A Bright Future For Glennon

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Mike Glennon has had a productive senior season, and his coaches believe that at the end of the year he will be mentioned among the nation's best when the time comes to select quarterbacks to play in the NFL.

Mike Glennon has had a productive senior season, and his coaches believe that at the end of the year he will be mentioned among the nation's best when the time comes to select quarterbacks to play in the NFL.

"Certainly [Mike Glennon] has great talent which we've known about," said NC State head coach Tom O'Brien. "I think everybody is recognizing the talent he does have. When you come down to the first quarterback taken in the NFL draft he's going to be in the conversation because of what he's shown this year and what he's done.

"I think his play has been strong," added offensive coordinator Dana Bible. "He is a better quarterback each game. He makes plays, throws, and decisions... better each week. We feel strong that he's had an outstanding season, and the best is still to come."

Bible hinted at it and he firmly believes that Glennon has a ceiling at the position he has yet to reach. It seems that today in college football is much different than in the past when college quarterbacks would spend a couple of seasons carrying a clipboard before taking over as the starter.

Look at NC State. Philip Rivers was a four-year starter. Russell Wilson started as a freshman, sophomore, and junior before transferring to Wisconsin for his senior season. Last year's top two quarterbacks, Robert Griffin and Andrew Luck, both started as freshmen. All of those guys learned on the fly and were essentially seasoned veterans when their college careers were over.

Because of the emergence of Wilson, Glennon didn't earn his first start until his redshirt junior year when he passed for 31 touchdowns and 3,054 yards in 2011. Glennon has now started 24 straight games for the Wolfpack, and even he believes that he will only continue to improve.

"There are guys that have played a lot of football and seen all sorts of things," said Glennon. "I've seen a lot, but there is a lot more to come.

"Each week there is a new challenge ahead of us, but I do think I have a bright future ahead of me and my best football is yet to come."

"He's not a finished product," said Bible. "He has just 24 starts under his belt. He's not someone who has played 40-something games and this is what you're going to get.

"He is still a work-in-progress, and I do believe his best game is coming up this next game because he really applies himself. He learns from his experiences. He has a burning desire to be a really, really good player."

What will make Glennon even more attractive to NFL scouts is his proficiency within the Wolfpack offense. A true pro-style attack, Bible's system has churned out current NFL starters Matt Ryan and Russell Wilson among others. With the majority of college football going to spread offenses that employ dink-and-dunk passes and a variety of quick screens, Bible's offense requires that his quarterbacks make reads and challenge defenses vertically.

"I do know the makeup of this offense... it's a quarterback-centric offense," said Bible. "It's a pro-style offense and everything goes through the quarterback so his plate is full.

"But, the kids that we recruit, those are the kids that want their plate full. They want that responsibility and want to be in this offense. The quarterback is asked to do a lot of different things, and his command of that takes time, but when they get it he can be very productive, as you can see with Mike."

Glennon still has one game remaining in Carter-Finley Stadium and that will be this Saturday against Boston College. The Eagles play a lot of zone, which is much different than what Glennon and the Wolfpack faced last weekend in Death Valley.

"The difference between the two is pretty extreme," said Glennon. "Clemson is more of a man defense while Boston College is primarily zone. They are two very different defenses but we're prepared for it.

"The thing is, I'll need to get into a good rhythm. There are going to be chances to get into a rhythm and make throws. The types of throws I will have to make are going to be different than against Clemson, where I might throw a wide receiver open. Against zone you normally just have to find the holes and throw there."

What will Glennon's emotions be like on Senior Day?

"I'm not too sure," he said, smiling. "I'm sure it will be exciting and sad or emotional at the same time. But, it's just another chance to play with my teammates one last time in the stadium.

"I'm going to enjoy it. It's an opportunity to get us to a better bowl game."

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