North Carolina's Renner out for year with shoulder injury
NOV 05, 2013 1:46p ET
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- According to a report by InsideCarolina.com, North Carolina starting quarterback Bryn Renner’s shoulder injury suffered Saturday in a win at NC State will end his season and (since he's a fifth-year senior) his Tar Heels career.
The injury happened late in the third quarter when Renner ran the ball to the NC State 15-yard line, falling awkwardly and touched down by the Wolfpack's Monty Nelson before linebacker Robert Caldwell came over and hit Renner as well, sandwiching him awkwardly in between the two players.
Renner got up right away in obvious pain, his left arm dangling loosely at his side. He said after the game that the staff popped his shoulder back into place as they surrounded him at midfield, and he didn’t seem too concerned about it.
"I've had it done before (in) high school, I did it and it didn’t feel too comfy but it feels a lot better right now," Renner said Saturday. "I'm going to get some ice, get some treatment and I should be able to go on Saturday."
Renner came back into the game on Saturday at the 9:45 mark in the fourth quarter, but it would be for just one more play. And it was a completed pass on 3rd-and-4 at the NC State 43-yard line for a nine-yard gain.
But according to the sources that spoke with Inside Carolina, a second look at the injury determined there was more extensive damage in the shoulder than anyone initially thought, and he will have surgery on Wednesday to repair it.
Renner ends his Carolina career as one of its most prolific passers, totaling 8,221 yards (third in school history), 64 passing touchdowns (second-most) and an efficiency rating of 151.22 (second-highest). He does end his career as UNC’s most accurate passer, completing 66.5 percent of his throws.
But he was 1,157 yards away from becoming the record-holder in that category and five passing touchdowns away from breaking that record as well. He did end with more 300-yard passing games than any UNC quarterback (10).
Still, Renner’s career at UNC was never categorized by the pursuit of glory or gaudy stats. He sat behind T.J. Yates for two years before becoming the full-time starter as a redshirt sophomore in 2011. That, coincidentally, was also the season after former head coach Butch Davis was fired due to the ongoing NCAA issues facing the Tar Heels just weeks before preseason camp began.
UNC's head coach that year was interim head coach Everett Withers, and the Tar Heels had their share of struggles, as did Renner at times. But his junior season under current head coach Larry Fedora was by far his best as he completed 276-of-422 passes for 3,356 yards and a school (single-season) record 28 touchdowns to just seven interceptions.
This year, he hasn't been the same without most of last year's offensive line and all-around weapon Giovani Bernard, but he had totaled 1,765 yards, ten touchdowns and five interceptions in seven games this season.
And he was getting into a rhythm splitting time at quarterback with the more mobile Marquise Williams, while Renner remained the primary QB. Since that switch was made, Renner had some of his best outings, including completing 18-of-21 passes for 227 yards and two touchdowns against Boston College in UNC's first ACC win.
Even though going into the season Renner was a quarterback that draft analysts felt was one of the top five in the country, he accepted the arrangement happily and said all the right things.
It remains unclear how this will affect either Renner's draft status (the combine is in February) or the rest of UNC's season. The Tar Heels are 3-5 right now, but have won two in a row and have looked much better on offense since Williams was added to the mix.
Williams has had one full game as UNC's primary quarterback, and that was at Virginia Tech. He had some positive moments in that game against a very good defense, but being the main guy moving forward will be an adjustment.
Williams has completed 40-of-66 passes this year for 537 yards, six touchdowns and three interceptions and has seen time in seven games. He has also rushed for 201 yards, third-most on the team, and has one rushing touchdown.
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