When North Carolina plays at Virginia Tech, do not be surprised if both starting quarterbacks are hobbling around a little bit.
Bryn Renner and Logan Thomas are dealing with nagging injuries headed into their Coastal Division showdown on Saturday. And they are not the only ones. So far this season, six ACC starting quarterbacks have been injured. Two -- NC State’s Brandon Mitchell and Duke’s Anthony Boone -- have missed extended time.
The others have played through the pain and will continue to do so. Renner and Thomas are working through foot injuries this week, and both wore walking boots during their respective media sessions on Monday. Thomas also has an abdominal strain, sustained against Marshall two weeks ago.
Both Larry Fedora and Frank Beamer said during the ACC call Wednesday that their respective players were doing better. Fedora said of Renner, “He wasn’t in a boot in practice yesterday. He seemed to be moving around pretty good. Everything seems to be fine.”
Thomas, meanwhile, played through the abdominal strain against Georgia Tech last week but also ended up spraining his foot in the first quarter. He still ran for 58 yards, making back-to-back games where he has posted the same rushing total – his highest of the season.
“[Logan] told me yesterday he felt better this week than he felt last week,” Beamer said. “He’s a tough guy. He ran the ball several times there a week ago Thursday, but I think a couple extra days has helped somewhat, and so I think he’s going to be good to go on Saturday.”
As for the other injured quarterbacks, Miami coach Al Golden says Stephen Morris had "a great day” of practice on Wednesday and is close to being 100 percent for the Georgia Tech game after injuring his ankle in consecutive weeks.
Pitt quarterback Tom Savage told coach Paul Chryst he feels fine after sustaining a concussion last week against Virginia. The Panthers are fortunate in that they have a bye this week, and the plan all along was to take it easy on Savage to get backup Chad Voytik more reps. They expect Savage to play next week against Virginia Tech.
NC State also received good news about Mitchell, out since breaking a bone in his foot in the season opener. Coach Dave Doeren said Mitchell is off crutches and “there is hope for next week” [Oct. 12] against Syracuse.
Boone is the only with an uncertain situation. Coach David Cutcliffe does not have a timetable for his return. Boone has been out since breaking his collarbone in the second week against Memphis. Though Brandon Connette has played well in his place, Boone will be the starter when he is healthy.
“Anthony’s getting some light work in but until he can be cleared for contact, which may be quite some time, who knows,” Cutcliffe said. “We’re taking it week to week.”