UNC QB out for season
Nov. 05, 2013 @ 02:24 PM
CHAPEL HILL —
Senior Bryn Renner’s career at North Carolina is over after the senior quarterback suffered a season-ending left shoulder injury in last Saturday’s win against N.C. State.
The team announced that the West Springfield, Va., native will have surgery Wednesday at UNC.
Renner was hit late in the third quarter at Carter-Finley Stadium, causing his shoulder to pop out – the same shoulder that Renner had surgery on before he arrived at UNC.
Renner, a third-year starter, finished his college career with 8,221 passing yards, 20th in ACC history and third-most at UNC, and 64 touchdowns, second in school history to Darian Durant’s 68. His career pass efficiency of 151.22 would be the best mark in ACC history and his career completion percentage of .665 would rank fourth.
Marquise Williams, a sophomore from Charlotte, is expected to replace Renner under center. Williams made his first career start last month at Virginia Tech when Renner missed the game with a left foot injury and completed 23 of 35 passes for 277 yards, with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Even when Renner returned, Williams was given a larger role in the offense, and the dual-threat quarterback has led the team in rushing in each of the past two games.
Players and coaches will not be made available until after practice tonight, but many of Renner’s teammates posted their thoughts on Twitter earlier this afternoon.
“My heart my prayers goes to my leader Bryn,” Williams wrote. “I love the way you lead us for past 3 years I love you big bro thank you for everything.”
“Couldn't have asked for a better teammate/mentor/ and friend," true freshman quarterback Mitch Trubisky wrote. "Heart and prayers go out to (Bryn) love ya man stay strong bro!!”
Trubisky is listed as the No. 3 quarterback on the depth chart, but UNC coach Larry Fedora said after the N.C. State game that redshirt freshman Kanler Coker would have played if both Renner and Williams were unavailable. That way Trubisky would still have four full years of eligibility left after this season.