Bryn Renner Q&A

CHAPEL HILL, N.C.-- Bryn Renner has earned plenty of attention as a freshman at UNC for his potential at quarterback, but his first live collegiate action occurred on the baseball diamond on Saturday. Renner spoke with Inside Carolina about both sports following the 4-2 victory over George Washington.

What's it been like to join this close-knit baseball team?
"It's awesome. They've really accepted me very well. I love the guys in there and I think we have a great team, so I'm looking forward to the season."

Can you talk about your first at-bat for the Diamond Heels?
"I just thought it was an once-in-a-lifetime experience. I've always dreamed of playing college baseball and it was an awesome experience."

On his ability to move runners into scoring position in his pinch hitting spot in the seventh inning:
"It seemed like it was going in slow motion because obviously it was a big time in the game where we needed to put a runner in scoring position. I was just looking for any way to get the runner over. Just getting the ball into the right side was what I was trying to do.

On his work at first base:
"I've played a little first base; I basically played everywhere before I came to Carolina. They wanted to try me out at first base and it's been going well. I'm looking forward to playing a new position, so I'm just trying to do the best I can."

On the red bats the freshmen have been using:
"We actually got those bats before the first game. We haven't used them before. We used them during batting practice and we've really liked them. I like them, personally. I think a lot of the other players do. It's just something about it; some new technology or something that's working well for us."

On Mike Cavasinni's strong play at the plate:
"It's very clutch of him. A fifth-year senior, he's been here forever. He's actually taught me and all of the other freshmen how to play here, so he's a great leader and I'm just really happy for him. He's a great guy."

On joining N.C. State's Russell Wilson and Clemson's Kyle Parker as quarterbacks also playing baseball in the ACC:
"I'm not really trying to join them. I'm just trying to do the best I can to help the Carolina team win. I'm just seeing if I can help the team out in any way."

On the competition at quarterback:
"It's going to be fun. I'm focusing on baseball right now, but I'm obviously doing football stuff as well. When that comes, I'll be ready for that, too."

On practicing against North Carolina's defense last fall:
"I thought that was a great experience for me, just as a person. Red-shirting was just a great experience. Going against the top defense in the country is just getting me better as a football player. And to actually go behind the scenes and study film and study defenses will really help me out the whole season during football."

What's your take on the heat T.J. Yates took last season?
"I think T.J. did a great job this season. He's taught me a lot just as a quarterback. He taught me about leadership and all of those things. He did a great job this season handling all of that stuff. He really didn't deserve it. I think he's a great leader and that he's going to have a great season next year, too."

On the football team's expectations in '10:
"I think we have a great senior-heavy football team. We've got T.J. coming back and Marvin [Austin] and the whole defense coming back. We're going to be ready for LSU."

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