Running back Duke Johnson continued his ascent into the University of Miami record books Saturday night when he joined Santana Moss and Ottis Anderson as the only players in UM history eclipse the 4,000-yard mark.
Johnson, who began the day 68 yards shy of the mark, broke the 4,000-yard mark late in the first quarter with a 4-yard catch. He finished with 75 yards total in the first quarter and 102 yards at halftime.
Moss rolled up 4,394 yards from 1997 to 2000. Anderson finished with 4,265 yards from 1975 to ’78.
Johnson, whose fumble a week ago at Nebraska cost the Hurricanes a touchdown, also eclipsed the 100-yard rushing mark for the eighth time in his career and for the first time since he ran for 168 yards against Wake Forest on Oct.26, 2013.
Johnson has now rushed for at least 90 yards in seven consecutive games. He came into the day sixth on UM’s all-time list with 2,237 yards and passed Graig Cooper (2,383 yards) for fifth. Clinton Portis (2,523 yards) is next on the list.
UM LOSES TACKLES
The Hurricanes lost both starting right tackle Taylor Gadbois and his backup, freshman Kc McDermott, to leg injuries. Gadbois was injured with 9:13 left to play in the game and was replaced by left guard Jon Feliciano.
McDermott was carted off the field and taken to the locker room in the second quarter with a left leg injury. He is a four-star recruit according to 247Sports and played in four of Miami’s first five games, making him ineligible for a medical redshirt if he has a significant injury.
Backup offensive guard Hunter Wells was suspended for the Duke game for failing a drug test, two sources familiar with the situation told the Miami Herald.
UM later confirmed the suspension, saying Wells was suspended for “violating team rules.”
Wells, a 6-6, 312-pound junior from Canton, Illinois, has been playing behind Feliciano — though Wells did not play last week at Nebraska.
Wells is the second Hurricanes player to miss at least one game this season after a failed drug test. Quarterback Kevin Olsen, who is no longer on the team, missed the first two games of the season because of suspension.
Shannon Spake, on the ESPN broadcast team as a sideline reporter for the Miami-Duke game, grew up in Sunrise, graduated from Piper High, attended Broward College for two years on a swimming scholarship and ended up graduating from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton.
Spake said her mother went to North Miami Beach High.
“We are seasoned South Floridians,” said Spake, 38, who lives in North Carolina and is the mother of twin 4-year-old boys.
Spake said one of the first college football games she ever attended was the 1987 Notre Dame at UM game in the Orange Bowl.
“We were all about the Hurricanes,” she said, adding that now she “roots for good stories and good games.”
▪ The Hurricanes honored longtime staffer Myrna Schneider during the game and carried her off field at halftime. Schneider worked for Miami as an administrative assistant for 37 years and began her career there during the Lou Saban era in the late 1970s.