Focus 2006: Pro Style Passer Brennen Glass

You can never have enough running backs, an old football adage that Iowa experienced first hand last year. You also need to recruit one quarterback prospect per year, or so it would seem through monitoring the recruiting habits around the Big Ten. Iowa landed one of the best this year in Jake Christensen. The Hawks might look to add another quarterback to the fold in the class of 2006, and they are eyeing several prospects, including Brennen Glass of Springfield, Ohio.

Jeremy Beckham is the offensive coordinator for Springfield South High School in Ohio, and he feels that he has a pretty good signal caller on his hands in Brennen Glass (6-4, 212).

"He had 3,052 passing yards, 29 touchdowns and was the catalyst for what we did on offense, as we averaged 37 points per game last year," Beckham said. "We run a wide open attack, similar to a Purdue style of offense. When the ball is in his hands 35 times per game to throw it, that is pretty much what happened."

College programs around the Midwest and East Coast are taking notice of Glass' talents: Notre Dame, Kentucky, Purdue, Maryland, Boston College and Iowa are just some of the schools that have expressed interest.

"Iowa was involved early on with him. It's surprising, to be honest with you. Typically Iowa takes more of an athlete, or at least those have been my thoughts; that they were looking for more of a Mike Vick type," Beckham said, remembering the exposure that Brad Banks received during his senior season.

"But I think that Brennen can handle what they are looking for on offense, as he can make decisions and changes on the run. We run a lot of shot gun, but we also run a significant amount of play action passing; at least 40 percent of our offense. We love that play fake, as teams always seem to bite on it."

Beckham feels that Glass has all of the intangibles, both physically and mentally, to excel at the position.

"He is a heck of a talent, and he has a lot of the intangibles, things that I have not seen in my years of coaching. He has the leadership and he is capable of rallying his teammates around him." Beckham said.

", Plus, he has the arm; I know that he can throw the ball 70 yards. We throw a significant amount of 18-yard comeback or out routes on the sidelines, and Brennen can get the ball out there in a hurry."

Though glass has yet to receive his first scholarship offer, Beckham expects for them to come very soon.

"Duke and Virginia are pushing hard. I am assuming something will happen this summer after he takes some visits. He is very interested in seeing what Iowa has to offer. He likes the fact that he would play in a program and for a coach that has NFL experience, so Iowa is clearly a place they are interested in, given Coach Ferentz's background and reputation."

NOTE: Beckham told HN.com that he coaches another prospect who is hearing from high major programs; offensive lineman Lee Tilley.


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