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By CHRISTINA De NICOLA  |  Last updated 11/3/13
University of Miami sophomore running back Duke Johnson will miss the remainder of the season with a fractured right ankle, a team official confirmed prior to head coach Al Golden's teleconference Sunday afternoon. Golden said Johnson will have surgery this week. "I feel badly for the young man, for any of these young people that get injured," Golden said. "Phillip Dorsett, obviously now Randy. I think the biggest thing is I'm disappointed for Randy because he was really starting to understand how to be a good runner. He was realty starting to convert talent to skill." Johnson, who finished with 23 carries for 97 yards in the 41-14 loss to Florida State, got hurt on a fourth-and-2 play in FSU territory with under two minutes left in the third quarter. Hit one yard short of the first down, he began to go down from the initial contact before a few players fell on top of him, including one of his own offensive linemen. Johnson's right leg bent underneath him at an awkward angle. As medical personnel tended to him, Johnson remained on he ground. After further evaluation, he was driven away on a cart and taken in for x-rays. Reports following the game stated he was seen wearing a cast on his right leg. It marked the second time this season Johnson, who exited the North Carolina game on Oct. 17 after taking a hard hit to the head on a block, left a contest early. In that same game the Hurricanes lost Dorsett for four to six weeks with a partial tear in his medial collateral ligament. Johnson, who entered the game fourth in nation in all-purpose yards per game and 11th in rushing, watches his season come to a premature close with 920 yards, including a long of 59, on 145 attempts for six touchdowns. He averaged 115 yards per game. "I thought he really ran the ball well last night," Golden said. "He was starting to really impose himself in games now. I'm really disappointed for him now. I hope he can leave that blueprint in his mind of what he needs to be when he comes back." Sophomore Dallas Crawford will now carry the brunt of the work. When Johnson went down in the Tar Heels game, Crawford collected 145 yards and two touchdowns on 33 rushes. Crawford has scored a team-high nine touchdowns.
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