Player Spotlight: Joseph Glenn

Joseph Glenn is a player to watch in central Texas next fall. The 5-foot-10, 195-pound running back is coming off back-to-back seasons of more than 1,000 yards rushing at Giddings High School. As a junior, Glenn was named Offensive MVP of District 23-5A with 1,514 rushing yards and 24 touchdowns for the season.


"I achieve a lot of individual goals, but we wanted to do better as a team," said Joseph Glenn. "This year I did a better job of being an all-around team player. I set my teammates up with blocks and made smarter decisions in going in high-low."

Glenn got out of the box quickly. He had 244 yards and three touchdowns and a 75-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in his first game against Burnet. Glenn scored five rushing touchdowns in game two against Royal. He rushed for 180 yards on 15 carries and three touchdowns in game three against LaVernia. After the season he started to hear from interested universities.

"It was on Christmas break when I talked with Wake Forest," Glenn said. "I think it was the running backs coach. He said they have a four year scholarship waiting on me, so I think that's an offer. I'm not clear though because later they said they want to see more of me next season.

"Texas Tech is the biggest school showing the most interest. I've heard from Texas A&M a little and went to their Junior Day last weekend. I've also heard from Baylor, Rice, and Kansas State."

Glenn was named First Team running back at the U.S. Army National Combine in San Antonio in January. He hopes to keep getting out to camps and combines this spring and into the summer to increase his visibility among college coaches.

"I'm going to a Junior Day at Texas Tech," said Glenn. "In March, I'll go to a Nike combine in either Houston or Dallas. I'll be at some camps too over the summer."

Glenn camped last summer at TCU, Texas A&M, and Baylor. He ran a 4.47 40-yard dash at the TCU camp. Glenn says he's using track to help springboard his speed in football, an area he hopes to improve on to prime him for a big senior year at Giddings.

"I always want to get better stats than the year before," Glenn said. "Hopefully I'll hit my peak in rushing yards. Really, I just want to be a better captain and leader for my team and win more games."

Glenn's older brother, LaPear Willrich, was part of this year's signing class at West Texas A&M. Next year his younger brother will join him as a sophomore on the 2012 roster.

Glenn was recognized as All-State Honorable Mention in Texas 3A for his performance as a junior. He wears jersey No. 28 for the Giddings Buffaloes.

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