Written by Dalton Tevlin/Assistant Sports Director
FIU Football Coach Butch Davis has promoted the highly successful recruiting coordinator Bryn Renner to corner backs coach heading into the upcoming season.
The football team had a great outing last year, coming away with a victory in the Bahamas Bowl and they look to get even better moving forward.
Under the guidance of Renner, FIU had a Championship USA top ranked recruiting class in 2018 and have a lot of great talent to work with in this season.
Renner played as quarterback at University of North Carolina from 2011-2013, where he was one of the most efficient and decorated quarterbacks in the programs history, and was recruited by Davis himself and the two have had an amazing relationship that dates back nearly 15 years.
“He’s like a second father for me, he is really close with my family and he really means a lot to me as a role model as a leader,” said Renner. “What he looks for in a player and in a person, we just kind of connect”.
The relationship that Renner and Davis have, both on and off the field, have tremendous benefits in the success of the program. Both have worked together to find the right players to buy into the program.
“I went to UNC for the people, and I think that’s why people come to FIU, it’s for Coach Davis,” said Renner.
Renner’s recruiting career started when Davis was recruiting him. Davis put Renner in charge of recruiting this season in an attempt to draw more talent to the program.
Renner responded by shooting other highly touted prospects texts or calls and it resulted in UNC having the 15th ranked class in the nation, the highest in UNC history.
His time as a quarterback should help him with teaching these young corner backs how to read offenses and be more effective.
Playing quarterback is more than just throwing the ball, It’s reading defenses, seeing blitz packages, seeing how to corners and safeties are going to react and having knowledge from the mind of a great QB like Renner could help the FIU football team.
“I have studied defense since I was a little kid with my dad, and the first meeting I had with my dad he told me you better know defense before you know offense,” said Renner.
With so much football knowledge, Renner has been mentored by some of the greatest football minds we have ever seen. Not just Davis, but Renner has had guidance by one of the former NFL player, Peyton Manning.
“My first stop [ in the National Football League] was in Denver, Peyton Manning handed me a blitz package and said this is the blitz package I’ve been seeing for 17 years, good luck,” said Renner.
Any doubts about Renner’s ability to coach corner backs should be completely eliminated. It is clear that Renner has supreme football knowledge and at the young age of 29, has a bright future ahead of him in coaching.
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