Randy Johnson, usually known by the name Duke Johnson, was born in Miami, Florida on September 23, 1993. A running back for the Miami Hurricanes, he was named as the Atlantic Coast Conference's Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2012.
During his youth, Johnson made an excellent start to his football career at Miami Norland Senior High School. As a junior, he helped the team to become state runners up, recording a 13-2 record over the course of the full season. Then, as a senior, Johnson led the team to an undefeated and untied 14-0 season, in which they claimed the Class 5A State Title.
Throughout his senior year, he was able to rush for 1,957 yards and score 29 rushing touchdowns, as well as adding three touchdown receptions from a total of 14 catches. During the State Championship Game, against Wakulla High School, Johnson scored five touchdowns for his team. As a result of his strong performances, he was considered a five-star recruitment prospect by multiple analysts and was eventually recruited by the University of Miami.
As a true freshman, Johnson played 12 games for the Miami Hurricanes, starting five of them. He went on to enjoy one of the best freshman seasons in the school's history, setting a freshman rushing record of 947 yards and 10 touchdowns. Over the entire season, he was credited with 2,060 all-purpose yards and broke the school's single season record for kick return yards, with 892 yards and two touchdowns. He was given ACC Rookie of the Week honors on five occasions during the year and was named as the ACC Offensive Rookie of the Year at the end of the season.
In his 2013 sophomore year, Johnson played in eight games, starting seven, before an ankle injury ended his season early. Throughout the games he appeared in, he averaged 174.1 all-purpose yards per game and managed 920 rushing yards for six touchdowns. During the season opener against Florida Atlantic University, he rushed for a career-high total of 186 yards and by the end of his final game of the season, he was ranked seventh in the school's history for career all-purpose yards. At the conclusion of the year, despite missing several games, he was named as a second team All-ACC selection by the league's coaches.
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