Perry Simmons was named Ronald McDonald House Charities Duke Student-Athlete of the week after playing a key role in Duke's 33-30 win over North Carolina on Saturday. Simmons, the starting right tackle, played all 91 offensive snaps to help the Blue Devils compile 510 yards of total offense. He paved the way for a Duke running game that amassed 234 rushing yards against a North Carolina defense that entered the game ranked 22nd nationally in total defense and 14th nationally in rushing defense.
With Simmons anchoring the offensive line, Duke had three running backs rush for at least 60 yards on the night. He also assisted in the protection of quarterback Sean Renfree, who completed 23-of-36 passes for 276 yards and one touchdown in the victory while being sacked just once. Simmons played a key role in Duke's game-winning, fourth-quarter touchdown drive that covered 87 yards in 2:53 and ended with Renfree's five-yard touchdown pass to Jamison Crowder with 13 seconds remaining.
The win over North Carolina was Duke's sixth of the season, making the Blue Devils bowl-eligible for the first time since 1994. Simmons and the Blue Devils will look to improve on their 6-2 record and stay atop the ACC standings this Saturday with a road contest at Florida State in Tallahassee, Fla.