Sophomore running back Duke Johnson, on the watch list for several national awards, drew quite a crowd Saturday morning for the opening of Hurricanes fall football camp.
Johnson, the 2012 Atlantic Coast Conference Rookie of the Year, rushed for a school freshman record 947 yards and 10 touchdowns and set the UM single-season record with 892 kick-return yards and two touchdowns.
He said he put on eight pounds of muscle and is listed as 5-9 and 196 pounds.
“I feel better,” he said, “more powerful. I’m putting on the right kind of weight.”
UM coach Al Golden addressed the following injury-related statuses Saturday:
Safety Deon Bush, who had sports hernia repairs made during outpatient surgery in June, “is cleared to integrate toward practice. We expect him to be cleared within a week.”
Right tackle Sunny Odogwu (foot), a 6-8, 318-pound mountain of a man who is already third on the depth chart behind senior Seantrel Henderson and junior Ereck Flowers, is the “same as Deon,” Golden said. “You’ll see him out here doing things,” but Odogwu “won’t be green-lighted for a couple of days.”
Tight end Clive Walford (biceps) is “great,” Golden said. “He was 264 [pounds Friday]” and has “really made a commitment physically.”
Running back Eduardo Clements (neck) is “good to go, fully integrated.”
Receiver Malcolm Lewis (ankle) will be eased in, but has been cleared.
This and that
• Senior quarterback Stephen Morris and senior defensive end Shayon Green were named team captains during Friday’s team meeting.
“Leadership doesn’t mean anything unless people are following you,” Morris said. “My biggest thing is to keep leading and keeping these guys focused for what’s ahead.”
• The coveted black jerseys that go to first-team defensive players were worn by cornerbacks Antonio Crawford and Ladarius Gunter; safeties A.J. Highsmith and Rayshawn Jenkins; linebackers Jimmy Gaines, Denzel Perryman and Alex Figueroa; ends Shayon Green and Anthony Chickillo; and tackles Olsen Pierre, Curtis Porter and Luther Robinson.
• Incoming defensive lineman Ufomba Kamalu is cleared academically, but fellow lineman Julio Derosier is not yet formally cleared, though he is expected in camp. Al-Quadin Muhammad, called “Quan” by Golden, was at practice. Linebacker Devante Bond, who did not qualify, enrolled in prep school and told Canesport.com he still wants to attend UM.
• Greentree Field got a spiffy makeover, with giant-sized photographs/wind screens of UM’s 74 All-Americans adorning the fences and getting positive reviews by the players.