Returning running backs ready to make an impact

Ryan Houston could very easily become Bryn Renner’s best friend this season. Houston, who is expected to lead the North Carolina backfield this season, was withheld from the first five games of the 2010 season until he was cleared in the NCAA’s investigation into the UNC football program.


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Coples grabs defensive line spotlight

North Carolina defensive end Quinton Coples might be one of the best NFL prospects in the nation, a reputation that could limit his production this season if opponents gang up to shut him down.

Withers and Renner go into 2011 with new leadership roles and big shoes to fill

When Bryn Renner learned that coach Butch Davis had been fired, the quarterback had to let it all sink in a little bit. Even though Renner — whose father coaches Davis’ son Drew at East Chapel Hill High — had yet to start a football game at North Carolina, he and Davis shared a close bond. But while it was tough to see Davis go, Renner wasn’t going to let anything shake his focus less than six weeks away from kickoff.

UNC football played Rutgers on Saturday, Sept. 10, at Kenan Stadium.

Tar Heels escape with a win against Rutgers

After the first drive, it looked like North Carolina would cruise to victory just like it did last week against James Madison. In the first quarter, quarterback Bryn Renner — with wide-out weaponry and tailback versatility — shot down the field in four quick plays and put the Tar Heels on top 7-0.

UNC’s new Blue Zone in Kenan Stadium deemed a success

Despite uncertainty surrounding the $70 million investment in the Blue Zone and the North Carolina football program upon the firing of former head coach Butch Davis, those directly involved with the project said ticket sales and turnout so far this season have made the operation a financial success.

UNC football played Rutgers on Saturday, Sept. 10, at Kenan Stadium.

Tar Heels tormented by turnovers against Rutgers

With less than 30 seconds left in Saturday’s 24-22 win against Rutgers, North Carolina quarterback Bryn Renner fumbled the snap in the victory formation on the Scarlet Knights’ 12-yard line, nearly causing the sixth turnover for UNC.

UNC football played Rutgers on Saturday, Sept. 10, at Kenan Stadium.

UNC football takes Rutgers 24-22

The North Carolina football team beat out Rutgers 24-22 in a contest that wasn’t nearly as close as the final score would suggest. UNC turned the ball over five times and notched three interceptions and two lost fumbles.

New talent readies for Rutgers meeting

As the North Carolina football team prepares for its matchup against Rutgers, many wonder whether quarterback Bryn Renner will be as good as he was last Saturday against James Madison University. Rutgers coach Greg Schiano is convinced he will be.

Devon Ramsay
University of North Carolina Football
Kenan Football Center
Chapel Hill, NC
Thursday, April 7, 2011

Injury ends Devon Ramsay’s season

Saturday’s 42-10 season-opening win against James Madison gave the North Carolina football team a reason to celebrate, but a season-ending injury brought the Tar Heels right back down to Earth.

UNC wide receiver Dwight Jones (83) has his feet knocked out from under him in the game against James Madison on Saturday. UNC defeated JMU 42-10.

Tar Heels roll over James Madison 42-10

Sophomore Bryn Renner began his career as North Carolina’s starting quarterback with a bang, dominating James Madison 42-10. After JMU deferred on the coin toss, Renner put an eight play, 63-yard drive into place in 3 minutes and 58 seconds.

UNC quarterback Bryn Renner (2) passes the ball to tight end Christian Wilson (33) in the game against James Madison on Saturday. UNC defeated JMU 42-10.

Strong showing from Bryn Renner in first career start

For all the fuss about the North Carolina football team’s new faces at head coach and quarterback, the transition appeared seamless in its 42-10 victory against James Madison Saturday. But this is a familiar story for the Tar Heels, who were in a similar situation just four years ago.