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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  • StunGunn Dec 5, 2013

    WOW - Very impressive awards. For Simmons to have that GPA in engineering as well as being a four-year starter for Duke's football team is remarkable. Sincere congratulations to both Simmons and Coach Cut, both recipients are very deserving.

  • Objective Scientist Dec 5, 2013

    OUTSTANDING! Simmons is a true STUDENT-athlete and exemplifies that being both a VERY GOOD student and a VERY GOOD athlete is not mutually exclusive!

  • rfred16 Dec 5, 2013

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    Couldn't agree more!!

  • 903 Hook em banned Dec 5, 2013

    it's especially impressive that Simmons is doing this while in Engineering school.

    As some of you all know, my dad taught in the Engineering school and I know from first hand experience, athletes in Engineering school do not get special treatment...

  • jmcdow2792 Dec 5, 2013

    This is good. Maybe we will see more of this type thing in the future. Hope so.

  • abcersimback Dec 5, 2013

    awards on Thursday, get beat by 50 on Saturday.

  • rfred16 Dec 5, 2013

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    tisk, tisk, tisk.....your jealousy doesn't become you....I had rather be Coastal Champs and lose by 40 than, say, be one of the other teams in the Coastal division that didn't earn a spot in the Championship. By the way, are'nt you the guy that dared me to show up on the boards after the UNC game??? Same guy that said Duke wouldn't win another game after the State win? If not, you are still in the same boat with those few UNC folks that are left to nothing but immature whining, name calling, pouting, etc...Just deal with it...Duke has now beaten you two games in a row in football, and 3 games in a row in basketball....I'm sure things will get better for UNC, but I can understand your current state of mind...really, I can..

  • rfred16 Dec 5, 2013

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    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!

  • abcersimback Dec 5, 2013

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

  • rfred16 Dec 5, 2013

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    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...




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