QB Bryn Renner hobbled
Quarterback Bryn Renner wore a protective boot over his left foot when he met with the media on Monday.
The senior wouldn’t disclose how the injury occurred, but said “I plan on playing on Saturday” when the Tar Heels visit Virginia Tech (12:30 p.m., WRAL).
Renner was hobbling after he was sacked with about seven minutes left against East Carolina, but he stayed on the field and didn’t miss a snap.
The West Springfield, Va., native – whose father, Bill Renner, was a punter at Virginia Tech from 1979-1982 and is now the offensive coordinator at Northwood High School – wound up throwing for a career-high 366 yards in the loss.
Renner hasn’t missed a game since becoming the starter in 2011. He is scheduled to make his 30th career start against Virginia Tech, the third-highest total on the team behind left tackle James Hurst (42) and defensive end Kareem Martin (32).
He currently leads the ACC and ranks 24th in the country in passing yards at 279.3 a game, and is second in school history with 61 touchdown passes -- only Darien Durant (68) has more.
If Renner’s unavailable, the coaches must decide between using sophomore Marquise Williams or taking the redshirt off true freshman Mitch Trubisky. Williams is 11-of-18 passing for 142 yards and two touchdowns and has 32 carries for 198 yards and three touchdowns in his career.
Coincidentally, Hokies starter Logan Thomas also wore a boot to Monday’s availability with Virginia Tech reporters after he sprained his right foot against Georgia Tech last week. Like Renner, Thomas said he’ll be ready to play on Saturday.