Each week, we’ll be identifying the best ACC player from that weekend’s games. As always, it’s a completely arbitrary award with no specific criteria beyond the vague concept of “excellence.” No, we don’t take write-ins.
For four years, Duke senior QB Sean Renfree has waited to play in a bowl game. And in that time, he’s been constantly reminded how long it’s been since his team participated in one. So when the face of coach David Cutcliffe’s program revival delivered the game-winning strike with just 13 seconds to go on Saturday, it was a mix of a joy and relief. The Blue Devils, bowl-less since 1994, had notched their sixth win of the season and were officially eligible for the postseason. Renfree, already in the midst of a stellar season (and career), added to his resume by leading one of the most important drives in school history. His 276 yards passing amounted to his third-highest total on the year, but it was the final five to Jamison Crowder that counted most of all.