Redshirt senior quarterback Sean Renfree has been granted the 2012 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Award, the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame announced Wednesday. He is also one of the finalists for the 2012 William V. Campbell Trophy, which recognizes the best scholar-athlete in the nation.
Renfree, who has guided Duke to a 6-2 overall record—its best since 1994—has started 30 of his 36 career games and completed 765 of 1,185 pass attempts for 8,145 yards. He has also passed for 43 touchdowns and 37 interceptions.
A native of Scottsdale, Ariz., Renfree currently ranks first in pass completion percentage, fourth in passing yardage and fifth in touchdown passes on Duke’s all-time charts. In the ACC, he ranks first in pass completions per game, fourth in pass efficiency rating, fifth in passing yards per game and eight in total offensive yards per game. Renfree also holds the 17th highest passing yardage total in ACC history.
The National-Scholar Athlete Award includes a $18,000 postgraduate scholarship, which Renfree can apply to his pursuit of a master’s degree in humanities at Duke. He graduated from Duke in Dec. 2011 with a 3.40 grade point average, and now holds a 3.81 GPA in graduate school.
Renfree is only the third Duke player to earn the honor, after Mike Diminick (1988) and Bill Obremskey (1983).
If Renfree is awarded the William V. Campbell Trophy, he will receive a total scholarship of $25,000. The winner will be announced Dec. 4 during the 55th NFF Annual Awards Dinner in New York City.