DURHAM, N.C. – Former Duke football standout Perry Simmons was named the recipient of the University Scholar Athlete award by the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame, Inc., presented at the Bill Dooley Triangle East Chapter of North Carolina annual awards dinner held Wednesday on the N.C. Central University campus in Durham.
An offensive tackle from Raleigh, N.C., Simmons received a host of academic honors in 2013, earning recognition as an NFF Scholar-Athlete, an Academic All-America first team selection and the ACC Jim Tatum Award. He is a two-time Academic All-America selection, a four-time All-ACC Academic Football Team honoree and a five-time member of the ACC Academic Honor Roll.
Simmons was a fixture of the Duke offensive line throughout his career, starting 50 consecutive games at right tackle. He started every game of his playing career until suffering a season-ending knee injury in the 2013 Dr Pepper ACC Championship Game against No. 1 Florida State on Dec. 7. In 2013, he helped pave the way for a Duke offense that set a school record for touchdowns and was a key component of a Duke team that won a school-record 10 games and the ACC Coastal Division on the way to earning a berth in the Chick-fil-A Bowl on New Year’s Eve.
Past Duke winners of the University Scholar Athlete honor include Lennie Friedman (1999), Sims Lenhardt (2000), Spencer Romine (2001), Ben Erdeljac (2002), Jaymon Small (2003), Chris Douglas (2004), Giuseppe Aguanno (2005), Brendan Dewan (2006), Eli Nichols (2007), Patrick Bailey (2008), Ryan Wood (2009), Brett Huffman (2010), Vincent Rey (2010), Bryan Morgan (2011), Matt Daniels (2012) and Sean Renfree (2013).