Freshman Bryn Renner welcomes the chance to play in any football game at Kenan Stadium, even if it's against his own teammates.
The Tar Heels' spring game on Saturday will be the public's first glimpse at Renner, the program's quarterback of the future.
As the quarterback of the White team, Renner will be going against senior starter T.J. Yates, who'll lead the Blues. He's not approaching the game as a direct competition with Yates, who has held the starting job for three years.
"I know the fans are going to be a lot of that," Renner said Wednesday. "I'm more concerned with getting better. The more experience I can get, the better I'll be as a player."
Renner has impressed everyone in UNC's camp, coaches and players alike, with his arm strength and energy. At 6-3 and 195 pounds, he also has good mobility.
That combination of raw talent has led UNC coach Butch Davis to re-examine the starting job, although the coach has been clear that it's Yates' job to lose before the Sept. 3 opener against Louisiana State on national television.
Even Yates, who described Renner as his "little brother," said there's not getting around Renner's natural ability.
"He's got a really good arm," Yates said of Renner. "He's got so much energy, he's definitely a fun guy to be around."
Renner has been trying to balance football practice with his first baseball season. The NCAA limits the number of hours of participation in single day and over the course of a week. With Renner playing for the baseball team, that has cut into his time with the football coaches. He doesn't think playing two sports has hurt his chances of supplanting Yates.
"I don't think so," Renner said. "I try to balance my day. I think it's worked out greatly."