DURHAM, N.C. - Redshirt senior quarterback Sean Renfree was named the recipient of the Carmen Falcone Most Valuable Player Award at Duke University's annual football banquet held on Friday evening in Durham, N.C.
In 2012, Renfree led the Blue Devils to the program's first bowl appearance since 1994 and finished the year having completed 297-of-441 (.673) passes for 3,113 yards with 19 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. The two-year Duke captain also received recognition for his off-field accomplishments this season by being named a National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete and the recipient of both the ACC's Jim Tatum Award and the Pop Warner National College Football Award. In addition, he was named to the AFCA's Good Works Team and is a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award.
The Scottsdale, Ariz., native owns both the school's single-season (.673 in 2012) and career (.647) records for passing accuracy while ranking second on Duke's all-time chart for total touchdown responsibility (60). Renfree's career passing yardage total stands third-highest in school history, trailing only Thaddeus Lewis (10,065) and Ben Bennett (9,614).
For his career, Renfree was 898-of-1,389 through the air for 9,465 yards with 51 touchdowns and 40 interceptions. On the ACC's all-time lists, his totals rank third for completions, tied for fourth for 300-yard passing games (11), sixth for pass completion percentage and seventh for passing yardage.
Renfree, who also earned Duke's MVP honor in 2010, was one of four recipients of the Steve Brooks Captain Award. He becomes the sixth player in school history to receive multiple MVP awards, joining Leo Hart (1969-70), Keith Stoneback (1973-74), Scottie Montgomery (1998-99), Mike Hart (2000-01) and John Talley (2005-06).
Other honorees included Jackson Anderson (Bill Keziah Award), Kenny Anunike (Frances Cutcliffe Spirit of Perseverance Award), Marcus Aprahamian (Mike Suglia Award), Jordon Byas (Ace Parker Award), Walt Canty (Steve Brooks Captain Award), Ross Cockrell (Willis Aldridge Award & Steve Brooks Captain Award), Jamison Crowder (Micah Harris Trinity Teammate Award), Jela Duncan (Bob Pascal Award), Tony Foster (Bill Keziah Award), Justin Foxx (Mike McGee Award), C.J. France (Vincent Rey Award & Sonny Falcone Iron Duke Award), Brian Moore (Dan "Tiger" Hill Award), Thomas Sirk (Sonny Falcone Iron Duke Award), Laken Tomlinson (K.D. Kennedy Iron Devil Award & Sonny Falcone Iron Duke Award), and Conner Vernon (Clarkston Hines Award & Steve Brooks Captain Award).
Anderson, a redshirt senior long snapper from Frisco, Texas, received the Bill Keziah Award for outstanding special teams play. Anderson was a key component on Duke's special teams in 2012 as kicker Ross Martin was an honorable mention All-America pick after setting a school single-season record with 106 total points while punter Will Monday received first team All-ACC honors after leading the league in punting average.
Anunike, a redshirt senior defensive end from Galena, Ohio, garnered the Frances Cutcliffe Spirit of Perseverance Award which is presented annually to the player that best displays the toughness and perseverance to overcome challenges and continue to strive for victory. Anunike, who was granted a sixth season of eligibility by the NCAA for the 2013 season, posted 44 total tackles in 2012 with a team-leading 5.0 quarterback sacks.
Aprahamian, a redshirt freshman offensive tackle from Brookfield, Wis., received the Mike Suglia Award which is presented annually to the second-year member of the Duke football program who best exemplifies the qualities of the late Mike Suglia. Suglia was an offensive lineman at Duke in 1976-77 who died suddenly during the spring of his sophomore year. He was an excellent student, an outstanding football player, and, most importantly, a young man of the highest integrity.
Byas, a redshirt senior safety from Lynn Haven, Fla., was honored with the Ace Parker Award which is presented annually to an individual who displays unparalleled commitment to the team and overcomes adversity to contribute. Parker, one of 12 former Duke players and coaches to be enshrined into the College Football Hall of Fame, was a two-time All-America pick in 1935 and 1936. Following his successful NFL career, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1972. Parker later served as an assistant coach at Duke from 1947-65. In 2012, Byas posted 83 tackles with 7.0 tackles for loss and a pair of interceptions.
Canty, a senior safety from Roebuck, S.C., served as a team captain and spearheaded Duke's defense with a team-high 109 total tackles along with 6.5 tackles for loss, four pass breakups and one interception.
Cockrell, a redshirt junior cornerback from Warsaw, N.C., was a team captain and also received the Willis Aldridge Award as the team's top defensive back. An honorable mention All-America selection and first team All-ACC pick, Cockrell led the conference in interceptions with five while posting 71 tackles, 4.0 tackles for loss and 13 pass breakups.
Crowder, a sophomore wide receiver from Monroe, N.C., was the recipient of the Micah Harris Trinity Teammate Award which is presented annually to the member of the Duke football program who displays the highest teammate qualities such as inspiration, unselfishness and commitment to the team. Micah Harris was tragically killed in an automobile accident in June of 2004, just prior to his senior year at Duke. Crowder caught 76 passes for 1,074 yards and eight touchdowns in 2012 en route to earning honorable mention All-ACC honors.
Duncan, a freshman running back from Charlotte, N.C., garnered the Bob Pascal Award as Duke's top offensive back after rushing 109 times for a team-high 553 yards and four touchdowns while catching 19 passes for an additional 89 yards.
Foster, a redshirt senior cornerback from Burlington, N.C., joined Anderson as a co-recipient of the Bill Keziah Award for special teams prowess. Foster was credited with eight tackles on coverage units and blocked one punt for a touchdown in Duke's contest against Cincinnati in the Belk Bowl.
France, a redshirt sophomore linebacker from Columbus, Ga., received the Vincent Rey Award which is presented annually to the most outstanding linebacker on the team. France posted 60 tackles on the season including a career-high 15 stops at Georgia Tech.
The Sonny Falcone Iron Duke Award is presented annually to one offensive player, one defensive player and one player in the developmental program for their year-round commitment to strength training and conditioning. These players best exemplify the strength staff's expectations with their daily effort, commitment, pride, toughness, and discipline. The 2012 recipients include France, freshman quarterback Thomas Sirk of Glen St. Mary's, Fla., and redshirt sophomore offensive guard Laken Tomlinson of Chicago, Ill.
Foxx, a redshirt junior defensive end from Charlotte, N.C., received the Mike McGee Award as the squad's top defensive lineman. Despite missing four games due to injury, Foxx posted 46 tackles and 4.5 quarterback sacks in 2012.
Moore, a redshirt senior center from Coral Gables, Fla., was honored with the Dan "Tiger" Hill Award as Duke's top offensive lineman. Playing a total of 901 snaps on the year, Moore helped the Blue Devils rank second in the ACC in sacks allowed per passing attempt.
Tomlinson also received the K.D. Kennedy Iron Devil Award which is presented annually to the player with the most snaps played. On the field for 1,048 plays in 2012, Tomlinson helped Duke post the fifth-highest scoring average in school history.
Vernon, a senior wide receiver from Miami, Fla., was a team captain and earned the Clarkston Hines Award as the team's top receiver. Vernon caught 85 passes for 1,074 yards and eight touchdowns on the year, setting a school single-season record for most pass receptions. In addition, he earned first team All-ACC honors and established league career records for pass receptions (283), receiving yardage (3,749) and most consecutive games with at least one catch (48).