CORAL GABLES, Fla. - University of Miami freshman and ACC Rookie of the Year Duke Johnson was named to the 2012 Football Writers Association of America Freshman All-America Team, the organization announced Monday.
Johnson is Miami's fifth FWAA Freshman All-America selection and is one of only three ACC players named to the team, joining Florida State DB Ronald Darby and Maryland all-purpose player Stefon Diggs. Prior to Johnson's selection, offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson was Miami’s last Freshman All-America performer in 2010.
He was also a first-team Freshman All-America as a kick returner by Phil Steele and a second-team selection as a running back by CollegeFootballNews.com and Phil Steele. In December, Johnson became Miami's first All-America performer since 2005, earning second-team All-America honors from the Walter Camp Football Foundation, third-team honors from CBSSports.com and honorable mention from Sports Illustrated.
The Miami product enjoyed one of the greatest freshman seasons in Miami history in 2012, amassing 2,060 all-purpose yards and 13 touchdowns, while breaking Clinton Portis' 13-year-old school freshman rushing record with 947 yards. Johnson ranks third nationally with a 33.0 yards per kick return average, leading the ACC by 4.0 yards per return. His 892 kick return yards were a single-season record and he also tied the school single-season mark with two kick return for touchdowns.
Johnson, who was named second-team All-ACC as well as the ACC Offensive and Overall Rookie of the Year, set a single-game ACC freshman standard with 368 all-purpose yards Nov. 10 at Virginia, while also placing third in the league with 947 rushing yards and a 78.9 yards-per-game average.
|MIAMI'S FWAA FRESHMAN ALL-AMERICA SELECTIONS|
|2001||Vince Wilfork, DL|
|2005||Kenny Phillips, DB|
|2008||Marcus Forston, DT|
|2010||Seantrel Henderson, OT|
|2012||Duke Johnson, KR|