At 6-foot-6 and 225 pounds, junior quarterback Mike Glennon will be handed the offensive reigns for the Wolfpack and will be making his very first college football start when their season opens on September 3rd at home against Liberty.
You might remember O'Brien as the head coach at Boston College from 1997 to 2006 and coached another big time college quarterback. I'm referring to, of course, Atlanta Falcons' quarterback Matt Ryan. So, with O'Brien saying Glennon has as much or more talent than Ryan and others at BC, that's a heck of a compliment.
Glennon was in the same recruiting class as Stanford star quarterback, Andrew Luck, and according to Steve Megargee of Rivals.com was ranked as the number three ranked pro-style quarterback and 59th overall prospect coming out of high school back in 2008.
During the Under Armour All-Star game in 2008, Glennon shined. He looked sharp in his passes and was accurate in just about every pass he threw to his receivers. He's able to check off his first and second options and find the open receiver.
ESPN analysts couldn't stop praising Glennon for his ability on the field and the kind of passes he was throwing. They commented on the zip on his passes, the tight spiral he was throwing, and calling him a "live arm."
He's not a guy who is going to give you a lot of speed out of the backfield and he's not a threat to beat anyone on the defensive side of the ball. But that does not mean Glennon can't get to the outside to deliver a good pass on the run.
A guy who many have compared Glennon to is former North Carolina State and current San Diego Chargers' quarterback, Philip Rivers.