DURHAM When the participants for Duke footballs pro day hit the field Monday afternoon at Brooks Practice Facility, one notable member from the 2012 team was missing star quarterback Sean Renfree.
A three-year starter who passed for 9,465 yards and 50 touchdowns, he still is rehabbing in Arizona after an injury on the last play of the Belk Bowl. Renfree needed surgery for a torn right pectoralis major muscle.
Though Renfree was not able to attend his pro day, his former No. 1 wide receiver Conner Vernon gave an update following his workout.
I saw him at the combine and hes doing really well, Vernon said of Renfree. I know he wishes he was here today, being able to work out in front of scouts, but unfortunately it didnt work out that way. Hes starting to jog and he said hes ahead of schedule right now.
When asked if he would have minded Renfree throwing his passes Monday, Vernon laughed and replied, Not at all. Weve had a pretty good connection over the last 3 1/2 years, so Im sure it would have been the same today.
Renfree threw for an unspectacular 19 touchdowns and 10 interceptions during his senior campaign, but he finished strong with 790 yards and five touchdowns to just two interceptions against Miami and Cincinnati in the Belk Bowl.
After the injury, most believed his NFL draft stock took a big dip. ESPNs Mel Kiper Jr., one of the most notable NFL draft experts, still projects Renfree to go during the later rounds.
Another quarterback I like is Sean Renfree out of Duke, Kiper said during an interview with a Buffalo Bills blog. I like the fact that he has size, I like his arm. I like that he was with David Cutcliffe for five years. He tutored Peyton and Eli Manning and is known as a quarterback guru.
Renfree took Duke to a bowl game for the first time since 1994. Hes a Matt Hasselback- , Matt Schaub-type to me, so I like Renfree in the fifth round area.
A Scottsdale, Ariz., native, Renfree finished his career as the most accurate quarterback at Duke, completing 65.4 percent of his passes. He started 2012 on a torrid pace, completing better than 70 percent of his passes through five games and completed 75.5 percent against the Bearcats in his final game.
The quarterback guru Kiper spoke about was an advocate for his former quarterback.
Ive looked at almost every guy available and I think Sean Renfree is the most accurate passer in the draft, Cutcliffe said. Theres a reason as a three-year starter that hes the most accurate passer in our history. He has great knowledge and an uncanny ability of putting the ball where he needs to put it.
Though Renfree was not able to get his pro day in front of scouts, Cutcliffe said he plans to have him come to Durham prior to the draft and work with him.
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