Once upon a time there was a self-serving and somewhat arrogant blogger here on Canespace who referred to himself as "The Truth". You have to have quite an ego and some serious attitude to refer to yourself as the truth. Of course, as usually happens in cases like this, in the end it turned out that he never was, and still isn't, the real truth.
Once he arrived on the UM campus a few years ago from Miami Killian High School, and even as recently as last season, running back Lamar Miller was commonly known by fans as "The Truth". Miller, who played well and was a fan favorite, may actually have been able to live up to that label if he had stayed and played another season as a Miami Hurricane instead of becoming a Miami Dolphin. Instead he never quite achieved that all-time great status at UM that would have made that moniker accurate enough to stick forever.
Miller has played in eight games for the Dolphins this season and has rushed 27 times for 145 yards one TD. His early departure for the riches of the NFL opened the door for Senior Mike James to take over the starting RB role along with a true freshman named Duke Johnson. While James had a solid season and was a major contributor to the 'Canes' success on offense in 2012, it was the true freshman who stole the national spotlight and most Miami fans' hearts and minds this year.
On Monday, University of Miami freshman Duke Johnson was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Rookie of the Week for the fifth time this season. With Johnson’s league-leading fifth ROW honor, the Hurricanes finish the 2012 season with 12 ACC Player of the Week accolades, eight of which were freshmen.
Johnson rushed for a career-high 176 yards and a career-best three touchdowns in Miami’s 52-45 season-finale win at Duke. Included in his three rushing touchdowns was a 65-yard score, his 11th play of over 50 yards in 2012. He finished with 277 all-purpose yards, his sixth game with 200-plus all-purpose yards this season.
In the third quarter against the Blue Devils, Johnson broke Miami’s single-season freshman rushing record held by Clinton Portis (838 in 1999). His 2,070 all-purpose yards are the most by a Miami freshman the second-most in program history behind only Willis McGahee (2,108 in 2002).
Johnson concluded his rookie campaign with four 100-yard rushing games, 957 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns on 139 carries. He also finished 2012 with a single-season school-record 892 kick return yards and two touchdowns. Johnson’s 13 touchdowns on the season are tied for the fifth-most in
If there was ever a player who accomplishments in their first season with the Hurricanes has earned him the nickname of "The Truth" it has to be Duke Johnson. Johnson was the difference maker in several games this season as a true freshman and really sparked the offensive success for Miami this season.
Every time he touches the ball, to steal a phrase from ESPN's Chris Berman, "He could go all the way!" And if he continues to remain healthy and progress each year there is every reason to believe that he could surpass all of the previous greats at UM and own all of the rushing records at Miami by the time he is done.
Now ain't that The Truth?