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Duke's Two-Quarterback System

Last year, Virginia Tech played Tyrod Taylor and Sean Glennon at quarterback. This year, Duke has used two quarterbacks.

The Blue Devils have used Thaddeus Lewis and Sean Renfree to lead a passing offense that ranks 25th nationally through four games, including two against division I-AA opponents. Duke (2-2) hosts No. 6 Virginia Tech (3-1, 1-0) on Saturday.

“I think both those kids are talented,” Coach Frank Beamer said. “They’re good quarterbacks.”

Lewis, a senior, is a veteran and his 52 passing touchdowns are three shy of matching Duke’s career record, held by Ben Bennett. Lewis is the active leader in the ACC. But on Sept. 12 against Army, Renfree replaced Lewis in the third quarter and then led Duke to a come-from-behind victory, 35-19, in his collegiate debut.

Duke Coach David Cutcliffe sought to end talk about a quarterback controversy by saying “Thad’s our quarterback” and naming him the starter before the Kansas game on Sept. 19.

But since the Army game, Lewis and Renfree have shared responsibilities. Lewis has led 39 drives this season, while Renfree has led 13.

Through four games, Lewis has thrown for 783 yards with five touchdowns and two interceptions, completing 58.5 percent of his passes. He is the Blue Devils big-play threat with his arm, and occasionally with his legs. He has eight passes of 20 or more yards this season, and one run of 21 yards.

Renfree, a redshirt freshman, has thrown for 286 yards with four touchdowns and one interception, completing 67.4 percent of his passes.

By Mark Viera  |  October 2, 2009; 3:46 PM ET
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