UNC QB Bryn Renner's collegiate career comes to an end
Renner took a big hit from Wolfpack defensive tackle Monty Nelson while sliding after a five-yard scramble and required immediate medical attention. He returned to the field briefly in the fourth quarter, but was in obvious discomfort.
“It’s tough, you know,” a heavy-hearted Renner told Andrew Carter of The News & Observer. “Just the fact that it’s over, it kind of just sunk in. So it’s been a good five years, but I can’t thank coaches and teammates and all my brothers in the locker room.
“(They) mean a lot to me. I’m sorry for getting emotional.”
Renner ends his five-year tenure at Chapel Hill with 8,221 yards, 64 touchdowns and 25 interceptions, completing 66.5 percent of his passes as a three-year starter. He owns the top two single-season touchdown pass totals in school history with 28 in 2012 and 26 in 2011.
We can fully expect redshirt sophomore Marquise Williams to take over full-time duties in Renner's absence. The dual-threat brings a completely different element to North Carolina's offense and was often used as a change-of-pace quarterback in situational plays and formations.
Freshman Kanler Coker will likely move into the backup role.
“Marquise is going to do a great job, Kanler is going to do a great job," Renner said of his successors. "They’re going to put their full effort on the field, and that’s one thing I don’t want to be, is be a distraction for this team.”
The Tar Heels will rely on his abilities to carry them to at least three more wins in their final four games (Virginia, Pittsburgh, Old Dominion, Duke). At 3-5 (2-3 ACC), UNC is battling for bowl eligibility.
Renner's stats took a major hit this year, but mainly due to the fact that North Carolina's offense was drained by the departures of Gio Bernard, Jonathan Cooper and Brennan Williams. Look for his name as a dark horse prospect in the 2014 NFL Draft, where WalterFootball.com projects him as a 4th- to 6th-round pick.
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