Johnson was handling the season-ending injury in stride, talking to teammates Saturday night about how they still have things to play for this season — including a chance to win the Coastal. Golden said the interactions he, doctors and trainer Vinny Scavo were having with Johnson on Sunday were positive. And Johnson's family said Sunday that, all things considered, the situation could have been worse.
"Duke is in good spirits," his mother, Cassandra Prophet-Mitchell, wrote on Facebook.
Johnson was hurt late in the third quarter, when Miami was trying to climb out of a 35-14 deficit. It appeared the Hurricanes changed the fourth-and-2 play at the line, and Johnson got hit near the line of scrimmage. His right leg bent awkwardly on the tackle, and then a mass of bodies — both Seminoles and Hurricanes — tumbled over him.
The tackle was clean. The luck was awful.
"We've just got to keep going," Golden said.
Johnson had 97 yards against Florida State, giving him 920 for the season. He is the second player in Miami history with consecutive seasons of at least 900 yards rushing; Edgerrin James is the other.
Crawford, Eduardo Clements, Gus Edwards, Walter Tucker and Mo Hagens will all get more carries now, Golden said. Combined, that group has 621 yards this season — 299 less than Johnson — though Crawford does lead the team with nine rushing touchdowns.
"As a team, we have to move forward," Golden said. "And we're going to have to move forward quickly because of this team we're going to play."
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