2012: Skip's Junior Campaign

📌 ‘Canes Conundrum: RB Duke Johnson

| SoFloBulls.com | by Matthew Manuri |

2012: Skip's Junior Campaign | 'Canes Conundrum: RB Duke Johnson | by Matthew Manuri
2012: Skip’s Junior Campaign | ‘Canes Conundrum: RB Duke Johnson | by Matthew Manuri

The South Florida Bulls (3-6, 1-4 Big East) travel down to Miami this weekend to square off against the Hurricanes (5-5, 4-3 ACC). Here are the keys to the Bulls stealing a victory down south:

Dominate Decimated WR Core

The Hurricanes WR core has been decimated by injuries this season. Most recently, converted DB #24 Davon Johnson (21 rec. for 348 yards) suffered a knee injury, leaving only walk-on WR #87 Garrett Kidd to fill his slot. How ravaged is the ‘Canes WR core? Leading WR #80 Rashawn Scott (512 yards, 3 TDs) is suspended indefinitely, #1 Allen Hurns (307 yards, 4 TDs) broke a bone in his hand & will be wearing a cast on his left hand Saturday, & then you add in previously mentioned #24 Davon Johnson & you end up with the ‘Canes top 3 WRs. After those 3 WRs, the leader for the ‘Canes is RB #5 Mike James who has collected 27 receptions for 247 yards & 2TDs this season. The Bulls’ secondary must control the inexperienced receiving core to allow DC Chris Cosh to load the box.

Contain RB Duke Johnson

Miami Hurricane RB #8 Duke Johnson
Miami Hurricane RB #8 Duke Johnson

Duke Johnson. The ’Canes number one RB & ACC Player of the Year front-runner,#8 Duke Johnson, has amassed 705 yards (6.4 yds/carry) & 6 TDs on 110 carries in 2012. Johnson has broken off 50+ yard jaunts in consecutive weeks: a 52 yarder against Virginia & 65 yarder against VA-Tech last week. Johnson is an explosive speedster & whenever he touches the pigskin all players need to be alert. Johnson has also returned 23 kickoffs, his specialty, for 779 yards & 2 TDs (long of 95 yards). The Bulls’ secondary MUST limit Johnson’s ability to reach the second level on Saturday if they plan on staying in the game period.

Video: Johnson’s 52 & 65 yard Dashes


…And the Bulls’ Starting QB is?

Coach Holtz hasn’t announced which QB will get the nod Saturday, but between Floyd & Eveld I seriously don’t know which QB will actually give the Bulls’ a chance Win. The ‘Canes are VERY beatable squad & another win would keep the Bulls on track toward their goal of winning out to become bowl eligible. Cross your fingers, toes, & everything else that the Bulls’ step up & play with passion Saturday.

| SoFloBulls.com | by Matthew Manuri |

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