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.
While Renfree’s team failed to win the last regular season game of Renfree’s career, that fact is far from his fault. The senior threw 36 passes for 432 yards and four touchdowns, all with zero turnovers in their tough loss to Miami on Saturday. In an odd way, it’s sort of indicative of his entire career at Duke, too. When looking at the losses they’ve piled up during Renfree’s time as the starter, it’s a rarity to view him as culpable, and more often than not, he was putting up numbers like this in the process. Obviously, it doesn’t excuse this defeat, nor the free-fall the Blue Devils have experienced since getting to bowl eligibility at 6-2, but it’s worth noting the quarterback’s consistent effort in the face of superior opponents and a lagging defense on his own side. I’d also be remiss not to mention his 99-yard touchdown connection with Jamison Crowder on Saturday (no video unfortunately), which ended up being the longest play in school history.
Jamison Crowder, WR/Duke (8 catches, 203 yards, 2 TD)
Duke Johnson, RB/Miami (277 all-purpose yards, 3 TD)