Thursday, April 14, 2011
Commonwealth connection for ACC QBs
By Heather Dinich
North Carolina quarterback Bryn Renner and NC State quarterback Mike Glennon are just two of the many ACC signal-callers that hail from Virginia.
NC State quarterback Mike Glennon has played against North Carolina quarterback Bryn Renner since they were in youth league. They grew up about 20 minutes away from each other in the state of Virginia. Glennon’s older brother, Sean, was a former quarterback at Virginia Tech, and Renner’s parents are both Virginia Tech alumni.
The two first-year starting quarterbacks last played against each other in high school -- when Glennon got the last word.
“We beat his team senior year,” Glennon said. “Hopefully it will be the same outcome.”
Get ready for a new era of quarterback rivalries in the ACC.
“It’s going to be awesome,” said Renner, whose father, Bill, was a punter for the Hokies and the Green Bay Packers. “We all know each other and have a little bond. All of the Virginia quarterbacks are trying to get ready to play.”
Almost half of the quarterbacks in the ACC are from the state of Virginia, and that will increase to six if Michael Rocco, David Watford or Ross Metheny wins the starting job at UVA. And of course, they all know former Virginia Tech quarterback Tyrod Taylor. Clemson’s Tajh Boyd (Hampton), Virginia Tech’s Logan Thomas (Lynchburg), Florida State’s EJ Manuel (Virginia Beach), NC State’s Glennon (Centreville, Va.), and North Carolina’s Renner (West Springfield) all have the Commonwealth connection, and all of them will be in their first year leading their respective offenses.
“Going back to Virginia Tech this season is going to be like a homecoming,” Boyd said of the Tigers’ Oct. 1 trip to Blacksburg. “I’m definitely looking forward to it.”
Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer said he recruited all of them.
“Renner, we liked him,” Beamer said. “His dad punted here. Everybody thinks they can play quickly or wants to play quickly, and who’s here affects some of those decisions. Manuel, we recruited him and always thought he was a terrific quarterback. Glennon, the style of quarterback we’ve had success with might have affected his decision. I think he’s terrific. I like Sean Glennon a lot, but I think Mike might be better.”
Boyd said he played with Thomas in the Army game, and he and Renner met their junior year. Both went to the Elite 11 camp.
“We always keep in touch,” Boyd said of Renner. “He came down not too long ago and hung out with us. We talk a little trash. He’s an exciting player. I know he didn’t play much last year, but in high school, the guy could move, he could throw.”
Thomas said he and Boyd text each other a lot, and he also knows Virginia’s Rocco well.
“We were friends long before this whole football rivalry thing,” Thomas said of Boyd. “We just talk about life in general, not really too much football.”
Watford is also from Hampton, and graduated from the same high school as Taylor.
Manuel said he’s closest with Taylor, and is Facebook friends with Glennon.
“I hope Mike and Tajh have successful seasons, especially Mike,” Manuel said. “Mike was kind of in the same situation I was -- had a guy in front of him that was really good. He was already there. I think he’ll do well if he has a chance to play this year.”
He’ll find out just how well on Oct. 29, when FSU hosts NC State.