Duke's Simmons, Cutcliffe earn national honors
Posted December 5, 2013
Durham, N.C. — 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.