Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Duke’s Renfree Wins Tatum Award

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Duke senior quarterback Sean Renfree has been named the recipient of the 2012 Jim Tatum Award, ACC Commissioner John Swofford announced late last week.

The Tatum Award is given annually in memory of the late Jim Tatum to the top senior student-athlete (in athletic eligibility) among the league's football players. Tatum, a two-time ACC Coach of the Year, coached in the fifties at both Maryland and North Carolina and believed strongly in the concept of the student-athlete. 

A three-year starter and two-year team captain, Renfree has led Duke to a 6-6 record this season and bowl eligibility for the first time since 1994. 

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

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. He also ranks among Duke's all-time top five in pass completions (2nd; 861), passing touchdowns (5th; 50), passing efficiency (2nd; 127.98), passing yards (4th; 9,107) and 300-yard passing games (tied for 2nd; 10).

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.

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