Bryn Renner announced via his twitter account that he was in fact returning to Chapel Hill to be the North Carolina quarterback his senior season. First a disclosure, I am a big fan of Renners and I love what he has done at Carolina, he’s been a model Tar Heel, a leader and one of the best QBs in UNC history. But this coming back for his senior season might have actually been a mistake and here’s why.
Weak NFL Draft class for QBs: Sometimes classes are just deep with talented passers, remember Ben Roethlisberger slipping all the way down to #11 giving the Steelers an absolute steal? Yeah that type of thing won’t happen here, Geno Smith is a good player, probably a first round pick but he’s the #1 guy this year? In other words, this is a weak class for QBs. Either way I don’t view Renner as a first round pick but I do view him as an NFL QB and waiting a year to make the jump might have hurt him. He’s already showed he can play in a pro style offense and did a nice job playing in an offense that doesn’t suit him this year. It’s very likely he lost money with this decision.
Competition in the spring from Marquise Williams and freshman Mitchell Trubisky: As I said above this offense doesn’t fit Bryn Renner, he’s not a spread option QB, that’s not a knock on him at all the guy just doesn’t have the ability to run the way head coach Larry Fedora needs his QBs to do in order for him to run his offense the way he wants to.
Just look at the type of QBs Fedora has recruited to Carolina, Mitch Trubisky and James Summers are both big, athletic, dual threat passers who can hurt you with both their arm and their legs, that is the type of QB Fedora needs to run this offense the way he truly wants to do. Like the freshman Fedora brought in, Williams is a big time athlete with a big time arm.
I believe that Fedora will give Williams the chance to win the starting job this spring, if he can prove that he can throw the football with enough accuracy to run the offense the dynamic play making ability he brings to the table may just win him the job.
Don’t get me wrong I don’t think Williams was better than Renner and I don’t think strictly from a traditional QB standpoint that he ever will be. It’s also not out of the realm of possibility that Williams will make huge strides this off season and show that he can pass the ball while bringing another element to this offense that Renner cannot. It isn’t likely that freshman overtake seniors for a starting job, especially at QB but Trubisky’s dual threat potential is worth noting here as well, the kid can do it all, he’ll be on campus in a few days so he can participate in spring practices by getting a start to his college life so don’t completely dismiss him in this race either although it is extremely unlikely.