CHAPEL HILL North Carolina quarterback Bryn Renner greeted media members earlier this week while wearing a protective boot on his left foot. He said he wouldnt say how he got hurt, or how severe his injury is, but its clear that hes hobbled and that hes likely to be limited when the Tar Heels play at Virginia Tech on Saturday.
How limited? That remains to be seen. Renner practiced Tuesday, but not at full speed. Blake Anderson, the UNC offensive coordinator, acknowledged that Renners status is a concern but Anderson also attempted to allay fears about Renners status for Saturday.
Any time youve got a guy that is hobbled, its going to be its going to affect us, Anderson said Tuesday. Yeah, its going to be a concern. I think hell be fine, but he got (banged) up pretty good. He got hit a couple of times but he made it through. And hes a little sore right now, but hell be fine come Saturday.
After completing 65.9 percent of his passes last season, Renner is off to a somewhat sluggish start this season despite throwing for a career-high 366 yards in the loss against ECU last Saturday. Renner labored through the first half of that game and completed 11 of his 23 passes. Among his incompletions was an interception.
Anderson on Tuesday spoke of Renners state of mind.
I think hes a perfectionist, and he would tell you he doesnt think hes playing well now, Anderson said. He really doesnt focus on the other guys. Hes always kind of throw it back on himself. So hes trying to keep his spirits up. Hes made some mistakes as well, but I dont want him to carry the entire load.
But hes not happy with how hes playing. He wants to play better. I think if he had a game where he didnt throw an incompletion, hed still feel like he could do something better, and thats what you want. You want a guy to be hard on himself.
Through the first four games, Renner has at times been noticeably off target. Accuracy was especially problematic during the first half against ECU, when Renner appeared to have difficulty releasing his passes cleanly. Some of his passes wobbled and fluttered. Some sailed high.
Anderson attributed some of the issues to perspiration.
He had a couple get away from him, Anderson said. He did. He sweats so bad he really does. His hands and arms will be dripping wet, and he missed a series where he didnt get a towel or something, or it got ripped off. And he had a couple balls get away from him, no doubt. And hes just got to be smart about it. He knows that its never stopped. We get out of the meeting room, hes sweating. So we just have to put another wrist band on, put another towel, and keep it dry as best we can and then let it rip.
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