Redshirt senior quarterback Sean Renfree received the Carmen Falcone Most Valuable Player Award at Duke’s annual football banquet Friday evening. Renfree led the Blue Devils to their first bowl appearance since 1994, completing 67.3 percent of his passes for 3,113 yards with 19 touchdowns and 10 interceptions during the 2012 season. The Scottsdale, Ariz. native is currently rehabbing from an injury he suffered in Duke’s Belk Bowl loss to Cincinnati Dec. 27, 2012. He had surgery the following day to repair a torn pectoral muscle.
A two-year captain, Renfree received a number of conference and national honors during his final season at Duke, being named a National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete and receiving the ACC’s Jim Tatum Award and Pop Warner National College Football Award. He is also a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award and was named to the AFCA’s Good Works Team.
Renfree also earned Duke’s MVP award in 2010, becoming just the sixth player in program history to receive the honor twice. The Blue Devils honored a host of their most accomplished players with awards last night, here are some of the highlights:
- Long snapper Jackson Anderson received the Bell Keziah Award for outstanding special teams play. He helped freshman kicker Ross Martin earn honorable mention All-America honors and redshirt freshman punter Will Monday earn All-ACC honors this season.
- Defensive end Kenny Anunike earned the Frances Cutcliffe Spirit of Perseverance Award.
- Cornerback Ross Cockrell received the Willis Aldridge Award as the team’s top defensive back after leading the conference with five interceptions.
- Wide Receiver Jamison Crowder received the Micah Harris Trinity Teammate Award.
- Running back Jela Duncan earned the Bob Pascal Award as the team’s top offensive back.
- Linebacker C.J. France, quarterback Thomas Sirk and guard Laken Tomlinson received the Sonny Falcone Iron Duke Award for their year-round commitment to strength and conditioning.
- Defensive end Justin Foxx received the Mike McGee award as Duke’s top defensive lineman.
- Center Brian Moore received the Dan “Tiger” Hill Award as Duke’s top offensive lineman.
- Wide receiver Conner Vernon received the Clarkston Hines Award as the team’s top wide receiver after setting a school record with 85 receptions during his senior season.