Renfree is one of 29 players named to the list including fellow ACC quarterbacks Tajh Boyd of Clemson, Mike Glennon of N.C. State, E.J. Manuel of Florida State, Bryn Renner of North Carolina and Logan Thomas of Virginia Tech.
Candidates for the Golden Arm Award must be completing their college eligibility or be a fourth-year junior, on schedule to graduate with his class. Candidates are judged upon character, citizenship, scholastic achievement, leadership qualities, and athletic accomplishments - qualities that embody the prestige of this award.
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.
Proceeds from the Golden Arm Awards help to support the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation. The Foundation provides financial assistance to underprivileged and deserving young scholar-athletes throughout Maryland and Kentucky.
The namesake of the Golden Arm Award has a storied history. Johnny Unitas was an 18-year veteran of the NFL, who played his collegiate career at the University of Louisville before joining the Baltimore Colts in 1958. His career passing figures include 2,830 pass completions for 40,239 yards, 290 touchdowns and one that may stand forever - throwing a touchdown pass in 47 consecutive games.
Unitas was inducted into Pro Football's Hall of Fame in 1979. Further, the Hall of Fame, in commemorations of the NFL's 25th, 50th, and 75th anniversaries selected Unitas as the top quarterback of all-time. In turn-of-the-century listings, he was named to Sports Illustrated's list of top 10 athletes, Time Magazine's list of 10 most influential athletes, and ESPN's series on the 50 greatest athletes of the century.