North Carolina is starting the post-Bryn Renner era at quarterback much earlier than it had hoped.
With Renner done for the year following shoulder surgery, the Tar Heels (3-5, 2-3 ACC) are putting their flickering bowl hopes in the hands of Marquise Williams, starting with Saturday's visit from slumping Virginia (2-7, 0-5).
Renner, a fifth-year senior, had started all but one game for the Tar Heels since the start of the 2011 season but separated his left shoulder during last week's win at North Carolina State.
He ended his career as the school's most accurate passer and ranked among the career leaders in touchdown passes, yards passing, completions and attempts.
He had been rotating with Williams during the past few weeks, but now the job is all Williams'.