The Tar Heels senior signal caller, Bryn Renner, has put together two good seasons in Chapel Hill and enters this season with the chance to break several UNC passing records. He needs 2,921 yards to break T.J. Yates’s all-time yards mark, 279 completions to break Yates’s mark of 795 and needs only 14 touchdown passes to break Darian Durant’s record of 68. As great as Renner’s numbers have been he is still missing that signature win or memorable performance that will define his career, which is what he can get with a win over SEC power South Carolina.
Bryn Renner has had some nice moments as the Tar Heel starting quarterback with 8 games of over 300 yards passing and 9 games with 3 or more touchdown passes. However, his record as a starter is only 15-10 while going 0-3 against ranked opponents. Perhaps his most memorable performance came last season in a loss to Louisville in which he almost led the Heels back from a 29 point halftime deficit with four second half touchdowns before falling short in the final minute. Some could argue that his signature win was against N.C.State last year, something Yates was never able to do, but that game will always be remembered for Giovani Bernard’s punt return more than anything else.
The Heels senior leader has not had many opportunities to compete against elite defenses in his time at Carolina. The Heels have not played Florida State for several seasons and Virginia Tech was subpar last season by its standards, making this a huge chance for Renner to show what he can do against top level competition. Playing well against a highly regarded defense like South Carolina is exactly what Renner needs to gain some of the national recognition that some of his counterparts enjoy like Clemson’s Tajh Boyd who has lost twice to the Gamecocks. What better way for Renner to prove that he is just as good if not better than beating the team that this season’s ACC Heisman contender has had his most trouble against. A win over South Carolina would be the Tar Heels first win over a top 10 team since 2009 and would go along way in helping Renner’s legacy as a Tar Heel great.