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Three Blue Devils Earn ACC Player of the Week Honors
Sunday 10/22/2012  -  Duke Sports Information
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DURHAM, N.C. -Duke redshirt senior quarterback Sean Renfree, redshirt junior offensive tackle Perry Simmons and freshman running back Jela Duncan have earned ACC Player of the Week honors following the Blue Devils' 33-30 victory over North Carolina, the ACC Office announced on Monday.

A native of Scottsdale, Ariz., Renfree garnered ACC Offensive Back of the Week honors after completing 23-of-36 passes for 276 yards and one touchdown in Saturday's come from behind win. With Duke trailing the Tar Heels, 30-26, and 3:06 left in regulation, Renfree engineered the game-winning drive, connecting on 8-of-11 pass attempts for 78 yards, including third-down gains of 29 and 15 yards to wide receiver Conner Vernon. He found receiver Jamison Crowder in the end zone on a five-yard strike with 13 seconds remaining to send the Blue Devils to victory and bowl eligibility for the first time since 1994.

Renfree has totaled 1,793 passing yards and 11 touchdowns this season and has completed 20 or more passes in seven consecutive games. He has also thrown for 200 or more yards in 25 career games to equal the top total in Duke history held by Ben Bennett. Following Saturday's win, he pushed his career passing yardage total to 8,145 to move into 17th place on the ACC's all-time list.

Simmons was named the ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week by helping the Blue Devils accumulate 510 yards of total offense against a North Carolina defense that entered the week ranking third in the ACC in total defense. A product of Raleigh, N.C., Simmons played all 89 offensive snaps in Saturday's win and was a key component of an offensive front that allowed only one quarterback sack and opened holes for a ground attack that amassed 234 yards - the highest output of the David Cutcliffe era.

Duncan received ACC Rookie of the Week recognition after totaling 118 all-purpose yards and scoring one touchdown in the win. The freshman from Charlotte, N.C., rushed 22 times for 74 yards, hauled in three passes for 12 yards and returned two kickoffs for 32 yards. On Duke's game-winning, 14-play, 87-yard drive, Duncan converted a 3rd-and-6 from the North Carolina 19 yard line with a six-yard reception.  In addition, Duncan's two-yard touchdown run was his third rushing score in the last four games.

Other weekly award winners were NC State's Bryan Underwood (Receiver), NC State's T.Y. McGill (Defensive Lineman), Florida State's Telvin Smith (Linebacker), Clemson's Jonathan Meeks (Defensive Back) and NC State's Niklas Sade (Specialist).

The Blue Devils travel to Tallahassee, Fla., Saturday to face Florida State at 3:30 p.m. at Bobby Bowden Field at Doak S. Campbell Stadium. 


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