LB Carson Has Chip on Shoulder

Being snubbed by the NFL Combine has been a driving force for Penn State's multiple-year starter. We caught up with him recently.


Penn State linebacker Glenn Carson has never been afraid to speak his mind. So at the Nittany Lions' Pro Day earlier this month, the three-year starter who ranks 10th on PSU's career tackles list (261) did not mince words when talking about his motivation.

In a somewhat surprising development, given Penn State's recent proclivity for developing NFL linebackers, Carson was not invited to the league's Scouting Combine in February.

That made the April 8 Pro Day in Lasch Building and Holuba Hall his one chance to impress NFL scouts.

“I felt a little underappreciated after not getting a Combine invite, Carson said. “That kind of brought a chip on my shoulder and I wanted to come out and prove to everybody that I can move, and all the doubts that people have about me, just prove them wrong.”

Official results from the Pro Day were not made public. But Carson said he turned in the following numbers.

Height: 6-foot-2

Weight: 238 pounds

40-yard dash: 4.7 seconds

3-cone: 6.9 seconds

20-yard shuttle: 4.25 seconds

Vertical: 35 inches

Bench: 30 reps

As noted earlier, Carson has always been a straight shooter, so we have no reason to doubt the numbers he reported. If they are accurate, he had to help himself in the eyes of the scouts.

His bench numbers would have tied for first among LBs at the Combine, with Michigan State's Max Bullough and -- interestingly enough -- former Penn State teammate Khairi Fortt of Cal.

His 3-cone would have been fifth among LBs at the Combine, shuttle 10th, 40 11th and vertical 12th.

“I think I did pretty well,” Carson said afterward. “I'm a perfectionist, so I'm the wrong person to ask. I'm always saying I could do better. But overall, I think I had a pretty good day.”

You can hear more from Carson in our video interview above.


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