Johnson finished his junior season with 1,652 rushing yards after the Hurricanes' 24-21 loss to South Carolina in the Independence Bowl on Saturday. The Miami native led all rushers with 24 carries for 132 yards and a touchdown, and also caught five passes for 51 yards. He also injured his ankle in the fourth quarter, fumbling on the play while the Hurricanes were driving for a potential game-tying touchdown.
Johnson ends his Miami career as the school's all-time leading rusher with 3,519 rushing yards, as well as 26 rushing touchdowns and 5,523 all-purpose yards in 33 games. His performance on Saturday was his 14th career 100-yard rushing game, tying him with former Hurricanes Edgerrin James and Clinton Portis for the school record.
According to HurrianceSports.com, Johnson said the decision was a difficult one to make.
“Of course there was back and forth. As a kid, I always wanted to come here. I loved it. I didn’t want to leave it,” said Johnson, who will continue to work towards his degree in the spring. “At the same time, like I mentioned before, the life for running backs [in the NFL] isn’t that high. I think it’s best to get out when I can.”
Miami finished 6-7, making a bowl for the second straight year under head coach Al Golden.
- Mike Fiammetta