ACC Football Player of the Week, Week 8: Sean Renfree, Duke

Duke QB Sean Renfree is the ACC Player of the Week for Week 8

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.

ACC Player of the Week, Week Eight: Sean Renfree, QB/Duke

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.

Honorable Mention:

Giovani Bernard, RB/North Carolina (209 total yards, 2 TD)

Devonta Freeman, RB/Florida State (70 yards rushing, 2 TD)

Jonathan Meeks, S/Clemson (3 tackles, 2 INT, 1 TD)

Alec Lemon, WR/Syracuse (8 catches, 166 yards, 1 TD)

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ACC 2012 Spring Practice Expectations: Clemson Tigers

Teams Thought Clemson's Sammy Watkins Was Intimdating Before, But Just Wait 'Till He Starts Handling Punts

As spring practices get under way, we’ll be previewing what needs to happen for the teams and players of the ACC, culminating with notes on all 14 spring games.

Today’s featured team: Clemson Tigers

Clemson enters 2012’s spring practice with the harsh, yet thrilling reality of inflated expectations. And why shouldn’t they? Sure, the Orange Bowl loss stung. But look at all the good that came from 2011: the schools’ best football season in 20 years, their first conference title in 20 years, three wins over ranked opponents… just to name a few of the accomplishments under head coach Dabo Swinney. Most of all, the team discovered the types of weapons it has at its disposal on offense. Tajh Boyd, Sammy Watkins and Andre Ellington were all stellar last season, and all are projected to improve this season, too. Yet it all starts here in spring. For Boyd, he’ll look to improve upon his accuracy and decision-making under pressure (below average in 2011), while Ellington’s likely to gain more involvement in the passing game. As for Watkins — one of the most dangerously fast men in football — he’s actually demanding to take on punt return duties as well. When someone leads the conference in all-purpose yards as a freshman, are you honestly going to doubt him? The other key for the offense will be quickly developing camaraderie on  line tasked with protecting Boyd and their season. The less Boyd is flushed out of the pocket, the more effective he’ll be as the year wears on — the central cog in Clemson’s offense continuing to be as explosive as it was for most of 2011. Continue reading