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Friday, April 3, 2009
NC State's Glennon working to win starting job

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

When Mike Glennon signed his letter of intent to play for NC State, he did so knowing there would be a good chance he could play fairly soon. Five quarterbacks had an equal shot at earning the starting job last spring, and Glennon, then a true freshman, was one of them.

 
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  Mike Glennon has an uphill climb to unseat Russell Wilson as NC State's starting quarterback.

Few, though, expected quarterback Russell Wilson to have the kind of eye-opening season he did last year in his first season as starter while Glennon, a highly prized recruit, redshirted. This spring and summer, it's Wilson's job to lose, but that doesn't mean Glennon isn't as hungry for it as he was a year ago.

"My expectations are still the same," he said. "I want to be the starting quarterback. I don't want to take a backseat to Russell, and I don't think Russell wants to give up the front seat. It's a clean, healthy, competition. We get along fine. But both of our goals are to be the guy. But that's up to coach [Tom] O'Brien. I'll just keep working hard, and whatever happens, let it happen."

It's not just playerspeak: Glennon and Wilson really are good friends. On Wednesday, Wilson got Glennon tickets to his baseball game. They both played well in the Pack's Thursday afternoon controlled scrimmage. Wilson was 10-of-15 for 179 yards and Glennon was 7-of-16 for 133 yards and a touchdown.

Here's the big question, though: Will Glennon stay if he doesn't play?

"My goal is to start this year and that's all I can really worry about right now," he said. "That's not even a question right now."

This offseason, Glennon said he concentrated on his footwork, and a high release, as well as getting the timing down with his receivers. He's bulked up and gotten stronger this winter, and most importantly, the game has slowed down for him.

"That was one of the reasons I tended to struggle last year," he said. "The speed of the game was a lot faster. Going against the first team defense and scout team all year made it a lot easier. I can see the defense a lot clearer now. It's not as fuzzy as it was last year."

Nor is the competition at quarterback.

NOTE: According to GoPack.com, senior defensive tackle Alan-Michael Cash had surgery on Wednesday and will miss the rest of the spring and redshirt freshman offensive lineman Andrew Wallace will miss the rest of the spring because of a cyst.