The ‘Noles are playing Miami but Saturday’s game centers around Duke — as in star ‘Canes tailback Duke Johnson.
It’s no secret that Johnson is Miami’s best player, and he’s become even more important since deep threat wide receiver Phillip Dorsett went down with an injury against North Carolina. In Johnson, the Hurricanes have a capable ‘back that can move the chains and break open games. The Hurricanes also have a talented backup in Dallas Crawford that can spell Johnson when needed.
“You’re always getting a fresh guy,” Fisher said. “You’re always getting fresh legs. He’s a big, strong and fast guy. The game that Duke (Johnson) got hurt, he came in and had 100-and-some yards. (He) played extremely well. (They’re) two very capable backs.”
For FSU, the key to slowing down the Hurricanes’ running game is to be physical, intense at the point of attack and, above all else, do not miss tackles.
“You’ve got to be able to shed blockers and use your hands,” Fisher said. “They’re very good on the offensive line. Duke [Johnson] is a great runner and they’re very multiple on how they do some things. They do a great job. We’re going to have to be physical. We’re going to have to give different looks and different combinations of things so they don’t know what we’re trying to block all the time but they’re a very experienced line and a very well-coached group up front so, it’s going to be a hard one to handle.
“We’ll have to man up, there’s no doubt.”