CORAL GABLES, Fla. – At Miami, the starting running back goes by the name Duke Johnson. His mother wears a jersey to games with "Momma Duke" stitched on the back and just about everyone calls him Duke.
The only holdout is Miami coach Al Golden. For whatever reason, Golden calls his running back by his given name, "Randy."
If Johnson lives up to expectations this season, odds are pretty good that Golden will call the sophomore whatever he wants.
Johnson ran for 957 yards in his debut season, doing so on only 139 carries. His workload could double this season, and when the Hurricanes opened practice Saturday, the Miami native was clearly raring to go.
Here's proof: The team wake-up call was at 6 a.m. Johnson was awake two hours early, unable to contain his excitement.