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Renfree Named to O'Brien Award Watch List
Thursday 07/18/2012  -  Duke Sports Information
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DURHAM, N.C. -- Duke redshirt senior quarterback Sean Renfree has been named to the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award® Watch List, announced on Wednesday by the Davey O'Brien Foundation.  The award is presented annually to the top quarterback in the nation.
 
The list, which was compiled by a subset of the Davey O'Brien National Selection Committee, features 34 of the nation's best college quarterbacks who were selected based on player performance during the previous year and expectations heading into the 2012 college football season. 
 
A 6-5, 225-pound native of Scottsdale, Ariz., Renfree enters the 2012 season as the ACC's most experienced passer. He has started 23 games during his Duke career while throwing for 6,352 yards, both of which are the highest totals among active ACC signal callers. In his third season as Duke's starting quarterback, Renfree is on the cusp of breaking several school records and already holds Duke's all-time completion percentage record with a career mark of .634 (601-of-948). Renfree also ranks among Duke's top six in passing efficiency (124.49, 2nd), passing yards (5th), pass completions (601, 5th), pass attempts (948, 5th), touchdown-to-interception ratio (1.07:1, 5th) and touchdown passes (32, 6th).
 
Renfree finished the 2011 season with a 2,891 passing yards, 14 touchdowns and 11 interceptions while completing 65.0 percent of his passes (282-of-434). He also scored four times on the ground and ranked among the top three in the ACC in passing yardage, completions, completion percentage, pass attempts and total offense. Nationally, he ranked 23rd in completions, 26th in completion percentage and 26th in pass attempts.
 
Joining Renfree on the O'Brien Watch List are Ryan Aplin (Arkansas State), Matt Barkley (USC), Tajh Boyd (Clemson), Tyler Bray (Tennessee), Teddy Bridgewater (Louisville), Alex Carder (Western Michigan), Derek Carr (Fresno State), B.J. Daniels (USF), Seth Doege (Texas Tech), Cody Fajardo (Nevada), James Franklin (Missouri), Mike Glennon (N.C. State), Landry Jones (Oklahoma), Collin Klein (Kansas State), EJ Manuel (Florida State), Taylor Martinez (Nebraska), AJ McCarron (Alabama), Braxton Miller (Ohio State), Aaron Murray (Georgia), Riley Nelson (BYU), Casey Pachall (TCU), Keith Price (Washington), Bryn Renner (North Carolina), Denard Robinson (Michigan), Nathan Scheelhaase (Illinois), Connor Shaw (South Carolina), Geno Smith (West Virginia), Trent Steelman (Army), Tyler Tettleton (Ohio), Logan Thomas (Virginia Tech), Jeff Tuel (Washington St), James Vandenberg (Iowa) and Tyler Wilson (Arkansas).
 
Appearing on the Watch List is not a requirement for a player to win the Davey O'Brien Award. Quarterbacks from all 124 NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) schools are eligible for the award until the field is narrowed to 16 semifinalists on Monday, Oct. 22. The Foundation and the Selection Committee will announce three finalists on Monday, Nov. 19. The 2012 Davey O'Brien Winner will be announced on The Home Depot College Football Awards on Thursday, Dec. 6.
 
The 36th Annual Davey O'Brien Awards Dinner will be held Feb. 18, 2013 in Fort Worth, Texas.

The Blue Devils open the 2012 season with a home contest against FIU on Saturday, Sept. 1, at 7 p.m. Duke season tickets are available online at www.GoDuke.com/tickets or by calling the Duke Athletic Ticket Office at 919-681-BLUE.
 
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