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QB Bryn Renner's UNC career ended by shoulder injury

By Chip Patterson | Staff Writer

Bryn Renner's UNC career is reportedly over due to a shoulder injury. (USATSI)
Bryn Renner's UNC career is over due to a shoulder injury. (USATSI)

North Carolina quarterback Bryn Renner has played his last game in a Tar Heels uniform after suffering a season-ending shoulder injury against N.C. State on Saturday.

Renner took off on a five-yard scramble late in the third quarter and was hit by N.C. State's Monty Nelson as he was sliding to the ground. Renner immediately grabbed his left shoulder and received medical attention from the training staff, but returned to the field briefly in the fourth quarter. Inside Carolina first reported the news Tuesday morning, then Renner's North Carolina teammates sending their best wishes on Twitter and UNC issued a statement.

"We are disappointed to lose a senior leader and a great teammate like Bryn," Tar Heels coach Larry Fedora said. "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."

With Renner out, redshirt sophomore Marquise Williams likely becomes the full-time quarterback for the Tar Heels offense. Williams started in place of Renner against Virginia Tech, and has been a regular, chance-of-pace presence in the offense in the last three games.

Renner finishes his UNC career ranked third in passing yards (8,221), second in passing touchdowns (64), third in completions (668) and becomes the school's new career leader for completion percentage (66.5).

North Carolina needs to win three of the final four games (Virginia, at Pittsburgh, Old Dominion, Duke) to become bowl eligible for the first time under head coach Larry Fedora. While the Tar Heels finished with a 8-4 record in 2012, they were ineligible to compete for the ACC title or play in a bowl game due to NCAA sanctions.

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