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Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Sean Renfree wins Pop Warner award

By Heather Dinich

Duke quarterback Sean Renfree has won the Pop Warner National College Football Award, an accolade presented by Pop Warner Little Scholars, Inc., which honors a Pop Warner alumnus who has made a difference on the field, in the classroom and in his community.

Renfree was chosen from a group of four finalists that included Miami running back Mike James, Connecticut wide receiver Nick Williams and Michigan offensive lineman Patrick Omameh.

"I feel very honored to receive this award," Renfree said in a teleconference this afternoon. "I think it's a very prestigious award, and it recognizes not just good football players, but football players who place an emphasis on academics as well. It's a very cool award to receive, especially considering my history with Pop Warner. That was where my career with football started, and also my competitive side of sports in general."

Renfree, a three-year starter and two-year team captain, has led Duke to a 6-5 record this season and bowl eligibility for the first time since 1994. He has also received recognition by being named a National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete, a member of the AFCA Good Works Team, and a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award -- all which factor in off-field accomplishments.

Renfree is pursuing a graduate degree in humanities and has a 3.81 grade point average in his graduate program. 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 Academic All-ACC Football Team.

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 Active Teens.