Mike Glennon Talks NFL, Wolfpack Memories
Dec. 3, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. - In a relatively short period of time, former NC State quarterback Mike Glennon has built a rather impressive resume in his initial season as a Tampa Bay Buccaneer in the National Football League.
Since taking over as the Bucs starting QB in Week 4, Glennon has set new rookie franchise records in passing yards (1,962) and touchdowns (13), still with four games remaining. Glennon also established a new NFL record, as he passed for at least one touchdown in each of his first eight career starts, a streak that ended this past weekend.
“The more I see of Mike Glennon, the more I like him,” commented illustrious NFL writer Peter King in a Monday Morning Quarterback feature.
The NFL named Glennon the Offensive Player of the Month in November, after he led the Bucs to a 3-1 record with the only loss in overtime on the road to powerful Seattle -- quarterbacked by former Pack teammate Russell Wilson.
In those four games, Glennon completed 70.5 percent of his passes (62 of 88) for 785 yards, seven touchdowns and one interception. He produced a quarterback passing rating of 119.7 – a number that is not only remarkable for a rookie with four previous starts, but also a best by any NFL signal-caller during that span.
“Each week I’m learning a lot,” Glennon noted in a phone interview after a recent Buccaneer practice. “That builds confidence. Still, a lot of things are new to me.”
He also led the NFL in November in touchdown percentage and yards per pass attempt (8.92) while ranking second in completion percentage and seventh in interception percentage.
The third draft choice entered the 2013 season in much the same fashion as he found himself in the 2009 collegiate season in Raleigh as a redshirt freshman. He was drafted as a backup to starting quarterback Josh Freeman, just as he backed up Wilson at State.
“I had to be prepared to play behind Russell and I prepared to step in here,” he said.
Glennon recalled the State coaching staff having no idea of how he or Wilson would ultimately perform. But after Wilson won the starting job, Glennon said he “worked hard to contribute” in the same manner that he has prepared at Tampa Bay.
“Having two good quarterbacks was a tough situation at State,” he continued. “With the quarterback position, only one can play. It’s not like other positions. But it was a great competition. And looking back, it was a great experience being with Russell. We pushed each other.”
The 6-foot-7 signal caller said he spends more hours preparing for a game in the NFL. “There is no limit on hours here like there is in college with the NCAA. But I worked a lot of hours at State preparing to play.”
That preparation is a process, according to Glennon and that “translated” beautifully from his days in Raleigh to the Tampa Bay practice facility.
Going down memory lane, Glennon reflected on his early commitment to NC State when he was the quarterback in Centreville, Va., helping lead Chantilly Westfield to the state Division 6 AAA championship and a 15-0 record. After his commitment, he wrote a published, on-going diary of that season and what he was looking forward to at NC State.
Glennon’s Favorite Wolfpack Memories
And Glennon’s favorite Wolfpack memory?
“It was the victory over Florida State,” he said without hesitation. “FSU was ranked No. 3 and undefeated, and we scored with like 15 seconds to go.”
“That is one of the best feelings that I’ve ever had,” he recalled.
It was Florida State’s only conference loss of the 2012 campaign.
Another favorite Glennon memory is the Pack’s come-from-behind victory over Maryland in 2011 in the regular-season finale at Carter-Finley. The Wolfpack trailed the Terps by 27 points in the second half (41-14) but roared back to win, 56-41.
“We went to our hurry-up offense,” Glennon remembered. “That was a lot of fun. Everyone on the team did a good job.”
The lanky signal-caller hurled a career-high five aerial strikes and rushed for a touchdown himself in the most famous rally in Wolfpack history. The Glennon-led Pack scored 27 points in the fourth quarter.
Glennon joined Philip Rivers in an exclusive Pack statistical category – accounting for six touchdowns individually in one game.
Wolfpack Career Recap
In recapping Glennon’s college career, the Virginia native started his final 26 games in Raleigh and appeared in 36 contests.
He completed 646 of 1,069 passes (60.4 percent) for 7,411 yards and 63 touchdowns. Glennon finished his career in the top five all-time passing touchdowns (third), pass completions (third), passing yards (fourth) and passing attempts (fourth).
Glennon is tied for the ninth most career touchdown passes in ACC history and his 7,411 yards ranks 25th in the conference record books.
During his senior season, his 564 attempted passes ranked second in league history and his 330 completions ranked third. Glennon’s 4,031 yards during his final season ranked fourth in ACC history and his 31 touchdowns ranked fifth.
He joins Rivers as the only passers in school history to throw over 4,000 yards in a single season.
Glennon is only one of three quarterbacks at NC State to complete 300 plus passes in a single season (Rivers and Wilson).
He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business management and a master’s degree in liberal studies.
By George Cox