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The Hurricanes lost their top RB against the Seminoles.
Miami running back Duke Johnson was a key centerpiece of the offense against Florida State, rushing for 97 yards on 23 attempts. But the sophomore back suffered an ankle injury late in the game and is expected to miss the rest of the regular season.
Johnson is clearly one of the ACC’s top running backs and was on pace to shatter last year’s total of 947 yards. Prior to Saturday’s game at Florida State, the sophomore rushed for 823 yards and six touchdowns on 122 attempts.
With Johnson out, Miami will turn to backup Dallas Crawford and Gus Edwards. Crawford had 291 yards before the matchup against the Seminoles.
Crawford and Edwards are a capable duo, but there’s a clear drop off in talent without Johnson lining up in the backfield.
Miami provided no update on Johnson’s status for next week, but media reports indicated the sophomore is done for the year:
Source close to situation tells Miami Herald that #UM RB Duke Johnson has broken his ankle and is out for the season. Surgery next week.— Susan Miller Degnan (@smillerdegnan) November 3, 2013
Apparently Duke Johnson broke his ankle on that third-quarter run and is out for the season. Awful news.— Corey Clark/TDO.com (@Corey_Clark) November 3, 2013