Why isn’t this guy’s name thrown around a lot more? I’m serious. Bryn Renner had one of the best years in his career and the man got more attention from ESPN doing the lawnmower dance then from his stats on the field. Let’s break this season down so I can show you what I’m talking about.
1) He had more than half of his career passing yards in this season alone.
Renner stepped on the field in September with 3100 yards to his name. The rising senior left the field in November with 6,456 yards. That’s right. He more than doubled his career yards in just one season—including him not playing in a bowl game. If North Carolina would have been bowl eligible this year, they would have squared off against Florida State for the ACC title in the Belk Bowl.
2) Renner did his job to win; it was just that UNC’s defense was tragic.
Bryn led Chapel Hill to a 11th ranked 40.6 average in points per game and to a 29th position in the nation in passing yards (291.8). These are impressive numbers. You mean to say that UNC never once had a top-25 ranking but they were almost a top 10 team in points per game and a top 30 team in passing yards? Why is it they were never ranked so high? Oh, right—cue the defensive breakdowns.
3) Bryn Renner should have been a 10 game winner this season.
There’s absolutely no reason why UNC can score 50 against Georgia Tech and lose by 18. That’s not Renner’s fault. Chapel Hill had some nail-biters against Wake Forest, top-20 Louisville, and Dook. In all of those game though, UNC lost by a total of nine points. That’s right—nine total. And in all three of those games, Chapel Hill averaged 30.33 points. These are not bad-offense losses. They’re defensive losses. Let’s call them what they are and for crying out loud, throw some credit Bryn Renner’s way.