A Closer Look: Duke Offense

Miami will play at Duke, which brings a 3-2 record into the game, tomorrow afternoon. The Blue Devils have beaten James Madison, Navy, and Virginia while losing to Northwestern and Georgia Tech. Lets take a closer look at what they bring to the table on the offensive side of the ball.

Quarterbacks:
Junior Thaddeus Lewis is a gifted athlete who has been very good at throwing the football at Duke over the past couple seasons. In his last 17 games, Lewis has thrown for just under 3,500 yards, 28 touchdowns, and just 13 interceptions. He's completing 60-percent of his passes and the former Dade County standout does a nice job of taking care of the football. After Tim Tebow, Lewis will likely be the best quarterback the Canes have faced so far this season.

Running Backs:
Senior Ra'Quan Boyette was Duke's leading rusher a year ago but he hasn't played all this season due to a knee injury and he's not expected to play tomorrow. The leading rusher this season has been senior power back Clifford Harris, who has gained 263 yards on 63 carries with three touchdowns. He's also caught seven balls out of the backfield. His top backup is freshman Jay Hollingsworth, who has carried the ball 50 times for 166 yards and no scores. He, too, has seven catches. Between the two, they're averaging just 3.8 yards per carry this season.

Wide Receivers:
Senior Eron Riley is Duke's best offensive player. He now has 110 career receptions and 20 touchdowns. At 6-3 and 200, Riley has 27 receptions this season and six scores. He'll be a handful for Miami's corners, as they have struggled against bigger receivers all season. Freshman Johnny Williams, Duke's second leading receiver with 20 catches for 231 yards this season, is listed as doubtful for this game so look for the Blue Devils to turn to sophomores Austin Kelly (11 catches for 124 yards) and Sheldon Bell (11 catches for 77 yards). Riley will be one of the best receivers the Canes face all season but as a unit, Duke doesn't match up well with other WR units the Canes have faced already this season.

Tight Ends:
Senior Tielor Robinson leads the tight ends with seven catches for 46 yards. He hauled in 15 catches and four touchdowns as a sophomore two years ago so he's a threat in the redzone. The kid that has Duke fans excited is sophomore Brett Huffman, a prized recruit a few years ago. However, he has just two catches for 21 yards right now.

Offensive Line:
The line is anchored by tackles Fred Roland (RT) and Cameron Goldberg (LT), both returning starters from previous years. Right guard Rob Schirmann has also been around for awhile. This unit has struggled, though, as they're 95th in the nation in rushing offense and they're near the bottom in sacks allowed as well.


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