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13 Blue Devils Named to Academic All-ACC Football Team
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 02/17/2011
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DURHAM, N.C. – Led by All-America placekicker Will Snyderwine, Duke landed a league-high 13 selections on the 2010 Academic All-ACC Football team announced by the conference office on Thursday morning.

Snyderwine was one of six repeat picks from Duke, joining Lee Butler, Matt Daniels, Kyle Hill, Brian Moore and Chris Rwabukamba.  Also representing the Blue Devils were Kelby Brown, Ross Cockrell, Dave Harding, Cooper Helfet, Sean Renfree, Perry Simmons and Donovan Varner.

To be eligible for consideration, a student-athlete must have earned a 3.00 grade point average for the previous semester and maintained a 3.00 cumulative average during his academic career. The league has selected an Academic All-ACC Football team every year since 1954.

Duke’s 13 selections led the conference, followed by Clemson (6), Virginia Tech (5), Boston College (4), Florida State (4), Georgia Tech (4), Maryland (4), North Carolina (4), Miami (3), Wake Forest (3), N.C. State (1) and Virginia (1).

Brown, a linebacker from Matthews, N.C., earned Freshman All-America honors last fall after posting 63 total tackles and leading the nation in fumble recoveries per game (0.44).  Butler, a safety from Anderson, S.C., started all 12 games in 2010 and finished with 58 tackles while ranking fifth in the ACC in punt return average (8.6).

Cockrell, a cornerback from Waxhaw, N.C., garnered Freshman All-America accolades after carding 60 tackles and a team-best three interceptions while Daniels, a safety from Fayetteville, Ga., ranked among the conference leaders in both tackles per game (6th; 7.75) and caused fumbles per game (t2nd; 0.25).

Harding, an offensive guard from Orlando, Fla., was a Freshman All-America choice after playing 648 snaps and helping Duke rank third in the league in sacks allowed per passing attempt.  A tight end from Kentfield, Calif., Helfet received All-ACC honors after catching 34 passes for 380 yards and two touchdowns while Hill, an offensive tackle from Orlando, Fla., played more snaps (918) than any Blue Devil as the Duke offense produced its highest yards per game average since 1989.

Moore, an offensive lineman from Coral Gables, Fla., started all 12 games at guard for the second straight season as Duke nearly tripled its rushing touchdown total from 2009.  Renfree, a quarterback from Scottsdale, Ariz., became just the fourth player in Duke history to throw for 3,000 or more yards in a single season while ranking among the league leaders in completions per game (1st; 23.75), total offensive yards per game (t2nd; 257.0), passing yards per game (3rd; 260.9) and touchdown passes (t6th; 14).

Rwabukamba, a cornerback from Windsor, Ontario, Canada, logged 51 tackles in his final season as a Blue Devil while Simmons, an offensive tackle from Raleigh, N.C., was a Freshman All-America pick after starting all 12 games and helping Duke rank second in the ACC in passing. 

Snyderwine was a first team All-America choice by the American Football Coaches Association after booting a school single-season record 21 field goals and leading the league in field goals per game (1.75).  A wide receiver from Miami, Fla., Varner caught 60 passes for 736 yards to rank among the conference leaders in both receptions per game (4th; 5.00) and receiving yards per game (8th; 61.3).
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