Duke Johnson (Jr, 5-10/195) is the starter, and he's one of the best in all of college football. Johnson has rushed for just under 1,000 yards in each of his first two seasons here. He's scored 19 total touchdowns in two seasons. One of the nation's most explosive running backs, Johnson suffered a season-ending ankle injury against Florida State and will sit out all of spring to make sure he's 100-percent by the time the season rolls around.
Gus Edwards (So, 6-0/225) is a big back who the Hurricanes used to run between the tackles last season. He averaged 5.1 yards on 66 carries for the season and became the team's short-yardage back at the end of the season. He lacks home-run hitting ability and won't be much of a factor in the passing game. However, he's a big back who runs downhill and should see an increased opportunity on first down this spring.
Joseph Yearby (Fr, 5-9/180) was a big time player at Miami Central High the last few years. The most talented running back on the roster after Duke, Yearby was a five-star kid who suffered a season-ending foot injury in December. He had surgery on it and will be forced to miss spring football because of it. He's expected to be ready to go for the fall and will likely play a big role once he returns.
Walter Tucker (So, 6-0/230) came to Miami as a linebacker before being converted to fullback during his freshman season. He saw action in eight games but it was almost entirely on special teams. With Maurice Hagens gone, Tucker will be given every chance to win the starting fullback job this spring.