Sean Renfree was named the recipient of the Carmen Falcone Most Valuable Player Award at Duke University’s annual football banquet held on Saturday evening in Durham, N.C.DURHAM, N.C. – Redshirt sophomore quarterback
A native of Scottsdale, Ariz., Renfree completed 285-of-464 (.614) pass attempts for 3,131 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2010 as the Blue Devils ranked second in the ACC in passing offense. In the ACC, Renfree ranked second in total offensive yards per game (257.0), second in pass completion percentage, third in passing yards per game (260.9), sixth in touchdown passes and seventh in pass efficiency rating (120.7).
On the school’s single-season charts, Renfree’s 2010 totals rank tied for second for most 200-yard passing games (9), third for passing yards, third for pass completions, third for pass attempts, third for most 300-yard passing games (5), fifth for pass completion percentage, 10th for pass efficiency rating and 10th for average yards per attempt (6.75).
Renfree enjoyed his finest day as a Blue Devil on October 30 in Annapolis, Md., when he guided Duke to a 34-31 win over Navy. Against the Midshipmen, he established a school single-game record for pass completion percentage by hitting on 28-of-30 (.933) throws for 314 yards and one touchdown while rushing for two additional scores. In addition, Renfree matched the school record for consecutive pass completions (16) in the victory. He also threw for 300 or more yards versus Elon (350), Wake Forest (358), Maryland (351) and Georgia Tech (334) and contributed four rushing touchdowns on the year.
Other honorees included Matt Daniels (Outstanding Defensive Back), Patrick Egboh (Outstanding Defensive Lineman), Kyle Hill (Iron Devil Award), Abraham Kromah (Captain Award & Outstanding Linebacker), Bryan Morgan (Captain Award, Ace Parker Award & Outstanding Offensive Lineman), Chris Rwabukamba (Captain Award & Micah Harris Trinity Teammate Award), Desmond Scott (Outstanding Offensive Back), Perry Simmons (Mike Suglia Award), Will Snyderwine (Outstanding Special Teams Player) and Conner Vernon (Outstanding Receiver).
Daniels, a junior safety from Fayetteville, Ga., finished second on the team with 93 tackles while ranking sixth in the ACC with his 7.8 tackles per game average. In addition, he added 6.0 tackles for loss, seven pass breakups, two fumble recoveries and a league-high three caused fumbles.
Egboh, a senior defensive end from Mesquite, Texas, carded 62 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss and a team-best 4.5 quarterback sacks in 2010.
Hill, a redshirt junior offensive tackle from Orlando, Fla., received the Iron Devil Award which is presented annually to the player with the most snaps played. On the field for 918 plays in 2010, Hill helped Duke rank second in the conference in passing and third among ACC teams in sacks allowed per pass attempt.
Kromah, a redshirt senior from Staten Island, N.Y., and honorable mention All-ACC selection, led the Blue Devils in tackles with 129 while finishing second in the ACC in tackles per game (10.8). His 129 stops stands as the 20th-best single-season total in school history.
Morgan, a senior center from Hoover, Ala., garnered 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 11 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. Morgan was a three-year starter at center for the Blue Devils and played over 2,900 snaps in his career.
Rwabukamba, a redshirt senior cornerback from Windsor, Ontario, Canada, 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. Rwabukamba logged 51 tackles, four pass breakups and one interception during the 2010 campaign.
Scott, a sophomore running back from Durham, N.C., rushed 120 times for a team-best 530 yards with three touchdowns in 2010 while catching 34 passes out of the backfield for an additional 266 yards. He ranked eighth in the ACC in all-purpose yards per game (90.2).
Simmons, a redshirt freshman from Raleigh, N.C., 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. Simmons started all 12 contests at right tackle in 2010.
Snyderwine, a redshirt junior from Potomac, Md., set a school single-season record with 21 field goals en route to scoring a team-leading 95 points. An All-America selection by both the American Football Coaches Association (1st team) and Walter Camp Foundation (2nd team), he ranked among the ACC leaders in field goals per game (1st; 1.75), PAT percentage (1st; 1.000), total points per game (5th; 7.9) and field goal percentage (5th; .875).
Vernon, a sophomore wide receiver from Miami, Fla., had 73 pass receptions for 973 yards and four touchdowns in 2010 to lead the Blue Devils in all three categories. In the ACC, he ranked first in receptions per game (6.08), third in receiving yards per game (81.1) and fifth in all-purpose yards per game (96.3). Vernon was a second team All-ACC selection.
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