North Carolina starting senior cornerback Patrice Rene is out for the season, UNC announced on Monday morning before head coach Mack Brown's press conference. Rene suffered a torn right ACL in the first half of Saturday's win over Miami.
A 6-foot-2 native of Canada, Rene will have the opportunity to come back for the 2020 season because he has not used his redshirt season.
“As excited as we are about the win, we’re disappointed for Patrice Rene," Brown said on Monday. "He’s worked so hard and he played so well for us at corner and he’s out for the year. He does have another year because he did not redshirt. He’ll have a decision to make whether he wants to rehab and come back for his fifth year or he’ll graduate in December and he could go ahead and try to get drafted or apply to the NFL or he could go out in the business world. We do want him back if he wants to come back."
A leader for the UNC defense, Rene started all 11 games in 2018 and tallied 31 tackles, two interceptions, five pass breakups, and a fumble recovery. He entered the 2019 season as the Tar Heels's No. 1 cornerback and a key piece of the Carolina defense.