MOBILE, Ala. -- Mike Glennon waited for his chance to start for North Carolina State behind current Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. Once he got that chance in 2011, Glennon threw for more than 7,000 yards and 62 touchdowns.
Glennon, one of three quarterbacks on the North team at the 2013 Senior Bowl in Mobile, is out to prove that he “can be a franchise quarterback” in the NFL.
“I’m a guy that they can win games with and is someone they see as someone who can help their organization get to the next level,” Glennon said.
In 2011, his first year as a starting quarterback for the Wolfpack, Glennon completed 283 of 453 attempts for 3,054 yards and 31 touchdowns against 12 interceptions. During his senior year, Glennon completed 330 attempts for 4,031 yards and 31 touchdowns against 17 interceptions.
Glennon threw for at least 300 yards in five games last fall, including a season-best 467 yards and five touchdowns in an eight-point loss at North Carolina.
“On the field, I think the biggest thing I bring is my arm,” Glennon said. “I feel I can throw the ball really well. Off the field, I’m an extremely driven person. I want to be the best and I’m willing to work at it. I love to learn about the game of football. It’s really interesting to me, and it’s something that I take a lot of pride in.”
Unlike many of the quarterbacks who have participated in the Senior Bowl in recent years, Glennon said playing under center will not be a problem.
“I did a lot of under center in college, and even in high school,” the six-foot-six Glennon said. “It’s not really much of a transition for me. I think it’s definitely an advantage for me because I’ve played in that kind of offense pretty much my whole life. That’s never been a concern of mine or something I had to worry about.”
Dennis Allen, head coach of the North team and Oakland Raiders, said his coaching staff has worked to see what Glennon can do outside of the pocket.
“Mike Glennon’s one of those guys that really is your prototypical drop-back passer, standing in the pocket,” Allen said. “He made a really nice throw down the seam today in a four-vertical situation. That was good to see, and yet, we want to try to see him get outside the pocket, see what mobility he has and what he can do outside the pocket.
“You try to see what’s not viewed as strength of theirs. You want to put them in those situations and see how they respond. We want to play to their strengths and see what they do on things that are out of their comfort level.”
While some of the other quarterbacks focus on taking snaps under center, Glennon has turned his attention to adjusting to the speed of the game.
“The speed of the game is definitely a little faster than a typical game in the ACC,” Glennon said. “At the same time, I think playing against teams like Florida State has prepared me for a time like this.
“It’s been great going against the top guys in the country, guys that you see on TV every week. The guys are All-Americans, and I finally get to go against them and see how I stack up against the rest of the country.”