When it comes to North Carolina quarterback Bryn Renner, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet.
No, really, you haven’t. Nobody has.
“That’s exactly what I’ve been trying to tell people,” Renner said with a laugh. “Y’all don’t know if I’m good or not. Y’all have never seen me. Even to myself, I haven’t proven it to myself yet. It’s just a guessing game. You guys just have to wait and see.”
Renner gets a chuckle out of the fact he has to remind people of that every now and then. The expectations are high for the redshirt sophomore whose collegiate career stats include a whopping two pass attempts. Not even he knows what to expect this fall. And yet when Renner walks into Sutton’s on Franklin Street, alumni, students and fans are quick to tell him they can’t wait to see him play.
“I haven’t even taken a hit in college football,” he said. “That’s what people don’t get. It’s really a guessing game. I’m just trying to stay low-key and take it one day at a time. That’s my motto: I wake up and whatever I have to do that day, I just do it.”
This spring, he actually has to win the starting job first.
All signs point to Renner as the successor to T.J. Yates, as Renner was No. 2 on the depth chart last year and pushing Yates for the starting job at this time a year ago, but nothing is a given. Four-star recruit Marquise Williams enrolled early, and Braden Hanson and A.J. Blue will also compete for playing time. Blue was injured two years ago and redshirted last season but is healthy now.
Regardless of who wins the starting job, it’s the biggest question mark facing the Tar Heels this offseason.
“As much learning as I’ve done, I think I’m finally at the point where if I do become the starter, I’ll be ready,” Renner said. “If I don’t, then I can do that, too. I’ve been in both situations, so learning behind T.J. and all of the records he set last year was a humbling experience. It’s what I needed. Now I feel like I’m ready. If I do get named the starter, I’m ready to take over.”
And Carolina fans are more than ready to see it.