Duke quarterback Sean Renfree will leave as one of the most prolific passers in school history. Credit: CHRIS SEWARD
Duke quarterback Sean Renfree has been selected as one of the 10 finalist for the Senior CLASS award, which considers excellence in the community, classroom, character and competition, the school announced in a release Thursday.
Off the field, Renfree has already earned his undergraduate degree from Duke in public policy and is currently pursuing a graduate degree in humanities. He boasts a 3.814 grade point average in his graduate program, is a two-time member of the All-ACC Academic Football Team and a four-time selection to the ACC Academic Honor Roll. He volunteers with several organizations, including the Duke Children's Hospital, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Read with the Blue Devils and the Durham Rescue Mission. Earlier this season, he was one of 11 players selected to the AFCA Good Works Team.
On the field, 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. This year, he is 141-of-202 for 1,517 yards with 10 touchdowns and six interceptions. When he sat out the Virginia game with an elbow injury, Renfree spent the day helping and passing along advice to his backup, Anthony Boone.
"Sean cares about one thing: winning football games," Duke head coach David Cutcliffe said earlier this year while Renfree was hurt. "Sean Renfree is our captain, he’s our starter, he is a great team player, a great football player."
The other finalists are Ryan Aplin (Arkansas State), Johnthan Banks (Mississippi State), Matt Barkley (USC), Duron Harmon (Rutgers), Barrett Jones (Alabama), Landry Jones (Oklahoma), Collin Klein (Kansas State), Adam Replogle (Indiana) and Manti Te'o (Notre Dame). Fan voting can be done online at seniorclassaward.com until Dec. 3. Those votes will be combined with votes cast by the media and coaches to determine the winner.