No. 11. Duke Johnson, RB, Miami
2012 stats: He had 28 kick returns for 892 yards (32 yards per game) and two touchdowns. He finished with 13 total touchdowns and 2,060 all-purpose yards. He had 947 rushing yards, 221 receiving yards. He also completed 1-of-2 passes for eight yards.
Previous ranking: NR
Making the case for Johnson: He merely finished what was arguably the greatest freshman season in the program’s history. There wasn’t much he didn’t do offensively, and the triple-threat true freshman was also one of the most explosive players in the country. He finished the regular season tied as the nation’s leader with 11 all-purpose plays of 50+ yards and was one of only 13 FBS players with at least two plays of 90+ yards. Johnson also led the nation with five kickoff returns of 50+ yards.
Not surprisingly, Johnson was named the ACC’s overall and offensive rookie of the year. He rushed for a school freshman record 947 yards and 10 touchdowns, breaking Clinton Portis’ 13-year-old school freshman rushing record. Johnson also set the school single-season record with 892 kick return yards and returned two kickoffs for touchdowns, tying a school record. He also set a single game ACC freshman record with 368 all-purpose yards on Nov. 10 at Virginia. He was named the ACC Rookie of the Week a league-best five times.