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UNC Football: Is Bryn Renner Ready for the Defense's Focus?

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Bryn Renner enters this year as the unanimous senior quarterback for the Tar Heels. He’ll be taking snaps under second year head coach, Larry Fedora, and his spread offense. Renner will have to take even more of a leadership role this year, without having All-American Giovani Bernard in his backfield. Is he ready?

The most tell-tale sign of a person’s ability to deal with challenges are experiences. Through experiences, one can draw either strength or weakness. Bryn Renner has had his share of trials and tribulations in just the coaching shift he’s undergone. The first two years he was there, Butch Davis was UNC’s coach. Then, UNC is ineligible for bowl games. Then, again, a new coach is introduced to Chapel Hill. Add in the fact that Larry Fedora brought in the pass-heavy spread offense, and you have a recipe for disaster for a non-mentally tough quarterback.

However, Bryn has actually improved tremendously under Fedora. He completed 276 of 422 pass attempts for 3,356 yards and 28 touchdowns. This is compared to his previous season’s 239 for 350 attempts, 270 less yards and 2 less touchdowns. His interceptions dropped off a cliff from 13 to 7 (46% drop) and his sacks went from 26 to a career low, 11.

Now, of course some of this is due to the All-American stud in the backfield. That’s going to help both his sacks and interceptions by deflecting attention to Giovani Bernard. There’s no doubt.

However, all the focus of the opposition will be saddled around UNC’s quarterback. The spread offense only works with a quarterback that is standing upright and is accurate. Defenses will try to change both of those things with blitz packages and different looks—trying to throw Bryn Renner off his game.

Will he be ready? I think he will. I think UNC fans will rejoice when they see where he’ll lead this team next season.

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