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Florida’s D.J. Durkin praises Duke Johnson

 

Miami Herald Writer

UM’s electric tailback Duke Johnson is “a key point of emphasis” in Florida’s defensive game plan this week.

Defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin called Miami’s sophomore sensation, “The total package.”

“That guy can put his foot in the ground and change the score on any down,” Durkin said. “He is a fast guy, a quick guy, a great change of direction. …He has great running back skills. He finishes runs, he’s physical, and he runs inside the tackles really well, too. It’s not like he’s just a perimeter guy. He’s a complete back.”

Johnson, who rushed for 186 yards and one touchdown in UM’s opener, has tallied 678 yards on the ground in UM’s last four games, but Florida — the nation’s No. 4 rushing defense in 2012 — has allowed just a single 100-yard rusher in its last 14 contests.

• Florida coach Will Muschamp said offensive guard Jon Halapio (partially torn pectoral muscle) will be the only starter not playing Saturday at UM.

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