Pack’s Glennon headed to Manning football camp

jgiglio@newsobserver.comJune 7, 2012 

Mike Glennon will spend a weekend with the NFL’s first family. N.C. State’s senior quarterback will attend the Manning Passing Academy in Louisiana, run by Archie Manning and his Super Bowl-winning sons, Peyton and Eli.

Glennon’s trying to build on his first year as the Wolfpack’s starter, when he threw for more than 3,000 yards and 31 touchdowns, and take his game to the NFL in 2013.

"I’ve been dreaming about the NFL since I’ve been a kid," Glennon said. "If I play well this year, and worry about the team playing well, it will all take care of itself."

Glennon will be in good company at the Manning camp, which is July 12 through 15 at Nicholls State in Thibodaux, La. Matt Barkely of Southern California, Tyler Wilson of Arkansas, Logan Thomas of Virginia Tech and Tyler Bray of Tennessee were also invited. Glennon and Bray will square off in the first game of the season in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff in Atlanta. ranks Barkley and Wilson as the top two prospects in the draft class and grade Thomas and Bray as first-round prospects with Glennon as a third-to-fourth round projection. ESPN has Glennon as one of the five best quarterbacks in the senior class.

Glennon hasn’t had time to spend on Google trying to find his name or predict his future. He’s trying to build on the strong finish from his junior season. He had 11 touchdowns and two interceptions in the last three games of the 2011 season, all wins for the Wolfpack, which finished 8-5.

In the three games before Glennon’s finish, he had just one touchdown and four interceptions, and State lost two of those three games.

"I need to be more consistent," Glennon said. "I’d start off strong and then finish slow or I’d start slow and finish strong. I need to put four, good solid quarters together."

Glennon said his last game, a 31-24 win over Louisville in the Belk Bowl, was his best. He completed 21 of 33 passes for 264 yards with three touchdowns and one interception.

"The Louisville game was something to build on," Glennon said.

For the season, he finished 283 of 453 (63.6 percent) for 3,054 yards with 31 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.

Philip Rivers and Russell Wilson are the only other N.C. State quarterbacks to throw for 3,000 yards and 30 touchdowns in the same season. Rivers, a first-round pick in 2004, and Wilson, a third-round pick in April, are both in the NFL.

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