DURHAM, N.C. - Duke
redshirt senior Sean Renfree is one of four finalists chosen for the Pop Warner
National College Football Award, an accolade presented by Pop Warner Little
Scholars, Inc. that honors a Pop Warner alumnus who has made a difference on
the field, in the classroom and in his community.
Renfree, a three-year starter and two-year team captain,
is a Pop Warner alumnus that also received recognition as a National Football
Foundation Scholar-Athlete, a member of the AFCA Good Works Team and a finalist
for the Senior CLASS Award. A native of Scottsdale, Ariz., Renfree has led Duke
to a 6-4 record this season and bowl eligibility for the first time since 1994.
"I feel very honored to be a finalist for the Pop Warner
National College Football Award," Renfree said. "This award is especially
meaningful to me because of the tremendous impact the Pop Warner organization
had on the beginning of my football career and sports in general."
Joining Renfree as finalists are Miami running back Mike
James, Connecticut wide receiver Nick Williams and Michigan offensive lineman
Renfree is one of the most accurate passers in the ACC,
ranking third in the league and tied for 16th nationally with a .673 completion
percentage (200-of-297). That mark would also set a new school record, breaking
his own mark of .650 set in 2011. Renfree is tops on Duke's career completion
percentage list as well, posting a mark of .643. He also ranks among Duke's
all-time top five in pass completions (801), passing touchdowns (44), passing
efficiency (127.25), passing yards (8,477) and 300-yard passing games (9).
In the classroom, Renfree is pursuing a graduate degree
in humanities. He owns a 3.81 grade point average in his graduate program and was
recently named to the Capital One Academic All-District III Team. He earned his
undergraduate degree in public policy and is a four-time member of the ACC
Academic Honor Roll and a two-time selection to the All-ACC Academic Football
Renfree is also active in the Durham community, volunteering
his time with numerous community service projects, including the Duke
Children's Hospital, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Read with the Blue
Devils, Durham Rescue Mission, the MLK "Million Meals" Event and
The Pop Warner National College Football Award is
presented during the annual Pop Warner Super Bowl at the ESPN Wide World of
Sports Complex at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla. The inaugural award was
presented to former University of Nebraska and current New York Giants'
defensive back Prince Amukamara. In 2011, the award was presented to University
of Virginia and current Washington Redskins' cornerback Chase Minnifield.
"To play Pop Warner football, we require our young
athletes to perform in the classroom and ask that they represent their
community in a positive light," said Jon Butler, executive director of Pop
Warner Little Scholars. "We created the Pop Warner National College Football
Award to honor a student-athlete who has continued to demonstrate those values
at the next level, and who serves as a positive example for our young athletes
both on and off the field. We considered hundreds of tremendous athletes this
year, and found an exceptional group of finalists in Sean Renfree, Mike James,
Patrick Omameh and Nick Williams."
The winner of the Pop Warner National College Football
Award will be announced on December 5th during the 56th annual Pop Warner Super
Bowl. Nominations are accepted from SIDs across the country in the fall, and
hundreds of college players are considered.
About Pop Warner
Little Scholars, Inc.
Founded in 1929 and headquartered in Langhorne, Pa., Pop
Warner Little Scholars is the world's largest youth football, cheerleading and
dance organization and the only youth sports organization that emphasizes
academics as a prerequisite for participation. Currently there are over 400,000
children in Pop Warner organizations in 43 states, Scotland, Germany, Russia,
Japan and Mexico. The NFLPA estimates that 70% of all current NFL Players got
their start in Pop Warner programs. For more information on Pop Warner and its
programs visit www.popwarner.com our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter.
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