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After playing wide receiver each of his first two seasons on the varsity football level, 6-3, 192-pound Bryn Renner became West Springfield’s (Springfield, VA) starting quarterback as a junior in 2007. Renner, who prepared well to take over as starting signal caller, turned in an excellent year, passing for 2,749 yards with 32 touchdowns and only seven interceptions. He completed 63-percent of his passes in the Spartans spread offense.
Playing quarterback was nothing new for Renner, who led West Springfield to a 10-3 record last season including an appearance in the Northern Region championship game.
“I got a lot of great experience as a receiver my freshman and sophomore years,” Renner said. “I played scout team quarterback. I played quarterback mostly all of my life except for my freshman and sophomore years. Starting last season was just more about getting in a rhythm with the team. I think I adjusted pretty well. The team picked me up. We had a great running back in Brandon Bailey. We had good chemistry.”
Renner not only was an effective passer last season, but he got the job done on the ground as well.
“He ran one touchdown for 73 yards against Centreville, which probably has one of the quickest defenses in our area,” said West Springfield head coach Bill Renner, who is Bryn’s father. “He actually had 600 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns on the season. He is more than capable of running the football.”
Renner’s 2007 season performance has translated into Division 1A scholarship offers. He has four so far, including Michigan State, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia Tech. Clemson, Duke, Maryland, Notre Dame, Penn State, Vanderbilt and Virginia have expressed at least some interest to date, with Duke, Maryland and Vanderbilt expected to be in touch very soon with regards to an offer.
“College coaches have mentioned that he looks very polished,” Bill Renner said. “He throws and runs very well. He has the ability to escape out of the pocket. If he needs to buy time to throw, he can do that. If he needs to pull it down, he can do that. He doesn’t look to run a lot. He looks to buy time and throw.”
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