Spring Game Rosters Are Set

DURHAM, N.C. — Duke head football coach David Cutcliffe announced on Wednesday the rosters for the upcoming Spring Game slated for Saturday, April 19 at 1 p.m. at Wallace Wade Stadium.

The White squad features quarterback Thaddeus Lewis, offensive tackle Fred Roland, offensive guard Rob Schirmann, and linebacker Vincent Rey. Lewis, a two-year starter under center for the Blue Devils, completed 199-of-360 passes last year for 2,430 yards and 21 touchdowns while Roland and Schirmann started 11 and 12 games, respectively, in 2007. Rey led Duke in total tackles last fall with 111 including 8.5 stops for loss and 2.5 sacks.

Coached by Blue Devil assistant coaches Jim Collins, Matt Luke, Mike MacIntyre, Scottie Montgomery and Zac Roper, the White unit also boasts defensive linemen Wesley Oglesby (37 tackles & 6.5 TFL in 2007) and Clifford Respress (21 tackles & 5.5 TFL in 2007), running back Clifford Harris (15 receptions for 155 yards in 2007) and wide receiver Austin Kelly (15 receptions for 186 yards in 2007).

The Blue team is led by wide receiver Eron Riley, running back Re'quan Boyette, nose guard Vince Oghobaase and linebacker Michael Tauiliili. Riley was a second team All-ACC pick last year after catching 40 passes for 830 yards and nine touchdowns while Boyette led the Blue Devils in rushing for the second straight season with 432 yards on 104 attempts. In 2007, Oghobaase posted 49 tackles including 12.0 tackles for loss while Tauiliili contributed 108 stops, 13.0 tackles for loss and three interceptions.

Under the direction of Duke assistants Marion Hobby, Derek Jones, Ron Middleton and Kurt Roper, the Blue squad also includes tight end Brandon King (10 receptions for 76 yards & 4 TDs in 2007), defensive end Ayanga Okpokowuruk (23 tackles in 2007), safety Adrian Aye-Darko (58 tackles in 2007) and cornerback Leon Wright (67 tackles & 3 interceptions in 2007).

Spring Game festivities begin on Saturday at 9 a.m. with the annual Junior Blue Devil Club Day registration. This event is open to all current members while new members may register for an annual fee of $20. At 10:30 a.m., the Duke team will hold the first Blue Devil Walk from the Duke Chapel to the North End Zone of Wallace Wade Stadium. Pregame entertainment -- featuring live music from Dune Dogs, BBQ lunch plates for $5, raffle drawings, face painting and inflatable games -- begins at 11 a.m. on the stadium concourse.

Kickoff for the Spring Game is set for 1 p.m. Admission to the game is free of charge.


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