02/20/2013 - 2013 NFL Combine, Medical watch: A substantial reason for Duke's success this past season was Sean Renfree, its three-year starting quarterback. He is a smart, poised passer with next-level skills, but he suffered a serious injury late in the bowl game. Renfree underwent successful surgery to repair his torn right pectoralis muscle and is expected to make a full recovery, but the progress of his road back will be vital to his draft standing. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
12/29/2012 - When Duke quarterback Sean Renfree was hit as he threw his final collegiate pass, which resulted in an interception, he stayed down on the field for a few minutes. He went straight from Bank of America Stadium to a hospital, and Friday afternoon Duke announced he had undergone successful surgery on his torn right pectoralis major muscle, the biggest chest muscle.
While he is expected to make a full recovery, that process will take about six months. That means the redshirt senior won't compete in any pre-NFL Draft workouts, which makes the chances he will be drafted extremely slim.
Duke head coach David Cutcliffe spent several minutes with Renfree and his father after Duke's 48-34 loss to Cincinnati in the Belk Bowl. When Cutcliffe met with the media, he said Renfree's work ethic matched that of his most famous prot??g??s, Peyton and Eli Manning. "Anybody in the national football league or collegiately that does not want Sean Renfree in their locker room would be out of their mind."
Renfree set several Belk Bowl records in his final college game, including pass attempts (49), completions (37) and passing yards (358). For his career, Renfree finished 898-of-1,389 for 9,465 yards with 51 touchdowns and 40 interceptions. He is the most accurate passer in Duke history. - Laura Keeley, The Charlotte Observer
12/27/2012 - The Blue Devils haven't been in a bowl game since the 1994 season, when it lost to Wisconsin in the Hall of Fame Bowl in Tampa, Fla. This will be Duke's ninth all-time bowl appearance, with the Blue Devils holding a 3-5 mark in bowls. The last bowl victory came in a 7-6 decision against Arkansas in the Cotton Bowl to cap the 1960 season.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB Sean Renfree wraps up a career that has been full of good statistics, albeit relatively few victories. Still, he's going to depart after the bowl game with some of the top numbers in school and ACC history. By completing 66.3 percent of his throws this year, he's on pace to break his single-season school record of 65 percent set last year. While he holds or shares 14 school records, he's not going to do much damage by running with the ball and that could make him vulnerable against a Cincinnati team that's stingy with its red-zone defense. He has thrown for 50 career touchdowns among his 861 all-time completions as a three-year starter. - The Sports Xchange
12/27/2012 - QB Sean Renfree has been racking up off-field awards in recent weeks. Among those is the ACC's Tatum Award, which is given to the top senior football player who embodies the student-athlete label. The Tatum Award is one of the specialty honors given by the ACC. - The Sports Xchange
12/02/2012 - QB Sean Renfree has been racking up off-field awards in recent weeks. Among those is the ACC's Tatum Award, which is given to the top senior football player who embodies the student-athlete label. The Tatum Award is one of the specialty honors given by the ACC.
11/30/2012 - 2012 JIM TATUM AWARD WINNER: Duke redshirt senior quarterback Sean Renfree has been named the recipient of the 2012 Jim Tatum Award, ACC Commissioner John Swofford announced on Thursday. The Tatum Award is given annually in memory of the late Jim Tatum to the top senior student-athlete among the league's football players. Tatum, a two-time ACC Coach of the Year, coached in the 1950s at both Maryland and North Carolina and believed strongly in the concept of the student-athlete. The award will be presented at the ACC's Night of Legends event which will be held Friday at the Charlotte Convention Center as part of the festivities held around the Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game.
A three-year starter and two-year team captain, Renfree has led Duke to a 6-6 record this season and bowl eligibility for the first time since 1994. The Scottsdale, Ariz., native also has received recognition for his off-field accomplishments this season by being named a National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete and the recipient of the Pop Warner National College Football Award. In addition, he was named to the AFCA's Good Works Team and is a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award.
Renfree graduated from Duke in December of 2011 with a degree in public policy with a 3.4 grade point average and is now working on a graduate degree in humanities with a 3.8 GPA. He was named to the All-ACC Academic Team in 2010 and 2011. - Duke football
11/26/2012 - WEEK 13 ACC OFFENSIVE BACK OF THE WEEK: Sean Renfree, Duke, R-Senior, QB, 6-5, 225, Scottsdale, Ariz. Renfree completed 36-of-59 passes for 432 yards and four touchdowns in Duke's 52-45 loss to Miami. The senior quarterback directed the Duke offense that ran 94 plays, posted 30 first downs, totaled 583 yards of total offense, and did not commit a turnover. The 432 yards passing and 428 yards of total offense both marked the eighth-highest single-game total in program history.
Renfree matched the Duke record for touchdown passes in a half with four in the second half and set the program single-game mark for pass attempts without an interception. He completed a 99-yard touchdown pass to Jamison Crowder en route to setting single-game career highs for pass attempts and passing yards. - ACC football
10/22/2012 - WEEK 8 ACC OFFENSIVE BACK OF THE WEEK: Sean Renfree, Duke, R-Senior, QB, 6-5, 225, Scottsdale, Ariz.,...Renfree led Duke to a 33-30 win over North Carolina by completing 23 of 36 (.639) passes for 276 yards with one touchdown and one interception. The senior engineered a game-winning, 14-play, 87-yard drive that resulted in a 5-yard touchdown pass to Jamison Crowder on 4th-and-2 with 13 seconds left in the game. On the drive, he completed 8-of-11 (.727) passes for 78 yards including the TD and converted three 3rd-down chances through the air as well as the 4th-down conversion for the touchdown. Renfree directed the Duke offense to 510 yards of total offense - the highest total of the David Cutcliffe era versus ACC competition - against a Tar Heel defense that entered the week ranked third in the ACC and 22nd nationally in total defense, allowing just 327.0 yards per game. - ACC football
10/22/2012 - Sean Renfree's 5-yard touchdown pass to Jamison Crowder on fourth down with 13 seconds left lifted Duke past North Carolina 33-30 on Saturday night and made the Blue Devils bowl eligible for the first time since 1994. Renfree finished 23 of 36 for 276 yards for Duke (6-2, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) and converted three third-and-longs during the game-winning, 87-yard drive. That came after the Tar Heels (5-3, 2-2) erased a 14-point, fourth-quarter deficit and took the lead when a loose ball slipped away from a Duke defender following a forced fumble and Gio Bernard ran it in for a touchdown. Renfree led the Blue Devils into the red zone in the final minute, and after Jela Duncan's 2-yard run on third-and-4, Duke called its final timeout with 19 seconds left. Renfree then rolled and found a leaping Crowder over the middle for the go-ahead score. Duke snuffed out a series of laterals on the Tar Heels' final play, and the students poured onto the Wallace Wade Stadium field to celebrate the Blue Devils' first win against North Carolina since 2003 and their first home victory in the series since 1998. - AP Sports
09/22/2012 - Sean Renfree threw for 314 yards and four touchdowns to lead Duke past Memphis 38-14 on Saturday night. Renfree was 26 of 37 with TDs covering 37 and 31 yards to Conner Vernon, 16 yards to Desmond Scott and 8 yards to Brandon Connette for the Blue Devils (3-1), who outgained the Tigers 500-152 and are off to their best start since 2008. Connette also had a 4-yard touchdown run for Duke, which had four turnovers -- two in the red zone, a third returned for a touchdown -- but held Memphis (0-4) to less than 100 total yards until late in the third quarter. Wynton McManus took an interception 4 yards for a score and Tevin Jones added a 2-yard touchdown run for the Tigers, who led 14-7 in the second quarter but couldn't hold on. The Tigers have lost 35 of 40 games since 2009. After Jones' TD with 9:17 left before the half, Memphis didn't run another play in Duke territory until there were 5?? minutes left in the game. Duke scored the final 31 points to turn it into a blowout, and Renfree helped the Blue Devils pull away by leading consecutive touchdown drives in the second half. - AP Sports
09/16/2012 - Sean Renfree passed for 274 yards and three touchdowns to help Duke beat North Carolina Central 54-17 on Saturday night. The Blue Devils scored touchdowns on offense, defense and special teams for the first time since 2004. They improved to 2-1 for the first time since 2008, coach David Cutcliffe's first season. Lee Butler notched Duke's first punt return for a touchdown since 2001 as the Blue Devils bounced back from a 50-13 loss at No. 21 Stanford last week. Josh Snead rushed for a touchdown and caught a touchdown pass, becoming the first Duke player since 1999 to accomplish that feat in the same game. Ross Cockrell intercepted two passes for the Blue Devils, returning the second for a 32-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. Jordan Reid passed for 218 yards and ran for a touchdown for N.C. Central (1-2). - AP Sports
09/11/2012 - ACC: PLAYERS WHOSE NFL DRAFT STOCK IS FALLING - WEEK 2: QB Sean Renfree, Duke: Renfree had a miserable night in Duke's 50-13 loss at Stanford. He had a decent completion percentage, connecting on 28 of 40 passes, but those 28 completions went for just 200 yards. Renfree could not throw the ball downfield and also threw two interceptions. The second was returned 71 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter. On the following drive, Renfree was replaced by QB Anthony Boone, who led Duke on its only touchdown drive of the night. - Sean Bielawski, CBSSports.com
09/01/2012 - Sean Renfree threw for 290 yards and two touchdowns, and Duke scored 30 points in the second quarter of its 46-26 rout of Florida International on Saturday night. Jack-of-all-trades Brandon Connette ran for one score and threw for another, and Ross Cockrell returned a blocked field goal 75 yards for the TD that capped the Blue Devils' most productive quarter since 1999. Renfree was 21 of 30. Conner Vernon had 10 catches for 180 yards and a 28-yard TD, and set a school record with his 208th career reception. Duke opened by beating a Football Bowl Subdivision team for the first time since 2002. The Blue Devils led 44-14, improved to 3-2 in openers under David Cutcliffe and snapped a seven-game losing streak that dated back to last year's victory over FIU. Kedrick Rhodes rushed for 130 yards and had a 67-yard touchdown catch and a short, late scoring run. This one was all but over at halftime after a big special teams play by the Blue Devils produced a 10-point swing and a huge shift in momentum. - AP Sports
08/09/2012 - MOST IMPORTANT DUKE PLAYER: QB Sean Renfree - He a fifth-year senior who has been groomed in the program and has the type of presence that coach David Cutcliffe likes. Now he has to take his physical tools and blend them with the decision-making that will carry the Blue Devils to places they haven't been in years. Renfree has thrown 14 touchdown passes in each of the past two years, but he reduced his interception total from 17 in 2010 to 11 in 2011 so that was a sign of progress. He often comes out of games in goal-line situations, so he knows that he has to produce when he's given the opportunities. He's the type of player who takes responsibility when things go wrong. - The Sports Xchange
08/04/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON JOHNNY UNITAS GOLDEN ARM AWARD CANDIDATE: Sean Renfree, Duke...Renfree is yet another name in a list of prolific passers to play for David Cutcliffe. Renfree has passed for 6,022 yards and 28 touchdowns in his two season as a starter. - The Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award
07/20/2012 - 2012 DAVEY O'BRIEN PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Sean Renfree, Duke, has been selected to the Preseason Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season, presented annually to the nation's best college quarterback by The Davey O'Brien Foundation. 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. - Duke football
06/15/2012 - Top-five Duke prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 1. QB Sean Renfree (6-5, 230)...The Blue Devils haven't had a player selected in the first five rounds since 1999, but look for Renfree (pictured above) to change that statistic in the 2013 NFL Draft. The fifth-year senior is entering his third year as the starting quarterback for Duke and will look to improve upon their 3-9 record last season. Renfree, who was a four-star recruit out of Arizona, became the starter as a sophomore in 2010 and earned team MVP honors. Last season, he finished among the ACC leaders in completion percentage (65.0%), passing yards (2,891) and led the conference in completions per game (23.5). Renfree is a traditional drop back passer and looks the part with a tall, filled out frame. He has a strong arm to easily make all the throws and does a nice job working through his progressions to find the open target. Renfree shows excellent chemistry with his receivers and is a confident thrower, never appearing shy to take chances downfield. The career statistics aren't glamorous (32-30 TD-INT ratio), but he has all the tools NFL scouts look for at the next level. And it won't hurt that his collegiate head coach is the same offensive mind that mentored Peyton and Eli Manning. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com