Former UNC football coach Butch Davis bemoaned that Renner didn’t get enough snaps in games and admitted after the 42-17 spanking of East Carolina that he wished Renner got more playing time.
Nonetheless, Renner seems ready to assume the throne at quarterback this season. He almost has to be.
Backing Renner up are junior Braden Hanson and freshman Marquise Williams. Hanson saw action during Renner’s redshirt season but had as many completions (two) as interceptions.
“Bryn Renner has been a guy that you can see him growing every day. And not just football, but just leadership skills — with the offense, with the defense,” interim head coach Everett Withers said.
“He’s just one of those guys that everybody on the team likes. And we’re going to need that from him.”
North Carolina fans will see a different style of quarterback than what they were acquainted with for four years in Yates. Renner is faster and more agile than Yates and will likely be able to create more outside the pocket.
But despite that difference, he took a lot of notes while watching Yates perform on the field.
“We’re still in contact right now. He’s just still helping me, we’re talking each other through things, and he’s a great friend,” Renner said. “The things I learned from him most were how to prepare — how to get your body and get your mind ready for a 12-game season. And it’s a long haul. And everyone knows that.”
Senior wide receiver Dwight Jones will be Renner’s No. 1 target this season after Jones’ breakout junior year saw him finish with 62 receptions for 946 yards.
“When (Renner) first came here, he was a very fiery guy. But that’s just his nature, his personality,” Jones said. “I don’t think it’s really changed, but I think it’s calmed down a little bit, just his demeanor. But it’s good to have a fiery quarterback like that … it pumps me up too.”
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