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Inside the Headset with the AFCA

Jul 23, 2020

This week on Inside the Headset, we are featuring Florida International University Cornerbacks Coach, Bryn Renner. Coach Renner explains the significance of recruiting multi-sport athletes, discusses his transition from offense to defense, and shares about his NFL experience.

Bryn Renner was promoted to FIU’s cornerbacks coach on Feb. 27, 2019.

Renner previously served as FIU’s recruiting coordinator, landing some of FIU’s most highly touted prospects during that time. Since joining the staff in 2017, FIU has been near the top or at the top of Conference USA, with 2018’s class ranking No. 1 overall.

Renner played college ball at the University of North Carolina, and is known as one of the most decorated quarterbacks in school history after rewriting the UNC record books from 2011-13. Upon leaving, the three-year starter at QB owned the school record for most 300-yard passing games in a career and set the record for most passing touchdowns in program history twice. Renner’s accurate 66.5 completion percentage while at UNC also ranks first all-time at the program.

Following a recording-breaking collegiate career at UNC, Renner spent time in the NFL as he played for the Steelers, Chargers, Titans, Ravens, and Broncos. After his NFL career, Renner broke into the coaching ranks as Austin Peay’s quarterbacks coach in 2016, before heading back to his alma mater, UNC for the same position a year later.

The former 4-star recruit, who was signed by Butch Davis at UNC, was named to the 2013 Davey O’Brien Award Watch List and Maxwell Award Watch List after being named 2012 All-ACC Honorable Mention. In addition to football, Renner also played baseball for the Tar Heels as a first baseman and designated hitter.

  • [0:28] Start of interview
  • [0:45] The best of both: Baseball and football
  • [3:10] O-Line, D-Line, Wrestling
  • [5:22] The post-collegiate journey
  • [10:16] Transitioning from playing QB to coaching CB
  • [14:07] Learning from Peyton Manning and Joe Flacco
  • [17:50] The lasting impact of the AFCA 35 Under 35 Coaches Leadership Institute
  • [19:22] Lawn Mowing Enthusiast

You can follow Coach Renner on Twitter.