Oct. 31, 2012
Raleigh, N.C. -
Quarterback Mike Glennon has been on a tear since ACC play has started. The Pack’s QB has completed 106-of-196 passes for 1,473 yards (368.3 avg.), and 13 touchdowns over the last four games, all in ACC play.
“My confidence level right now is probably as high as it’s been since I’ve been here,” said Glennon. “Last year as a first year starter you continue to build confidence and just adapt to different situations.
“Now I feel like I’ve kind of seen it all. Going into the later half of a senior year, that’s where you should be as a quarterback. The past few games have helped that out, and I have that confidence in myself and my teammates.”
Last weekend at North Carolina, Glennon threw for a career-best 467 yards, completing 29-of-52 passes. That total is the fourth-highest single game total in State history. He also tied his career high with 5 TD passes, a mark that also ties the school record.
“Throwing for a lot of yards is good, but it’s more important to get the win,” said Glennon. “Our passing game was pretty sharp for the most part, it’s shown improvements but there is still stuff to work on.
“Saturday was one of those days that the ball felt good coming out of my hand. The wide receivers got open, and guys made some good catches.”
Glennon’s average in ACC games leads the ACC, as Miami’s Stephen Morris is way back in second at 318.4 yards a game. He also leads the ACC with 306.9 yards an outing in all games, a mark that is 11th nationally.
Only once before in State history has a Pack QB averaged over 300 yards passing per game on the season, Philip Rivers averaged 345.5 yards an outing in 2003.
Glennon had three games over 300 yards last season, and with his three this year so far, he is third all-time in the State record books for career games over that mark (Philip Rivers 19, Russell Wilson 12).
Earlier this season, he broke the 400-yard mark, throwing for 440 yards. He is the first to throw for over 400 in a game since Philip Rivers did so five times in 2003, and only 4 players have ever thrown for over 400 in the State record books now (Rivers, Shane Montgomery, and Jamie Barnette).
“He’s been so good for the last few weeks, he has been right on lately,” said head coach Tom O’Brien. “He is playing at a really high level. We have to protect him and catch balls, and he can make things happen.”
Glennon is the only quarterback in the ACC, and just 1 of 5 in the BCS, to have accounted for all of his team’s passing yards this season. He ranks fourth in school history in career TD passes (51) and fifth in passing yards (5,835) with only 20 career starts.
“If he continues to play the way he has, he will have a very bright (NFL) future,” said O’Brien.
Glennon will also be facing a familiar foe this weekend in the Virginia Cavaliers. One of only two Wolfpack players from the state of Virginia, Glennon remembers how the Cavs were the first school to offer him a scholarship out of high school.
“Virginia will always be special to me because they were the first to offer me,” said Glennon. “I was recruited by some of their coaches, and I’m real familiar with their program. I have a lot of respect for their program.”