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Injury ends Bryn Renner’s season, UNC career


A foot injury cost Bryn Renner an early-October game against Virginia Tech and snapped his consecutive start streak at 29 straight.  Now, another injury a few feet north has reportedly cost the senior the remainder of his collegiate career as well.

Citing multiple team sources, is reporting that the North Carolina quarterback’s season has come to an end thanks to a shoulder injury.  Renner, who is in the midst of his final season of collegiate eligibility, suffered the injury in the third quarter of Saturday’s win over rival North Carolina State.

Renner actually returned to the game with what was originally thought to be a shoulder dislocation.  However, the website writes, “further tests following the game revealed more significant damage to the shoulder.”

Just what the particular damage is was not detailed.

UNC officials have declined to discuss the extent of Renner’s injury, although an update on his status could come as early as today.

With Renner seemingly sidelined for the remainder of the season, Marquise Williams will take over sole ownership of the starting job.  The sophomore started in place of an injured Renner against the Hokies.

UPDATED 3:51 p.m. ET: UNC confirmed in a press release that Renner will undergo season-ending surgery on his left (non-throwing) shoulder Wednesday.  The surgery is required to repair a detached labrum and fracture and fracture in the joint.

“We are disappointed to lose a senior leader and a great teammate like Bryn,” said head coach Larry Fedora in a statement. “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.”


Starting Navy S Kwazel Bertrand undergoes surgery, likely out for season

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Navy has seen one of its most productive players on the defensive side of the ball play for perhaps the final time this season.

Kwazel Bertrand sustained a broken ankle in the win over Air Force last Saturday, head coach Ken Niumatalolo confirmed earlier this week. As a result, the defensive back will very likely miss the remainder of the 2015 season.

And, because he is a senior and has no other eligibility avenues to pursue, it would effectively end his collegiate career as well.

“I feel terrible for Kwazel. It’s really unfortunate any time a senior goes down with a season-ending injury,” Niumatalolo said. “Kwazel has been a really good player for us and we’re going to miss his presence out on the field.”

Bertrand started 27 games over the past three-plus seasons, including all four in 2015.

Unitas Award whittles watch list in half down to 15

FORT WORTH, TX - OCTOBER 03:  Trevone Boykin #2 of the TCU Horned Frogs looks for an open receiver against the Texas Longhorns in the second quarter at Amon G. Carter Stadium on October 3, 2015 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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You know how I know we’re gradually creeping up on the end of another regular season?  Watch lists are being whittled.

The first major honor to do so is the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, which is given out annually to the best quarterback who is a college senior or fourth-year junior.  The preseason watch list was 30 quarterbacks strong; the newest list has been cut in half to 15.

The most recent list includes one of the top Heisman contenders (TCU’s Trevone Boykin) and the top two nationally in passing yards (Bowling Green’s Matt Johnson, Western Kentucky’s Brandon Doughty), as well as a quarterback who’s closing in on the all-time FBS record for rushing touchdowns (Navy’s Keenan Reynolds).

The Pac-12 leads all conferences with three watch listers, followed by two each from the AAC, ACC and Big Ten.  The SEC has as many players (one, Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott) as the FCS (North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz).

Last year’s winner was Marcus Mariota of Oregon.

Trevone Boykin, TCU
Jacoby Brissett, NC State
Connor Cook, Michigan State
Brandon Doughty, WKU
Everett Golson, Florida State
Kevin Hogan, Stanford
Matt Johnson, Bowling Green
Cody Kessler, USC
Paxton Lynch, Memphis
Dak Prescott, Mississippi State
Keenan Reynolds, Navy
Nate Sudfeld, Indiana
Carson Wentz, N. Dakota State
Marquise Williams, North Carolina
Travis Wilson, Utah