Mike Glennon making strides

August, 16, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

 
 AP Photo/Gerry Broome
 North Carolina State freshman quarterback Mike Glennon answers questions during football media day on Aug. 16. Three quarterbacks are competing for North Carolina State's starting job.

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Wow. This is the first time I've actually spoken to Mike Glennon in person, and having covered his older brother Sean, there is clearly a resemblance in both looks and mannerisms.

One reporter next to me actually called Mike by his brother's name, and somehow the conversation eventually took a turn to how Sean Glennon is handling the competition against Tyrod Taylor.

But this is NC State's day, so we'll leave the Hokies in Blacksburg.

Unlike several of his freshmen counterparts who enrolled early and were on campus for spring ball, Glennon came in just in time for summer school, and finished six hours of credits on Tuesday.

"He's been behind the curve that way," NC State coach Tom O'Brien said. "He's doing a good job and working hard at what he's doing, but it's amazing he's been able to accomplish what he's accomplished thus far given all the things we've asked of him."

Glennon said he hasn't been through this much competition since his sophomore year at Westfield High School (Virg.), when he split time with another quarterback. (He's only 18, so it's not like that sophomore season was eons ago.)

"I know what it's like to be the man, I know what it's like to not be the man," he said. "I'm kind of used to it actually."

No doubt he was The Man in high school. ESPN had him ranked as the No. 3 quarterback in the nation.

Glennon said his arm strength is ready, but he's working on his footwork, and adjusting to the speed of the game and the offense.

"The first day of practice I did alright but definitely not as good as I did in high school," he said. "I don't think I made so many mistakes during two years in high school as I did a week in practice this year. Just getting adjusted to everything was a humbling experience."

Glennon isn't being given any more leeway than his older counterparts just because of his inexperience in the system. Then again, that means he's got just as much of a chance at starting against South Carolina as his older teammates do.

"If he's able to move the football team and he's the best guy for the job," O'Brien said, "then he can do it."

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