Cats prep for Miami’s Johnson

By Joshua Kinder

All eyes should be on Miami’s Duke Johnson this Saturday at Bill Snyder Family Stadium — and rightfully so.

The freshman running back dazzled in his debut last weekend against Boston College, rushing just seven times for 135 yards and two touchdowns.

Even LeBron James offered a shout-out to Johnson following the Hurricanes’ 41-32 win on the road.

Kansas State coach Bill Snyder, who has the task of finding ways to slow Johnson down when his 21st-ranked Wildcats host Miami at 11 a.m., was also impressed.

“He’s a tremendously talented player,” Snyder said Tuesday. “He has tremendous speed. I think he’s a very talented running back in regards to having good vision and being able to know where the holes open up. He has good movement, so he can move laterally, as well as straight ahead.

“He has good quickness to go along with his speed, and I think that he is perhaps probably growing as a receiver as well. They utilize him a lot of different ways, so that tells me he can do a lot of different things.”

Johnson — at 5-feet-8 and 188 pounds -was top running back nationally and 30th overall in last year’s recruiting class.

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