DURHAM — In the past week, Duke quarterback Sean Renfree has engineered a game-winning drive to give Duke a bowl birth for the first time since 1994 and received two awards for his on and off-the-field accomplishments.
Wednesday, Renfree was named one of 15 recipients of the National Football Foundation National Scholar-Athlete Award, which comes with a $18,000 postgraduate scholarship. Renfree is also a finalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy, awarded to the top scholar-athlete in the nation. He and coach David Cutcliffe will go to New York on Dec. 4 for the presentation.
“I am definitely fortunate,” Renfree said. “I’m also fortunate to have coaches that push my name in there and act as an advocate on my part.”
Last week, Renfree was named one of 10 finalist for the Senior CLASS award, and he was selected to the 11-member American Football Coaches Association Good works team, where he will represent Duke at the Sugar Bowl. Alabama offensive lineman Barrett Jones is the only other athlete to make all three lists.
Renfree is a three-year starter for Duke. He is the most accurate signal caller in school history and ranks among the top five in school history in pass completions, passing touchdowns, completion percentage, passing efficiency and passing yards.
A fifth-year senior, Renfree graduated from Duke in May with a degree in public policy. He is currently pursuing a graduate degree in humanities and boasts a 3.814 GPA in that program. Renfree is a two-time member of the All-ACC Academic Team and a four-time selection to the ACC Academic Honor Roll.
When asked how he would use his NFF scholarship money, Renfree said he was considering completing a post-baccalaureate premedical program so he could apply to medical school. Laura Keeley
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CSCAA Men’s rankings: North Carolina is ninth and N.C. State is 14th in the initial College Swimming Coaches Association of America rankings. Duke also received votes but were unranked. Florida was the unanimous, No. 1 selection.