Taking a Look Back: Running Backs
Randy “Duke” Johnson: (5’9/183) The Duke of Miami stepped up tremendously last season, filling the whole that RB Lamar Miller left when he decided to go pro early. He made his presence known right from the start, when he exploded on to the scene against Boston College. Johnson ended up with 947 yards, which broke the UM freshman rushing record that was previously held by Clinton Portis. Coming of such an impressive freshman campaign, Miami will need him to play at another level if they expect to take that next step.
Mike James: (5’11/222) Doubling his carries from the 2011 season, James showed that he has the capability to be a lead back. Not only did he make an impact through the running game, he also made 30 receptions for 344 yards. His best game came against Georgia Tech, where he scored three touchdowns, including a game winning touchdown in overtime. With so many underclassmen on the team, Miami really needed a leader to emerge, and James became that leader.
Eduardo Clements: (5’9/195) Missing half the season due to injury, expect Clements to make a bigger impact during his senior season. Last season he was limited to the third down package, and was not given the chance to consistently carry the rock. With Miami not having a commitment from the running back position, it seems that they plan to use him more than years past.
Dallas Crawford: (5’10/190) Although, the redshirt freshman only saw playing time in three games last season, when he was in he showed he versatility. Mostly playing out of the wild cat formation, he showed his ability to read the defense and make quick decisions. Bulking up will be key for Crawford if he hopes to be a more vital part of the offense.
Maurice Hagens: (5’11/240) The full back is widely considered the unsung hero of this team. While, Hagens produces when he’s on the field, it seems that he was being used less as the season went on.
Danny Dillard: (6’2/225) Red shirting this past season allowed Dillard to get bigger and get more engaged into the playbook. As of right now, it is not clear which position UM coaches will want him to play. Many have speculated that he will be playing the fullback position, but from watching his highlight tape from his high school days, it is easy to come to the conclusion that he has the potential to be more than just a fullback in this offense.