Duke Football BIO
9 Thaddeus Lewis
2009: Returning starting quarterback ... leading returning passer in the ACC after averaging 197.4 yards per game in 2008 ... preseason third team All-ACC choice by Athlon Sports and Phil Steele’s College Football Preview ... voted the strongest arm in the ACC by Lindy’s preseason magazine ... charted as the No. 31 quarterback in the nation by Phil Steele’s College Football Preview ... three-year starter at quarterback ... owns a strong throwing arm and good feel for the game ... has evolved into a true dual-threat signal-caller ... has increased completion percentage while cutting interception totals every season at Duke ... could challenge several school career passing records by the end of the season ... entering the season, ranks fourth all-time at Duke in passing yards (6,735), pass attempts (1,061), pass completions (603), passing touchdowns (47) and total offense (6,609) ... stands 2,879 passing yards, 314 attempts, 227 completions and eight touchdowns away from Duke’s career records held by Ben Bennett ... begins the year ranked 20th in ACC history with 6,735 passing yards ... leads all active ACC players in career passing yards and touchdown passes ... holds school records for most consecutive pass attempts without an interception (206) and most pass attempts in a game without an interception (52 vs. N.C. State, 11/8/08) ... one of only three quarterbacks in school history to throw 10 or more touchdown passes in three straight seasons ... owns the seventh-highest single-game passing yardage total in Duke history with a 428-yard outing at Navy in 2007 ... in the annual Spring Game, completed 17-of-23 passes for 257 yards while rushing for two touchdowns.
2008: Second team All-ACC selection ... played and started 11 of the 12 games on the year, missing the Virginia Tech contest with an ankle injury ... completed a career-high 224-of-361 (.620) pass attempts for 2,171 yards with 15 touchdowns and six interceptions ... carried the ball 69 times for 96 yards and two touchdowns ... passing totals were among the top 10 on Duke’s single-season lists for completions (7th), attempts (9th) and touchdowns (T8th) ... ranked among the ACC leaders in passing yards per game (2nd; 197.4), touchdown passes (2nd; 15), fewest interceptions (2nd; 6), total offense (2nd; 206.1) completion percentage (3rd; 62.0) and passing efficiency (4th; 123.0) ... did not throw an interception in the first three games and seven games total ... threw 105 passes without a pick to start the year to establish a new school record with 206 consecutive passes without an interception ... tossed a school single-game record 52 passes without an interception against N.C. State, completing 37-of-52 (.714) passes for 317 yards and two touchdowns against the Wolfpack ... the 37 completions marked the second-highest single-game total in Duke history ... also matched a season-high with 41 rushing yards on six carries against the Wolfpack to amass 358 yards of total offense ... threw for 317 yards and rushed for 41 yards against Navy, completing 25-of-35 (.714) passes with three touchdowns to earn ACC Offensive Back of the Week (9/15) ... completed 34-of-49 (.694) for 278 yards and one touchdown against North Carolina ... the 34 completions tied the fourth-best single-game total in school history ... threw a touchdown pass in eight-of-11 games with two touchdown tosses against James Madison, Virginia, Miami, Wake Forest and N.C. State ... scored rushing touchdowns against Northwestern and Miami ... threw for over 200 yard in six games with two 300-yard performances ... took a total of 677 snaps under center ... received the Outstanding Offensive Back award at the annual team banquet.
2007: Started all 12 games at quarterback ... completed 199-of-360 (.553) passes for 2,430 yards and 21 touchdowns ... ranked third in the ACC in touchdown passes (21), fourth in passing yards per game (202.5) and sixth in both total offense (190.2 ypg) and pass efficiency (125.7 rating) ... threw 10 more touchdown passes than his freshman season and six fewer interceptions while raising his completion percentage to .553 from .529 ... became the first quarterback in school history to throw 10 or more touchdowns in both his freshman and sophomore seasons ... recorded the 10th 400-yard passing performance in school history by hitting on 23-of-36 passes for 428 yards and four touchdowns at Navy ... the 428 yards ranks as the seventh-most in a single game at Duke while the four touchdown passes match the second-highest single-game performance in school history ... also rushed for a touchdown against the Midshipmen for a career-high five total touchdowns in the game ... threw four touchdown passes against Wake Forest and ended the game with 291 yards on 21-of-47 passing ... completed 15 consecutive pass attempts at Northwestern to equal the second-longest streak in school history ... threw for 246 yards and three touchdowns on 19-of-23 (.826) passing against the Wildcats ... completed 18-of-27 passes for 241 yards and two touchdowns at Miami ... threw for 219 yards and two touchdowns on 18-of-27 passing at North Carolina ... registered two touchdowns against Virginia Tech with one through the air and one on the ground ... threw a touchdown pass in 11 of the 12 games ... completed 33 passes of 20 or more yards on the year ... did not throw an interception in the final three outings of the season ... took 737 total snaps on offense ... had 60 or more plays in six outings with a season-high 81 against Wake Forest ... chosen as a game captain for the Navy and Miami contests ... ACC All-Academic team selection.
2006: Played in all 12 games, starting the final 11 weeks of the season ... honorable mention Freshman All-America choice by The Sporting News ... co-recipient of Duke’s Most Improved Offensive Player award ... completed 180-of-340 (.529) pass attempts for 2,134 yards with 11 touchdowns and 16 interceptions ... ranked fifth in the ACC and 69th nationally in total offense with a per game average of 171.7 yards ... ranked 10th in the ACC in passing efficiency (106.9) ... set Duke freshman record for passing yards in a season ... passing yardage total ranked first in the ACC and fifth nationally among rookies while ranking fourth on the league’s all-time chart for freshmen ... in the ACC annuals for rookie quarterbacks, the 2,134 passing yardage total trails only Florida State’s Drew Weatherford (3,208 in 2005), N.C. State’s Philip Rivers (3,054 in 2000) and Florida State’s Chris Rix (2,734 in 2001) ... season mark of 2,060 yards of total offense places sixth all-time among freshman signal-callers in ACC history behind Weatherford (3,180 in 2005), Rix (3,123 in 2001), Rivers (2,969 in 2000), Georgia Tech’s Reggie Ball (2,380 in 2003) and Georgia Tech’s Shawn Jones (2,078 in 1989) ... matched the top single-season total for touchdown passes by a true freshman in school history previously set by Ben Bennett in 1980 ... became just the fourth true freshman in Duke gridiron history to lead the team in passing yards, joining Asack (966 in 2005), Steve Slayden (1,229 in 1984) and Bennett (2,050 in 1980) ... in the ACC, ranked tied for second with five games of 200 or more yards of total offense ... in first collegiate start, threw for a season-high 305 yards at Wake Forest to post the 10th-highest single-game total in the ACC for the year ... the 305-yard effort marked the most passing yards by a Duke quarterback in a starting debut since Dave Brown threw for 444 yards against Wake Forest in 1989 ... threw for over 200 yards in five games ... had four touchdown passes in the season finale versus North Carolina, matching the second-highest single-game total in Blue Devil history ... lone rushing touchdown of the year came at Alabama ... over the last four games of the season, completed 74-of-129 (.574) passes for 834 yards and seven touchdowns.
Prior to Duke: Played at Hialeah Miami Lakes High School under coach Jerry Hughes ... all-region selection by PrepStar magazine ... charted as the 10th-best dual threat quarterback in the nation and the 60th-top overall prospect in Florida by Rivals.com ... listed as the 65th-top overall quarterback in the country by Scout.com ... as a senior, passed for 1,237 yards and 12 touchdowns against just three interceptions as team went 6-3 and advanced to the state playoffs.
Personal: Son of Renee Holmes ... born November 19, 1987.