Lewis & Oghobaase Invited To NFL Combine

DURHAM, N.C. – Former Duke football players Thaddeus Lewis and Vince Oghobaase have been invited to participate in the 2010 NFL Scouting Combine scheduled for February 24-March 2 in Indianapolis, Ind.

Over 300 players are expected to attend this year's event, which began in 1982. Participants are chosen for the annual camp by a selection committee made up of representatives from the National and BLESTO scouting services as well as members from various NFL player personnel departments. Executives, coaches, player personnel staff members and medical personnel from all 32 NFL teams will attend the combine to evaluate prospective players.

From 2001-08, an average of 329 players participated in the NFL Scouting Combine including a high of 337 athletes in 2004. During that time span, the average of attendees by position was paced by defensive backs (56.9; high of 61 in 2001), followed by offensive linemen (55.4; high of 66 in 2003), defensive linemen (52.5; high of 61 in 2004), wide receivers (44.9; high of 54 in 2008), linebackers (34.1; high of 38 in 2004), running backs (34.0; high of 49 in 2002), quarterbacks (20.0; high of 25 in 2006), tight ends (18.9; high of 22 in 2002), placekickers (11.9; high of 15 in 2003) and special teams players (0.6; 3 in 2007).

Lewis, a quarterback from Opa-Locka, Fla., closed out an outstanding career with 48 school records including career marks for total offensive yards (9,987), passing yards (10,065), pass completions (877), pass attempts (1,510), touchdown passes (67), 300-yard passing games (11) and touchdown-to-interception ratio (1.68:1). In 2009, he completed 274-of-449 (.610) pass attempts for 3,330 yards with 20 touchdowns and eight interceptions. One of just two quarterbacks in ACC history to throw for over 10,000 yards in a career, Lewis currently ranks second in the league in both total offensive yards per game (281.5) and passing yards per game (277.5), and his 3,330 passing yards rank as the second-highest single-season total in Duke history. Lewis, who earned second team All-ACC honors in 2008, is Duke's first two-time all-conference quarterback since Ben Bennett captured first squad honors in both 1982 and 1983.

Oghobaase, a defensive tackle from Houston, Texas, logged 37 tackles, 7.5 tackle for loss and 2.5 quarterback sacks despite missing four games in 2009 due to injury. A two-time honorable mention all-league pick, he finished his Duke career with 165 tackles, 36.5 tackles for loss and 14.0 sacks. On Duke's career charts, Oghobaase ranks fifth in sacks and sixth in tackles for loss.

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