His father, Bill, is a former punter for the Green Bay Packers (1986-87) and his sister, Summer, is a Radio City Rockette. The Virginia prep was one of the top-ranked quarterbacks in the country while also playing basketball and baseball. Redshirted in 2009. Played in 15 games for the Tar Heels baseball team in the spring of '10 before deciding to focus on football. Saw limited action in three games in the fall, completing 1-of-2 passes for 14 yards (50 percent) with zero touchdowns and zero interceptions as the backup to Texans 2011 fifth-rounder T.J. Yates. Took over as the starter in '11 and threw for 239-350-3,086-26-13 (68.3) in 13 games. Left the N.C. State game with concussion-like symptoms. Broke his own school record for touchdown passes in '12 after tossing 276-422-3,356-28-7 (65.4) in 12 starts. Was the first Tar Heel QB to reach 3,000 yards passing twice in a career. Had an injury-plagued senior campaign in '13, posting 152-231-1,765-10-5 (65.8) in seven starts. Missed the Virginia Tech game with a left foot injury. Left the N.C. State game with a left (non-throwing) shoulder injury and missed the final five games. Had surgery on Nov. 6 to repair a torn labrum and a fractured scapula. Had an 18-14 record in 32 career games.
Sets up with balance. Clean three-quarters release. Can throw with timing and anticipation short-to-intermediate. Understands ball placement -- tries to put throws where only his receivers can make a play. Flashes touch. Tough and competitive. Commands the huddle and shows good on-field demeanor. Three-year starter.
Lacks ideal height. Arm strength is just functional -- struggles to drive velocity throws on a line. Does not push the ball downfield often and accuracy wanes when he does. Needs a clean pocket to have success -- flustered when his rhythm is broken. Could stand to quicken his eyes. Tends to lock on and force throws into traffic. Slow-footed (not a scramble threat). Lacks ideal intangibles -- judgment, intelligence and preparation should be checked out.
Renner waited his turn behind Texans 2011 fifth-round pick T.J. Yates, but did not show drastic improvement over the course of his career, which ended with season-ending left (non-throwing) shoulder surgery in early November. Average arm strength limits Renner's ceiling, and he will have to compete for a job as a pocket-passing, short-to-intermediate clipboard holder.