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Shoulder injury ends Renner's season, career at UNC

Posted November 5, 2013
Updated November 7, 2013

— A shoulder injury suffered Saturday in a victory over North Carolina State University will end the college career of UNC quarterback Bryn Renner, the school said Tuesday.

“We are disappointed to lose a senior leader and a great teammate like Bryn,” said UNC head coach Larry Fedora. “He has meant so much to the Carolina program and I've enjoyed coaching him the last two seasons. He is one of the most prolific quarterbacks in school history and his contributions will be sorely missed.”

Renner injured his left, non-throwing, shoulder and will have surgery at UNC Hospitals Wednesday to repair a detached labrum and fracture in the injured shoulder.

Bryn Renner: Emotional about college career ending Bryn Renner: Emotional about college career ending

Renner, a Virginia native, assumed the starting job in his sophomore season with the Tar Heels and has racked up 8,221 career yards passing. That puts him third on the all-time list behind T.J. Yates and Darian Durant. Renner is second only to Durant with 64 touchdown passes, and he is third in career pass attempts and completions.

Renner was injured on North Carolina's final drive in the third quarter of Saturday's 27-19 win. After he was tackled on a 5-yard gain, Renner immediately pointed at his non-throwing arm. After being attended to on the field, he left the game. Renner did return in the fourth quarter and completed a third down throw to TJ Thorpe to give the Tar Heels a first down.

That would be Renner's final completion and play of his college career. Tests have determined that he needs shoulder surgery, and he will miss the rest of the season, a university spokesman said. 

WRAL will continue coverage Wednesday as Caulton Tudor looks ahead to who may fill the role as back-up for the Tar Heels.

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  • ttaylor58 Nov 7, 7:27 a.m.

    Wow, tough break. Its bad to see him go out like that but all I can say as an NCSU fan is, well,... View More

    — Posted by bakerblake1234

    LOL you mean 0-5 in the conference , excuse for a defense.

  • ttaylor58 Nov 7, 7:24 a.m.

    Tough way to go out. Good luck in the future.

    Dirty hit? Hardly. Just a tough break. Btw, didn't... View More

    — Posted by Steven

    dirty maybe or maybe not? Late without a doubt and missed by the ACC's High School officials.

  • Objective Scientist Nov 6, 6:03 p.m.

    Just saw the interview he did after yesterday's practice. Poor guy was in tears. I have... View More

    — Posted by GunnyGoesArrrgh

    He cried? What a wuss, but then again he did go to Sissy U.

    — Posted by I Killed Ramses

    LOL!!!

    Look at 'em....I'm telling you....they couldn't sleep over that tail-whuppin' last... View More

    — Posted by Dubble EE

    You are avoiding the fact that your part-time QB is a sissy. But given your preference for men,... View More

    — Posted by I Killed Ramses

    I don't agree - not one iota - that Renner is a "sissy"! However, if - IF - Renner is a "sissy", I'd take the "sissy" and HIS - Renner's - abilities and CHARACTER over the macho, testosterone-fueled player with POOR/BAD character... ALWAYS!!! No matter how great the latter's skills may be!!! That is a HUGE part of some of the challenges facing college sports today - especially football and basketball. Universities admit the macho, testosterone-fueled player with POOR/BAD character, NO academic skills, NO desire to be a student - who are interested only in is "playing ball" and having a shot at the NFL or NBA - and "partying" while in school. If Universities would stop admitting those type individuals and giving them an athletic scholarship... many of the challenges in college sports would "go away"!

  • anti-Hans Nov 6, 3:44 p.m.

    Excellent points OS. Always enjoy reading your point of view and glad there are some civil UNC people who do see things objectively and not just through blue rose colored glasses.

  • Objective Scientist Nov 6, 1:49 p.m.

    As an NC State GRAD, I want to make a couple comments here.

    First, I am sorry Renner got hurt,... View More

    — Posted by anti-Hans

    Ok, I'm being civil. There are many hits that players could slow down on once they realize the... View More

    — Posted by NCheatStateU

    Yes, I was at the game and no I did not hear cheering when he got hurt. Maybe the cheering... View More

    — Posted by anti-Hans

    Good point about "speed" and "slowing down". I played multiple sports. Anyone who had seen me play almost anything would use words "speed" and "quick". I was known to be exceptionally fast with regard to straight running speed, but quick and agile with regard to stopping-starting again and change of direction. I've also had the opportunity over the years... including recently, to be on the sideline of area college football games. The players today are FAST and QUICK... obviously backs more than linemen in general, etc. When that ball is snapped most of the 22 guys on the field are "FLYING" around. With every player there is a point at which it is very difficult, or impossible, to stop or even change direction. That point is likely a little different for each player. Could the State players have stopped completely? Could they have slowed to some degree? Could they have avoided contact by a quick change of direction? From what I have seen... I cannot answer that! The only ones who may - and they truly may not know themselves - are the two State players. With the speed of the game being what it is today... there are many "points of no return" that occur in every football game. Did the two State players reach that point on that play?

  • anti-Hans Nov 6, 1:29 p.m.

    As an NC State GRAD, I want to make a couple comments here.

    First, I am sorry Renner got hurt,... View More

    — Posted by anti-Hans

    Ok, I'm being civil. There are many hits that players could slow down on once they realize the... View More

    — Posted by NCheatStateU

    Yes, I was at the game and no I did not hear cheering when he got hurt. Maybe the cheering happened when we stopped him but not once people realized he was injured. No one in my section cheered an injury and if they had I would have said something,

    As far as slowing down, watch the play in real time speed. You could say every play has cheap hits as players always seem to pile on as the player is down or going down. Slowing down does not happen and will not happen.

  • Objective Scientist Nov 6, 1:02 p.m.

    Williams is not that good...had he played renner more Saturday the final score would have been... View More

    — Posted by HEELSrocknU

    And Renner is better? No way! Renner is slow and has no awareness! Black fast athletic QB's are... View More

    — Posted by PricelessGemUNC

    Venombee-- if the black-white aspects of your comments were "reversed" - namely if... View More

    — Posted by Objective Scientist

    I'm a UNC grad as well. You make Renner sound like a Tim Tebow. Come on MAN!

    — Posted by PricelessGemUNC

    venombee... I honestly thought you could be a GA Tech grad/fan with that posting name!

    Where doe that "You make Renner sound like a Tim Tebow." comment come from? I never made such a comparison and/or comment. Never used the name Tebow in any of my comments. And, when writing my comments no one thought of Tebow entered my mind. NEVER had a thought of Renner being like Tebow in any way at any time! That said and you going in that direction, my quick comparison would be: Renner is clearly not the runnning threat that Tebow is, but he is a hell of a better passer than Tebow! Renners likelihood of being an NFL QB is definitely better than Tebow's!

    That said... I still don't see ANY thing in ANY of my comments that "make Renner sound like Tebow"!

  • bakerblake1234 Nov 6, 12:41 p.m.

    Wow, tough break. Its bad to see him go out like that but all I can say as an NCSU fan is, well, yet another victim of the hard hitting defense of the Wolfpack!

  • NCheatStateU Nov 6, 12:16 p.m.

    As an NC State GRAD, I want to make a couple comments here.

    First, I am sorry Renner got hurt,... View More

    — Posted by anti-Hans

    Ok, I'm being civil. There are many hits that players could slow down on once they realize the player is defenseless. Roughing the quarterback is one of those times. You can see the State plays sandwiched Renner and hit as hard as they could. In college football once player is down he is giving up. Are you saying they didn't realize he was down? If not why was contact made so near the ground by both players? If you saw the photo you can see one of the tacklers was at least 5 yds. from Renner and both were running. Why would they need to lower there bodies to hit Renner when they realized he was already down?
    If you were at the game, you must have heard the wolfpack fans cheering Renner injury, which was apparent to everyone watching on tv or at the game. I don't know many fan bases that would cheer when a player is hurt. Surely, you can't be proud of that. I did see one comment on pack pride where someone mention how ashamed they were that it was happening around him. What is the reason that state is heading in that direction? It starts at the top and ends with the fans. I remember a few years when Debbie Yow was at Maryland and their fans were throwing batteries, and fighting after the games. She brings a mentality of disrespecting other school for the purpose of getting her school recognized. If state starts to win, then the recognition will come. I understand there were a lot of recruits there to watch the game. I wonder how they felt when they heard state fans cheering a injured football player.

  • 75Tarheel Nov 6, 12:04 p.m.

    Ok Renner had a season ending injury....Folks are talking and calling UNC Cheaters in this... View More

    — Posted by wake_up_jeff_0

    Yes we did. What was shown there aside from NC State's compliance department doing the right... View More

    — Posted by I Killed Ramses

    State may have been doing the right thing but the t__gs weren't. Active players need to be suspended and past players banned from any ACC campus.

    We suspended, banned for life, fired, punished or otherwise purged all the wrong doers at Chapel Hill. This Fat's hasn't been on UNC's campus actively recruiting and paying players or buying $100 vehicles for players either.

    Clean up your yard and we'll worry about ours.

    GO HEELS!!

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