6'6, 232 pounds | Quarterback | North Carolina State
First word: For as much as everyone talks about Virginia Tech's Logan Thomas, perhaps the discussion should be about North Carolina State's Mike Glennon. He is similar in size and, because he's only started one season, possesses a fair amount of potential.
Few quarterbacks closed the 2011 college football season better than Glennon. After a mixed start to his season, Glennon completed 65 percent of his passes in the last three games with more than 800 yards and 11 touchdowns passing. Glennon waited patiently behind Russell Wilson at NC State before starting the Wolfpack's 13 games last season. Finished his junior season with 31 touchdowns, the second-most in NC State history.
Obviously Glennon has good height, which allows him to see over the line and defenses. Has good natural ability, but is by no means an elite talent. Named to the watch lists for the Davey O'Brien and Thorpe awards as a senior. Academic All-ACC member.
Games watched: Florida State, North Carolina, Clemson, Louisville
- Glennon has plus arm strength and he can really spin the ball into some tight windows. Can really zip the ball to all areas of the field.
- Really came along as the 2011 season progressed. Early in the year, Glennon didn't have to make a lot of progressions. But against Louisville in the Belk Bowl, he read more of the field and forced fewer throws.
- Uses a compact delivery and doesn't has a looping windup like some bigger quarterbacks. Release got quicker as the 2011 season progressed.
- Has put in a lot of work in the weight room after starting his college career weighing less than 200 pounds. Glennon should now be much more comfortable taking hits in the pocket and not worry about being injured.
- Ball placement can be suspect. Glennon too often throws to the inside when the ball should be placed on the outside shoulder, especially on throws near the sideline.
- A lot of Glennon's poor throws came when shuffle his feet on the release. Too often threw off his back foot, which led to drops in his accuracy.
- Deep-ball accuracy has always been an issue. Needs to trust his arm strength more.
- Needs to read the defense better pre-snap, but that should come with more starting experience.
- Needs a clean pocket and some time to make deeper throws. Has to learn how to sidestep pressure or move forward in the pocket to avoid the blitz.