Thaddeus Lewis named National Offensive Player of the Week

Lewis speaks with the media after leading Duke to win on the road at N.C. State
Lewis speaks with the media after leading Duke to win on the road at N.C. State

DURHAM, N.C. – Duke quarterback Thaddeus Lewis has been named the Walter Camp Foundation’s National Offensive Player of the Week after leading the Blue Devils to a 49-28 win over N.C. State.  Lewis completed a school single-game record 40-of-50 passes for 459 yards and five touchdowns in the victory over the Wolfpack.

A senior from Opa-Locka, Fla., Lewis accounted for six total touchdowns while engineering the Duke offense to 502 total yards against an N.C. State defense that entered the week ranking first in the ACC in total defense by allowing 239.2 yards per game.  His 459 passing yards mark the fourth-highest single-game total in school history and, with the five scoring tosses, he became Duke’s all-time leader in touchdown passes with 59, breaking the previous record of 55 held by Ben Bennett (1980-83).

Nebraska’s Ndamukong Suh earned defensive player of the week honors from the organization.

Walter Camp, “The Father of American football,” first selected an All-America team in 1889. Camp – a former Yale University athlete and football coach is also credited with developing play from scrimmage, set plays, the numerical assessment of goals and tries and the restriction of play to eleven men per side. The Walter Camp Football Foundation – a New Haven-based all-volunteer group – was founded in 1967 to perpetuate the ideals of Camp and to continue the tradition of selecting annually an All-America team.