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Duke's Simmons, Cutcliffe earn national honors

Posted December 5, 2013

Duke offensive lineman Perry Simmons smiles wide for the camera at Photo Day.

— Duke redshirt senior Perry Simmons was named the recipient of the 2013 Jim Tatum Award and head coach David Cuttcliffe was honored as the 2013 National Coach of the Year by the Walter Camp Foundation Thursday.

Simmons, a 6-foot-5, 300-pound right tackle, is the second straight Duke player and sixth overall to receive the Tatum Award, given annually to the top senior student-athlete among the league's football players. He was also named a first-team academic All-American Thursday.

Simmons, a Raleigh native, owns a 3.83 grade point average as a civil engineering major. He has started all 49 games of his collegiate career at right tackle for the Blue Devils, a streak that is the longest among any active player in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Simmons is the sixth Duke player to earn multiple Academic All-America honors and the seventh to receive first team honors.

Now in his sixth year at Duke, Cutcliffe has guided the Blue Devils to a 10-2 record this season including the ACC’s Coastal Division championship. The 10 wins are the most in school history as the Blue Devils are ranked No. 20 as they enter the ACC Championship game against No. 1 Florida State Saturday.

“Coach Cutcliffe is more of a mentor than a coach to me and the rest of my teammates,” redshirt junior quarterback and team captain Anthony Boone said. “It’s been great, just learning how to be a better quarterback and a better man. What makes him special is that he actually cares; that he’s a genuine guy. Everything he says, you can take to heart.”

Earlier this week, Cutcliffe was named the ACC Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season and named a finalist for the Maxwell National Coach of the Year joining Gus Malzahn of Auburn and Gary Pinkel of Missouri.

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  • DUKE4EVER Dec 6, 2:19 p.m.

    awards on Thursday, get beat by 50 on Saturday.

    — Posted by abcersimback

    zero awards, no game on Saturday......

    — Posted by DEVILS1

    Dang right!

    GO DUKE!!

  • DEVILS1 Dec 6, 9:29 a.m.

    awards on Thursday, get beat by 50 on Saturday.

    — Posted by abcersimback

    zero awards, no game on Saturday......

  • PricelessGemUNC Dec 6, 7:53 a.m.

    As a UNC alum, I want to offer my sincere congratulations to Duke and Coach Cutcliffe...I grew... View More

    — Posted by spitfire49

    Where did this old timer come from? Hey, Was Jesus cool?

    — Posted by PricelessGemUNC

    You certainly prove that you don't have enough old-timers in your life by the nature of your... View More

    — Posted by spitfire49

    Ok old man you are cool!

  • spitfire49 Dec 6, 6:38 a.m.

    As a UNC alum, I want to offer my sincere congratulations to Duke and Coach Cutcliffe...I grew... View More

    — Posted by spitfire49

    Where did this old timer come from? Hey, Was Jesus cool?

    — Posted by PricelessGemUNC

    You certainly prove that you don't have enough old-timers in your life by the nature of your comments, particularly the one that was so tasteless, and now removed. Guess you can't read either...from Durham, County now retired to the sunny high desert of So. New Mexico to get away from nitwits like you.

  • SHSon Dec 6, 1:58 a.m.

    Perry Simmons is a High Honors Graduate of Sanderson High School. He is a true student athlete. The school is very proud of what he has accomplished in the classroom and on the field. Very impressive young man with a bright future.

  • PricelessGemUNC Dec 5, 8:00 p.m.

    As a UNC alum, I want to offer my sincere congratulations to Duke and Coach Cutcliffe...I grew... View More

    — Posted by spitfire49

    Where did this old timer come from? Hey, Was Jesus cool?

  • spitfire49 Dec 5, 7:33 p.m.

    As a UNC alum, I want to offer my sincere congratulations to Duke and Coach Cutcliffe...I grew up in Durham watching the Blue Devils during their last era of decent, consistent football...mid to late '50s, and am glad to have them back...and frankly cheer for them in every game except the UNC game...well done and well deserved indeed!

  • rfred16 Dec 5, 5:27 p.m.

    awards on Thursday, get beat by 50 on Saturday.

    — Posted by abcersimback

    tisk, tisk, tisk.....your jealousy doesn't become you....I had rather be Coastal Champs and lose... View More

    — Posted by rfred16

    LMAO! i didn't say 40 i said 50. if you're going to get offensive at least quote me... View More

    — Posted by abcersimback

    Not offensive at all, just helping you face your reality.....though glad it somehow created a good laugh for you...I think Duke could lose by 40, but I also think Duke has a chance to keep it close...Heck, N.C. State beat FSU last year or the year before....I've seen stranger things happen...

  • abcersimback Dec 5, 4:26 p.m.

    awards on Thursday, get beat by 50 on Saturday.

    — Posted by abcersimback

    tisk, tisk, tisk.....your jealousy doesn't become you....I had rather be Coastal Champs and lose... View More

    — Posted by rfred16

    LMAO! i didn't say 40 i said 50. if you're going to get offensive at least quote me correctly.

  • rfred16 Dec 5, 4:18 p.m.

    WOW - Very impressive awards. For Simmons to have that GPA in engineering as well as being a... View More

    — Posted by Gunnstigator

    You are always classy and objective jgunn....and a breath of fresh air the few times over the years I check out these boards...Good luck to your Tarheels!

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