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“For the first spring game since I’ve been the head coach at North Carolina, I don’t think there’s any way that it could have gone any better. I was more than pleasantly surprised and pleased with the huge turnout. Fans came out, it was awesome all day long. The student body was terrific, the band. The guy behind the scenes that deserves a tremendous amount of credit is Rick Steinbacher… But you can do all of the marketing and all of the promotions that you want, but people have still got to show up. And I’m thrilled with the way that people came out.
“The scrimmage itself – we had some apprehension as a coaching staff. When you divide the team -- how would the teams click without really ever having a chance to practice together? We were pleasantly surprised as a coaching staff that for the most part it was probably more efficient than we thought it was going to be. There were some areas where we did very well, and then some things that we didn’t do as well as possible.
“One of the areas that was clearly not one of the bright spots today, but I think there’s a little bit of a simple solution to it, and that’s getting some of our offensive linemen healthy. We clearly missed Carl Gaskins, we clearly missed Alan Pelc and we clearly missed T.J. Leifheit… Some of the time, so of the freshmen and some of the walk-on offensive linemen – it was a tough thing to have to go out there and do some of the pass protection things. But it’s a way to learn. They got an opportunity to go out and play and compete.”
On the QB position battle:
"I think T.J. has earned the opportunity to be the guy that either wins the job or loses the job, and I think Bryn has put himself in position to unbelievably push and compete for that job or significant playing time.”
On Renner’s abilities:
“He kind of came into the program with the ability to throw the ball from unusual positions. If we’re going to throw the ball 35-40 times during a ball game, there might be five times you hit your fifth step and you step in the pocket and you actually just throw the ball on rhythm. Most of the time you’re going to be sliding in the pocket, guys are reaching for you, you have to duck under a rush and you’re going to have to deliver the ball shoulders open, shoulders in different directions, across your body, and because of his arm strength that really gives him a good advantage in his ability to throw the football from bizarre and unusual positions.”
More on Renner:
“I think he’s done outstanding. He’s worked very, very hard. He’s a film junkie. He has a lot of pride and wants to play well. And every day he closes that gap.”
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On his opening touchdown drive:
“I feel like the first drive went pretty well -- better than I expected. But they weren’t blitzing or anything like that, so it was kind of generic stuff. It was really just a regular practice.”
Was this performance similar to your normal practice outing?
“I would think so. I tried to step it up a little more, because we were out there in front of the fans and I wanted to show what I could do. We took it to another level from practice.
On his progress:
“I think I still have to learn a lot. I’m not even close to where I need to be to be able to play quarterback. It’s going to be a long offseason for me.”
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On his play:
“I thought I did decent. I didn’t do as well as I could have. There’s always room for improvement.”
On how he felt about the way he threw the ball:
"It was pretty good. We ran a very base defense and offense, so I wasn't expecting too many big plays. I just made a lot of check-downs, to find my guys, and try to move the ball."
On the game:
"We did a good job running the ball on first and second down. We got ourselves in some bad situations in third and long. There are some things we could work on like just being more efficient on offense."
“He did a very good job. That's one of the best performances I've seen from him. He did a god job handling everything. When the defense came at him, he did a good job of getting rid of the ball. "
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“He came to play today. It really shocked me. It’s one thing to do it in practice because it’s scripted. But to actually come out here when the pressure’s on, the lights are on, the people are watching, and to make plays like that. It’s really something to see him progress into a play-maker.”
On the scrimmage:
"It was a fun time to divide the team in half and go at it, instead of just going first-string against second-string."
On the turnout:
"Guys were really excited to play. And to come out and see our fans behind us, we had such a good turnout. It was just tremendous to see something like this come true."