Miami coach Al Golden delivered some good news for the Hurricanes, saying freshman running back Duke Johnson was able to practice Wednesday -- the first time Miami went onto the practice field since its loss to Florida State.
Johnson sustained an undisclosed injury in the second half against the Seminoles last Saturday, but Golden said on the ACC coaches call that X-rays were negative. Johnson had previously been dealing with a toe injury.
"He practiced today," Golden said. "Was he 100 percent? No, but he was over 90 -- enough to practice."
Quarterback Stephen Morris was also able to practice. Morris played against the Seminoles with a sprained ankle but is well on the road to recovery.
"He’s doing better," Golden said. "Sunday, Monday, Tuesday helped him a lot. It’s not like we’re asking him to run the ball a lot or scramble today. He did fine, and I just think the combination of those three days and another day Friday and then fairly light practice Saturday should get us to where we want to be for game week."
Miami is going to need the best out of Johnson and Morris when they return to the field next Thursday night against Virginia Tech. Johnson has been one of the top freshmen in the ACC, though his production has dipped in the last four games. He has one offensive touchdown in those games -- and the last one came against NC State on Sept. 29.