Oghobaase & Lewis Head To NFL Combine

Vince Oghobaase

DURHAM, N.C. – Former Duke quarterback Thaddeus Lewis and defensive tackle Vince Oghobaase will travel to Indianapolis, Ind., this week to participate in the annual NFL Scouting Combine that begins on Wednesday and runs through March 2.

A total of 329 draft-eligible players were invited to the event.

"This is certainly an exciting week for Thad and Vince," said Duke head coach David Cutcliffe. "They've worked hard to put themselves in this position, and now they have a tremendous opportunity in front of them. I know they will be terrific representatives of their families and Duke University. We wish nothing but the best for both of them."

Activities for quarterbacks open on Thursday with pre-physical exams and x-rays as well as interviews with NFL team personnel. On Friday, the signal-callers will undergo measurements (height, weight, arms & hands), physical exams, the Wonderlic Test and continue interviews with NFL team personnel. A meeting with the NFL Players Association, along with additional time for the Wonderlic Test and team interviews, is scheduled for Saturday while Sunday features workouts that include the 40-yard dash, 3-cone drill, 20-yard and 60-yard shuttles, bench press, vertical jump and broad jump.

The defensive linemen will have a similar schedule running from Friday to Monday.

Lewis, a native of Opa-Locka, Fla., closed out an outstanding career with 54 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 led the ACC in 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 both 2008 and 2009, is Duke's first two-time all-conference quarterback since Ben Bennett captured first squad honors in both 1982 and 1983.

"I'm going (to Indianapolis) on Wednesday," Lewis said. "I'm looking forward to it. I'm thankful for this chance; now it's time to make the most of the opportunity."

Lewis was one of 19 quarterbacks invited to the combine.

Oghobaase, a native of 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.

"I'm looking forward to showing scouts that I am worthy of being drafted," said Oghobaase. "I have been working hard for the last month in workouts so that I can prove I am healthy and my body is in good shape. Hopefully everything will fall into place on draft day."

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