Chapel Hill is a one-cowboy town when it comes to the quarterback position—there are no switching guys in or substituting them out for “different looks”—like Georgia Tech does. This method is just the way quarterback Bryn Renner likes it. He had a monster season under first year coach, Larry Fedora, and the spread offense. There’s no reason to change now. Let’s take a look back at the year that was and what next season will take the rising senior.
The 6’3’’, 215 pound Renner has the physical presence, smarts, and lawn-mower dancing skills to make it to the league—in my opinion. He finished last season with 3356 yards, 28 touchdowns and only 7 interceptions. Renner, alongside All-American running back Gio Bernard, finished eighth in the nation in ‘Points For’ at 40.6 points and 291.8 passing yards a game. These are impressive numbers.
However, the best part of Renner’s stats is when they’re compared to last season. Bryn has 6456 yards , 54 touchdowns, and 20 interceptions over both his seasons as quarterback. He’s increased his total yards by more than the 2011 season’s numbers, increased his total touchdowns by more than the 2011 season’s numbers, and reduced his interceptions this season by nearly 67%, compared to 2011. Bryn’s touchdown-to-interception ratio was 2.7 in 2011. In 2012, it was 4.0. That’s a dramatic increase.
So what does next season bring? Well, first the bad news: Giovani Bernard is not returning to the roster. His All-American numbers will leave a sizeable hole in not just offensive production, but will cause the defense to focus their pressure on shutting down Renner. Now, the good news: It will be another off-season and training camp for Renner to process and internalize Larry Fedora’s spread offense. Many in Tar Heel nation believe that UNC is moving upward and onward in the ACC power rankings—with Renner steering the ship.