RB Andrew Johnson Update

There has been a lot of talk about the incoming freshmen running backs, Charlie Jones starting the opener with Tyrone Moss suspended, Derron Thomas filling in on the first team for Jones, but what about Andrew Johnson?

Last season Andrew Johnson rushed for 97 yards on 14 carries including a 46-yard run, which was the longest run from scrimmage for Miami.

Heading into fall practices, Johnson was expected to receive a number of reps especially with Tyrone Moss still recovering from his ACL injury and being suspended for the first game.

Then Charlie Jones and Derron Thomas came up with nagging injuries, but instead of Johnson, a junior, getting the reps with the first team it was freshmen Javarris James and Kylan Robinson getting the majority of the load.

Earlier in the week head coach Larry Coker said that he wanted to give the younger guys a look because they know what they have in Andrew Johnson.

Not exactly the words you want to hear from the head coach especially if you are trying to be an impact player.

It was an odd comment by Coker, who has praised Johnson since he has been at UM. Even when Johnson was hurt, Coker made sure reporters knew what the 'Canes had in Johnson.

So maybe Coker does want to get the freshmen involved as much as possible because he wants them to be as ready for the opener against FSU. Maybe it is because of the line of injuries UM running backs have had in recent years.

Torn ACL's have been all too common at UM as Willis McGahee, Frank Gore (twice), Tyrone Moss, along with Johnson have all been victims of the ACL bug.

So with the running backs Miami currently has, it will be interesting to see how they will be used this season.

"However they decide to rotate us there will be trouble because all of us are a weapon," Johnson said.

Thomas returned to action today, while Jones expects to return in a few days.

"We got a bunch of us," Johnson said. "Guys get knicked up, but that's camp. It's hard-nosed out there even when we are in shorts. Everyone is flying around and going 100 percent. They'll be okay by the time the game comes around."

Despite the limited reps with the first unit, Johnson insists things are good at UM.

"I am taking it on the fly and getting a few reps in here and there," Johnson said.

Although he could be disappointed with how things are going, he said, "everything is fine with me." He also said that he does not have any injuries and feels healthy.

FACING RUMORS

A number of factors point towards a possible transfer for Johnson including where he stands on the depth chart and he is at the pivotal point in a college athlete's career as they enter their junior year. Also, he has not used his redshirt year, he is from out of state, and he could be frustrated with how he was used in the past two seasons.

However, he insists he is not transferring.

"I aint goin' no where," said Johnson, the 8th ranked running back in the nation out of North Hills (PA) in 2004. "I am here. This is where I am supposed to be. Whatever is going to happen is going to happen. This is where it is meant to be. I am not going anywhere."

Christopher Stock can be reached at stock@canestime.com

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