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Thaddeus Lewis (6-2, 190 pounds) has started all 10 games for the Blue Devils. Lewis is a solid prospect and he now has former Notre Dame quarterback coach, Peter Vaas on campus to help him develop. Vaas is also the Duke offensive coordinator. Lewis is a pocket passer that has the agility to get outside if he gets pressured in the pocket. He isn't the type of quarterback that will kill you with his running, but he'll scramble enough to frustrate you. Lewis' 30 touchdown passes is good for fifth on Duke's all-time list. Lewis played at the same high school as Notre Dame running back Armando Allen
Zack Asack (6-4, 200 pounds) is also a solid player, but he won't get in the game unless something happened to Lewis. Asack is actually very similar to Lewis in that he is a passer first, but he has the agility to scramble if he gets pressure.
Duke does a good job of sharing carries in among the top three running backs. Boyette appears the be the most effective of the three. He has more speed than Boyle, and more size than Drummer. He leads Duke in rushing and yards per carry (4.3). They will use him in the passing game, from time to time. He has 14 receptions for 77 yards.
Boyle is a solid back. He was actually the returning starter from '06, but lost the spot to Boyette this season. Boyle isn't a
flashy runner, so he'll do most of his damage between the tackles. He averages 2.6 yards per carry and has eight receptions on the season for 32
King is basically a small lineman in the backfield. He doesn't have any carries through 10 game. He does have nine catches on the season for four touchdowns. King is also the second tight end, so several of those catches likely have come in the two tight end alignment.
Harris has more agility, mainly because he has 40 fewer pounds to drag around the field. Less size, less effective as a blocker.
Harris does have 12 receptions for 120 yards.
Wright lead the team in receiving last season and he's turning the trick again this season. He's a guy that can get deep, but Duke appears to use him mainly underneath, with his 11.6 yards per catch. On the other side of the coin is Riley who averages almost twice as many yards per catch (21.5) as does Wright. Riley has the size and speed to hit the home run. Kelly has a handful of catches, but he won't get the call unless Wirght and Riley go down.
Sheldon Bell (6-foot-4, 200 pounds, R-Fr.) will probably get some snaps, but he only has two catches on the season.
Stefanow is a pass catching tight end that doesn't have the ball thrown his way very often. He only had 10 catches last season as the starter
and it looks like he is on the same path as a year ago. He's the best option Duke has at tight end, but he isn't much of a blocker.
The entire starting unit is back from last year, but that hasn't proven to be a good thing for Duke, as they have made very
limited improvement from a year ago. In fact. the stats show that the offense has regressed. Rumsey has the most experience and is probably the
most consistent lineman. Ronald and Goldberg play on the edge last season, but continue to struggle protecting Lewis. Last season the offensive
line allowed 40 sacks. Through 10 games this season the have matched that number. Eight came last weekend against Georgia Tech. This unit's
productivity running the ball has dipped as well. In 2006 the team averaged 98.2 yards rushing per game and this year they've only produced 52.9 rushing yards per game. All this has been accomplished with an offense that returned all 11 starters.
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When you start talking about the Duke defensive line, you have to start with Oghobaase. He was one of the top players in the
country when he came out of Houston, Texas. Everyone in the country offered him a scholarship, including Notre Dame. Oghobaase has lived up to
his billing despite the talent surrounding him. In the spot next to Oghobaase is Okpokowuruk. He's solid, but still learning and growing. Oglesby
and Akinbiyi are the defensive ends. Neither is really making a big impact. The injury to starting defensive end, Patrick Baliey has really hurt
Wright and Williams are tied for third on the team in tackles. It generally isn't a good sign to have your cornerbacks that high
on team leader board. Davis is fifth on the team with 58 stops and Aye-Darko is just off the pace with 57. Wright has the most talent in this
unit. He is small, but he's one of the fastest players on the team. He can make a play on the ball as his three interceptions show.
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