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Duke's Renfree receives Jim Tatum Award

Posted November 29, 2012

Sean Renfree

— Duke senior quarterback Sean Renfree has been named the winner of the 2012 Jim Tatum Award, the Atlantic Coast Conference announced Thursday. 

The annual award honors the top senior student-athlete among the ACC's football players.

A three-year starter and team captain, Renfree led the Blue Devils to a 6-6 regular season and helped the school secure its first bowl trip since 1994. He finished the regular season with 2,755 passing yards and 18 touchdowns. 

In the classroom, Renfree graduated from Duke in December 2011 with a degree in public policy and a grade-point average of 3.4. He is now working on a graduate degree in humanities and with a 3.8 GPA. Renfree was named to the All-ACC Academic Team in 2010 and 2011. 

"What Sean Renfree has accomplished in his time at Duke University – athletically, academically and in our community – is simply incredible, “ Duke head coach David Cutcliffe said in a statement. “He comes from an outstanding family that taught him the strongest of core values, and, as I’ve said before, there are not enough Sean Renfrees in our world today."

One of the most accurate passers in the history of the ACC, Renfree ranks third in the league a with a .663 completion percentage (260 of 392) this season. That mark is on pace to set a school record, potentially breaking his own standard of .650 set in 2011. He holds or shares 14 school records and is tops on Duke's career completion percentage list as well, posting a mark of .643. 

On the ACC’s all-time charts, Renfree ranks fourth in pass completions, sixth in pass completion percentage, tied for seventh in 300-yard passing games and 9th in passing yardage.

He becomes the fourth Blue Devil to be honored with the Tatum Award, joining Scott Hamilton (1979), Chris Douglas (2003) and Brendan Dewan (2005).

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  • BenFranklin Nov 29, 10:12 p.m.

    A wonderful representative of the ACC and Duke University!

  • Dr. Feelgood Nov 29, 10:06 p.m.

    Nice accolades for a well deserving young man.

  • Gunnstigator Nov 29, 6:52 p.m.

    I agree with Coach Cut in that there way too few student-athletes like Sean Renfree in the NCAA.
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    — Posted by DurhamDevil

    Totally agree, and there are too few coaches like Coach Cut.

    Congrats to Renfree, and I hope he has a bright future.

  • ncstateforever Nov 29, 3:01 p.m.

    Congratulation to Renfree. A good student and a good athlete. I wish the best for him in his future. I sure whatever career he chooses, he'll be successful.

  • Tarheel born Nov 29, 1:56 p.m.

    Congratulations to Renfree. Well deserved.

  • DurhamDevil Nov 29, 12:29 p.m.

    I agree with Coach Cut in that there way too few student-athletes like Sean Renfree in the NCAA.

    Sean will be missed next year.

  • Sauras69 Nov 29, 12:23 p.m.

    Great young man. Super intelligent. Congratulations Renfree.

  • still heelman1973 Nov 29, 12:18 p.m.

    Congrats to Renfree. Nice honor.

  • 903 mens national championships Nov 29, 12:11 p.m.

    Renfree graduated from Duke in December of 2011 with a degree in public policy with a 3.4 grade... View More

    The epitome of student-athlete. Sean, Congratulations and thanks for everything you have done and will continue doing for Duke.

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