During his senior year, Johnson compiled 1,957 rushing yards and 29 touchdowns, 14 receptions for 232 receiving yards and three touchdowns, three kickoff returns and one punt return for scores, as he led Miami Norland to 15–0 finish and state Class 5A championship. In the championship game against Wakulla, he scored five touchdowns.[3]

He was also on the school's track & field team, where he was a standout sprinter and long jumper. He placed 5th in the long jump event at the 2010 GMAC Qualifiers, with a jump of 6.60 meters.[4] In 2011, he placed 4th in the 100 meters at the 3rd Annual Miramar Invitational, recording a career-best time of 10.62 seconds.[5] He finished 3rd in the 200 meters at the FHSAA 3A District 16, with a time of 22.31 seconds.[6]

He was considered the best all-purpose running back recruit by Rivals.com.[7]

College career[edit]

In his freshman season, Johnson rushed for 947 yards on 139 carries with ten touchdowns and caught 27 passes for 221 yards and one touchdown. He also threw an additional touchdown during a game against Virginia. He also played a major role on special teams, where he returned 28 kicks for two scores.[8][9] In 2012, Duke Johnson won both the ACC Rookie of the Year and Offensive Rookie of the Year awards. He is the first Miami Hurricane to win both awards. In 2013, Duke Johnson joined the Miami indoor track team, posting a personal-best time of 6.92 seconds in the 60 meters at New Mexico Classic. Johnson's sophomore campaign with the Hurricane's football team came to an abrupt end November 2, 2013, when he broke his ankle against arch-rival Florida State.[10] Miami lost that game 41–14.[11] Through eight games, Johnson rushed for 920 yards on 145 carries, with six touchdowns. He also had four catches for 77 yards.[9] Johnson returned from the injury his junior season in 2014 to play in all 13 games. During the season, he passed Ottis Anderson to become the Hurricanes' all-time rushing yards leader.[12] He ended the year with 1,652 yards and 10 touchdowns.

After his junior season, Johnson declared for the 2015 NFL Draft.[13] He finished his college career with 3,519 rushing yards on 526 carries with 26 touchdowns, and had 69 receptions for 719 yards and four touchdowns.

Career statistics
NCAA Collegiate Career statistics
Miami Hurricanes
Rushing Receiving
Year Team Att Yds Avg Lng TD Rec Yds Avg TD
2012 Miami 139 947 6.8 65 10 27 221 8.2 1
2013 Miami 145 920 6.3 59 6 4 77 19.3 0
2014 Miami 242 1,652 6.8 90 10 38 421 11.1 3
Career 526 3,519 6.7 90 26 69 719 10.4 4

Professional career[edit]

On May 1, 2015, Johnson was selected by the Cleveland Browns with the 77th pick of the 2015 NFL draft.[14] He signed a four-year contract with the Browns on June 16, 2015, with the Cleveland Plain Dealer estimating the value of his contract at $3.184 million.[15]

2015 season[edit]

Johnson suffered a hamstring injury on August 1, the first day of the Browns' training camp.[16] He sat out the next 10 days, and the team said he would not play in the first preseason game against the Washington Redskins at FirstEnergy Stadium on August 13.[17] During Johnson's first pre-season appearance, he was diagnosed with a concussion and was removed from the game.[18] On September 13, 2015, Johnson made his NFL debut, running for 22 yards on 7 carries against the New York Jets.[19] On October 4, 2015, Johnson caught 9 passes for a career-high 85 yards and his first touchdown of his career.[20] Johnson caught a 34-yard touchdown.[21] On October 25, 2015, Johnson caught 7 passes for 73 yards against the St. Louis Rams.[22] On November 1, 2015, Johnson recorded a 52-yards reception against the Arizona Cardinals.[23] On November 5, 2015, Johnson scored his second touchdown of his career against the Cincinnati Bengals, a 12-yard reception.[24] On December 13, 2015, Johnson ran for 78 yards on 13 carries against the San Francisco 49ers.[25] On December 20, 2015, Johnson ran for a 39-yard gain against the Seattle Seahawks.[26] Johnson caught a pass for 22 yards.[27] Johnson finished the 2015 season with 379 rushing yards on 104 carries and 534 receiving yards on 61 receptions and two touchdowns.[28] Johnson's 61 receptions are the 2nd-most by a Browns rookie, tied with wide receiver Greg Little.[29] Among rookies, Johnson was ranked 12th in rushing yards and was 1 of 12 running backs to break 300 yards.[30] Among rookies, Johnson ranked 1st in receptions and receiving yards among rookie running backs and 2nd in receptions overall, just under Oakland Raiders' Amari Cooper.[31] Johnson was ranked 6th overall among rookies in receiving yards and was 1 of 6 rookies to break 500 yards receiving.[32]

2016 season[edit]

On September 18, 2016, Johnson recorded a 28-yard reception against the Baltimore Ravens.[33] On September 25, 2016, Johnson ran for 69 yards on 10 carries against the Miami Dolphins.[34] On October 16, 2016, Johnson scored his first rushing touchdown against the Tennessee Titans.[35] On October 30, 2016, Johnson caught 6 passes for a season-high 87 yards against the New York Jets.[36] Johnson recorded a 32-yard reception.[37]

Johnson finished the season 358 yards rushing and 514 yards receiving on 126 touches. His 6.9 yards per touch ranked him third among NFL running backs.[38]


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  2. ^ "Tampa Jefferson wins first state title, beating Miami Norland 44-34 in the Class 3A football final". Orlando Sentinel. December 17, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Miami Norland captures 5A state football title over Crawfordville Wakulla". Orlando Sentinel. December 16, 2011. 
  4. ^ http://fl.milesplit.com/meets/64307/results/117117
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  6. ^ http://fl.milesplit.com/meets/85790/results/156120
  7. ^ Rivals.com
  8. ^ "NCAA DIVISION I FOOTBALL Miami(FL)-2012-Duke Johnson-8-RB-FR". web1.ncaa.org. Retrieved 2016-11-14. 
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  10. ^ Navarro, Manny (2013-11-03). "Duke Johnson out for the season with broken ankle source says | Eye on the U". Retrieved 2016-11-14. 
  11. ^ Degnan, Susan Miller. "Florida State sinks Miami Hurricanes behind dominant second half". miamiherald. Retrieved 2016-11-14. 
  12. ^ Cabrera Chirinos, Christy (2014-11-30). "Duke Johnson becomes UM all-time leading rusher". Sun-Sentinel.com. Retrieved 2016-11-14. 
  13. ^ Fortuna, Matt (2014-12-28). "RB Johnson leaving Miami, will enter draft". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2016-11-14. 
  14. ^ Jones, Michael. "Duke Johnson drafted by Browns in 3rd round". SBNation.com. Retrieved 2016-11-14. 
  15. ^ Cabot, Mary Kay (June 16, 2015). "Cleveland Browns sign 3rd-round back Duke Johnson, the last of their 12 picks to sign". Cleveland Plain Dealer. Retrieved June 18, 2015. 
  16. ^ Cabot, Mary Kay (August 1, 2015). "Browns RBs Duke Johnson and Terrance West could miss a little time with hamstring and calf injuries". Cleveland Plain Dealer. Retrieved August 11, 2015. 
  17. ^ Cabot, Mary Kay (August 11, 2015). "Browns' Terrelle Pryor, Dwayne Bowe and Duke Johnson all ruled out of Redskins game with hamstrings". Cleveland Plain Dealer. Retrieved August 11, 2015. 
  18. ^ Gribble, Andrew (August 30, 2015). "Browns have more to learn about RBs in final week of preseason". ClevelandBrowns.com. 
  19. ^ Gribble, Andrew (2015-09-14). "Browns know running game has to be better vs. Titans". Retrieved 2016-11-14. 
  20. ^ Murphy, Dan (2015-10-04). "Stats and Facts: Browns vs. Chargers". Retrieved 2016-11-14. 
  21. ^ NFL (2015-10-04), Duke Johnson Grabs a 34-Yard TD from McCown | Browns vs. Chargers | NFL, retrieved 2016-11-14 
  22. ^ Smith, Peter (2015-10-25). "Cleveland Browns: Beginning of the End for Isaiah Crowell?". NFL Spin Zone. Retrieved 2016-11-14. 
  23. ^ Gribble, Andrew (2015-11-01). "Final: Arizona uses 2nd-half surge to down Browns". Retrieved 2016-11-14. 
  24. ^ NFL (2015-11-05), Johnny Manziel Scrambles & Finds Duke Johnson for the TD! | Browns vs. Bengals | NFL, retrieved 2016-11-14 
  25. ^ "Stats and Facts: Browns vs. 49ers". Retrieved 2016-11-14. 
  26. ^ "Duke Johnson breaks free for 39 yards". Retrieved 2016-11-14. 
  27. ^ "Browns Duke Johnson Jr. hurdles over defender, gains 22 yards". NFL.com. Retrieved 2016-11-14. 
  28. ^ "Duke Johnson Jr.-NFL-2015-Game Log". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2016-11-14. 
  29. ^ "Stats and Facts: Browns vs. Steelers". Retrieved 2016-11-14. 
  30. ^ "NFL Stats: Rushing-2015-Regular Season-Rookie-Rushing Yards". www.nfl.com. Retrieved 2016-11-14. 
  31. ^ "NFL Stats: Receiving-2015-Regular Season-Rookie-Receptions". www.nfl.com. Retrieved 2016-11-14. 
  32. ^ "NFL Stats: Receiving-2015-Regular Season-Rookie-Receiving Yards". www.nfl.com. Retrieved 2016-11-14. 
  33. ^ NFL (2016-09-18), Duke Johnson Jr.'s Big Gain Sets Up Corey Coleman's TD! | Ravens vs. Browns | NFL, retrieved 2016-11-14 
  34. ^ "Browns' Duke Johnson: Picks up 81 yards in loss to Miami". CBSSports.com. Retrieved 2016-11-14. 
  35. ^ "Duke Johnson rushes up the middle for 1-yard TD". Retrieved 2016-11-14. 
  36. ^ "Browns' Duke Johnson: Hauls in six catches Sunday". CBSSports.com. Retrieved 2016-11-14. 
  37. ^ "Josh McCown finds Duke Johnson for 32-yard gain". Retrieved 2016-11-14. 
  38. ^ "Duke Johnson Advanced Stats and Metrics Profile". PlayerProfiler.com. 

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