Miami running back Duke Johnson will miss the rest of the season with a broken right ankle, the school confirmed Sunday.
Johnson will undergo surgery this week.
The sophomore all-purpose back was injured on a fourth-down play late in the third quarter of a 41-14 loss to Florida State, when his right leg twisted awkwardly beneath him at the bottom of a pile. He was helped off the field and could not put any weight on his right ankle.
He was in tears on the sideline after he was injured, and was later carted to the locker room. Reporters saw Johnson leaving the stadium with his leg in a cast.
Johnson has developed into a workhorse back for the Hurricanes this season. The No. 2 rusher in the ACC finished with 23 carries for 97 yards against the Seminoles and is the best player on the Miami offense. With Johnson out, Miami figures to use running back Dallas Crawford in the feature back role going forward.
Still, losing Johnson is a tremendous blow to the Miami offense. Not only was he the Canes' best and most explosive playmaker, he was key on special teams as well. Johnson was averaging 6.3 yards per carry this season, and ends the year with 145 carries for 920 yards and six touchdowns. He ranks No. 4 in the nation in all-purpose yards with an average of 174.1 yards per game.
Johnson has missed time in a few games this year and Crawford showed the ability to step in. It was Crawford who helped Miami win the North Carolina game in the fourth quarter with Johnson on the sideline because of a head injury. But Crawford is not the same type of back Johnson is, so watching how Miami moves forward without Johnson will be a story line to watch for the remainder of the season.