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Caulton Tudor

Regardless of draft fate, Renner optimistic about future

Posted May 2

North Carolina's Bryn Renner during the Tar Heels' clash with the South Carolina Gamecocks on Thursday, August 29, 2013 in Columbia, SC (Photo by Jack Morton).

— If you go by current projections, Bryn Renner isn’t likely to get selected during next week’s NFL draft in New York.
But if you know Bryn Renner, you also know his draft fate alone won’t keep him from playing in the NFL.

The former UNC quarterback hasn’t caught a decent career break since his days at West Springfield (Va.) High School, but nothing has overwhelmed him - not even a shoulder injury and surgery last season with the Tar Heels.

“I’ve learned that adversity can be a healthy part of life,” Renner said. “If I don’t get drafted, it’s something I will deal with and do everything in my power to overcome.

“And really, whether you get drafted first or not at all, you still have to prove yourself. You have to show you can do the job.”

Renner was signed to play at Carolina by Butch Davis but wound up playing for two more head coaches - interim Everett Withers in 2011 and Larry Fedora in ’12 and ‘13.

Few quarterbacks in ACC history have been forced to make more system adjustments and yet, Renner responded positively. In 34 games, he completed 66.5 percent of his passes for 8,221 yards and 64 touchdowns. He did throw 25 interceptions, but 13 of those were in 2011, his first season as a starter.

“Everyone has ups and downs, especially in football,” Renner said. “But you know what, I wouldn’t change anything about my time at Carolina even if had the chance to go back and do it. I cherish every minute I was there. I really do. I went to a great school. I graduated, made great friends and had some important learning experiences about live as much as football.”

Renner’s final bad break came during Carolina’s 27-19 win at NC State on Nov. 2 last year. A left shoulder injury that he suffered in the second half required surgery, ending his career seven games into his senior season.

At the time, Renner was rated among the top 10  professional quarterback prospects but gradually slipped as the season’s final weeks progressed.

He’s now rated in the 15-20 range, but Renner is convinced he’s a better passer now than before the injury.

“I went to California to work for three months with (QB guru) Ted Tollner, who really helped me in a lot of ways. I gained 10 pounds and threw the ball better than I ever have,” Renner said.

Renner’s pro day performance was impressive enough to land a visit with the Minnesota Vikings, but there are no guarantees.

“Either way, I’m not going to watch (the draft),” he said. “I’m going to do something - play golf with my dad and some of my friends or spend time with my girlfriend or something.

“I’ve just never been the kind of person to watch those things. I want to get on the field and play. I’ve always preferred getting out there and playing over watching. If I get drafted, great. If I get a shot somewhere as a free agent, great. I’m going to give it everything I have either way.”

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  • scousler May 11, 3:41 a.m.

    This draft has shown that the NFL needs to constantly refurbish its stock of linemen, defensive backs, and wide receivers. The extreme physical play of the league just chews up and spits out these players and remains hungry for more.

    Even a talented QB like Manziel was not picked until #22 and I don't think a RB was chosen till the 4th or 5th round. Teams will not risk a pick on an "above average" QB like Renner. Only an exceptional QB or RB will be drafted. QB's usually take several years to be become reliable starters, where the beefier lineman, DBs, and WR's will get live snaps throughout their rookie season as injuries take their toll.

    Nothing against Renner, he's a hard working kid.. but I think he would be better served playing pro ball immediately somewhere else than riding the bench for years as an undrafted free agent in the NFL.

  • KT the next generation May 6, 9:24 a.m.

    Regardless of draft fate???? This is Bryn "the franchise" Renner we're talking about here, Tudor! He's got to be the first overall pick after all the chest-thumping the kerliner trolls did about him right before this past season.

  • PackFanInTheHouse May 5, 9:04 a.m.

    seriously though..... here are the keys, don't scratch it!

    :)

  • 4tarheels May 4, 10:48 a.m.

    He has positive attitude and willingness to work, and that alone will carry him far in life, regardless of his profession. Good luck Renner.

  • FakeCoastalRings May 3, 11:48 a.m.

    Does Bryn's daddy coach and NFL coaches kids? Bryn's Daddy let a very average QB that was the son of a certain coach start at QB for him and that seemed to work out well for Bryn.

  • Cornhuskers May 3, 10:16 a.m.

    Not sure if Renner will be drafted or not, but I wish him luck. Hope he get's a chance
    to play... View More

    — Posted by iamcousinbooger

    Very well said.

    Renner gave every play 100% effort and left everything he had on the field; as... View More

    — Posted by GunnyGoesArrrgh

    Good luck to Renner...hope it works out for him. If the NFL is not an option right away, agree with the poster who mentioned the CFL.

  • GunnyGoesArrrgh May 3, 9:19 a.m.

    Not sure if Renner will be drafted or not, but I wish him luck. Hope he get's a chance
    to play... View More

    — Posted by iamcousinbooger

    Very well said.

    Renner gave every play 100% effort and left everything he had on the field; as a fan, that's all I could every ask for.

    BTW: I enjoyed what you wrote in another thread regarding that epic UNC/NC State baseball game last year at the DBAP.

  • uBnice May 3, 8:30 a.m.

    Although he worked hard to play the position in college, Renner just plain lacks the talent and... View More

    — Posted by scousler

    The CFL would be a good option for Renner. Darian Durant, former UNC QB with similar measurables as Renner, has done very well in the CFL. His team won the Grey Cup in 2013.

    I don't know if Durant will ever be an NFL QB. But he is playing professional football. Maybe Renner can go as his backup. :-)

  • Tunaboy May 3, 7:33 a.m.

    Bryn's winning attitude and positive outlook will make him a winner at anything he pursues in life; something the losers who've posted on this thread are incapable of seeing or grasping. Best of luck, Bryn and thanks for the memories!!!

  • scousler May 2, 2:42 p.m.

    Although he worked hard to play the position in college, Renner just plain lacks the talent and physical attributes to play at the NFL level.

    If he is really dead set on playing pro ball, I suggest Canada or Europe. Prove himself there and maybe he gets an NFL shot. He won't be drafted this year. His work ethic might lead to a coaching staff somewhere.

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