Glennon: "I've Loved My Time Here"

NC State quarterback Mike Glennon recently spoke exclusively with Pack Pride, discussing his upcoming Senior Bowl trip, the Wolfpack's bowl match up with Vanderbilt and his career in Raleigh.

Senior Bowl
Although Glennon wasn't up on all the details of his trip to Alabama for the 2013 Senior Bowl, the trip should serve as a showcase for him, a chance to continue his steady climb up draft boards and mock draft lists. Glennon accepted the invitation Dec. 13, and will travel to Mobile during the last week of January to take part in a week of practice led by NFL coaches. The game is played Jan. 26 at 3 p.m. at Ladd-Peebles Stadium and will be televised by the NFL Network.

"I was really excited because it's something I had my mind set on, something I wanted to accomplish," Glennon said of the invite. "Not that I have the chance to go it's another opportunity to prove myself once that week comes."

If the 2012 Senior Bowl is any indication, teams will be watching Glennon and the other quarterbacks in attendance with a focus on who could play right away. Of the six signal-callers who attended last year's game, five have started at least one game in the NFL this season. Former NC State and Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson and former Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden have 14 starts each, with Wilson's incredible season landing him squarely in the Rookie of the Year race.

Nick Foles took over for Mike Vick mid-season and has made five starts, Ryan Lindley has started the last three games for the Arizona Cardinals, and Kirk Cousins replaced the injured Robert Griffin III a week ago to lead Washington to a huge win over Cleveland.

Other quarterbacks who have accepted invites for the 2013 game are Florida State's EJ Manuel and Arkansas' Tyler Wilson. Glennon said T.J. Graham and Audie Cole, who both attended the 2012 edition of the Senior Bowl, told him to be ready for a gruesome week.

"They both said there are times you don't want to be there because it's such a grueling week, but other than that I'm not really sure of too many of the details," he said. "I'll find out in January."

Preparing For Vanderbilt
Although Glennon said he's excited for the next step in his football career, he said he and his teammates have practiced well in preparation for their Music City Bowl meeting with Vanderbilt. That practice will need to translate into solid play against the Commodores, who have won six straight entering the bowl. Vanderbilt features a 1,000-yard rusher in Zach Stacy and a 1,200-yard receiver in Jordan Matthews along with a defense that gives up just over 18 points per game, good for 15th nationally.

"They are really well-coached, and they are one of the hottest teams in the country," Glennon said. "When you add in the fact that we'll be playing in their backyard, it's going to be a tough opponent for us. With all that has gone on, we're in a good place and we're ready to go to Nashville."

The other stuff that has "gone on," as Glennon put it, has certainly changed the mindset of players in bowl practices. Glennon said NC State's younger players have shown a little extra fire, especially when new NC State head coach Dave Doeren is at practice. Doeren has slowly been putting together his staff during the bowl preparation.

"I didn't really know what to expect with the change, but it's been really good," he said. "Young guys will have their first chance to make impressions on the new coaches and the seniors have one last shot to make an impression that could impact our futures. Everyone has their own reasons to be motivated, but we also want to win this last one together."

Taking Stock
Although he admitted that his career in Raleigh has been a bit of a "winding road," Glennon said Wednesday that he couldn't be happier with the way everything worked out. The NC State record books agree.

Glennon's back-to-back 30-touchdown seasons were a first in NC State history, and he ranks fourth in program history with 7,028 passing yards. Despite starting just 25 games, he's also near the top of the record books in several other categories. His 493 passing yards against Clemson are the second most in a single game, and the 5 touchdowns he threw against the Tigers tied a school record.

He is also the only second quarterback (Philip Rivers, 2003) in school history to average at least 300 passing yards per game during an entire season. All in all, Glennon's short career as the Wolfpack's starter has been a huge success.

"It worked out for me, and I've loved my time here at NC State," he said. "I would have liked to have won a few more games and an ACC Championship, but other than that I've had a great time here. It has definitely set me up for my future."

After Football?
It's not something he's focusing on too much, but Glennon said he's hoping to stay in the sports world once his career in the NFL is over. With an undergraduate degree in business management and a master's in liberal studies, he'll have options.

"I'd like to stay in the sports industry, maybe get into the business side of it," he said. "I'm not really sure what that would be, right now, I love football and I'm focused on that. I love the game of football so I can't imagine leaving it."

Considering the events of the last month, Glennon did say coaching may be a tough sell as a future career.

"It's a tough business. Part of me would like to, but seeing this last month, there is another part of me that says no way."


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