Evaluating Mike Glennon

Mike Glennon

CLEMSON - Defensive coordinator Brent Venables has run into several NFL quarterbacks during his coaching career.



Robert Griffin III, Sam Bradford, Josh Freeman, Ryan Tannehill, Tim Tebow, Blaine Gabbert, Colt McCoy, Chase Daniel, Seneca Wallace, Matt Leinart, Chris Simms, Vince Young and Stephen McGee have all taken snaps under center in the league.

All have played against or on teams that Venables has coached.

N.C. State quarterback Mike Glennon might be as good a drop back passer Venables has seen during his coaching career.

"He ranks right up there with them," Venables said. "He's got a great arm, great poise, stands tall in the pocket and really delivers the ball. He puts great spin on it, can make all the throws, throws all of the throws with great accuracy.

"Sometimes, a guy can throw it a country mile and put it on the money. But if you ask him to throw a five-yard check down, it's ricocheting off people's facemasks. He can do it all."

That was on display during N.C. State's 17-16 upset win over Florida State. Glennon completed 30 of 55 passes for 259 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.

"He was probably the biggest reason why they were able to win that game," Venables said. "His poise, his leadership, his ability to execute, not just execute but really make throw after throw after throw. It takes guys to block and takes guys to catch, but he put balls in tight places."

Through 10 games this season, Glennon has completed 239 of 417 passes for 2,910 yards with 22 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.

For his career, he's thrown for over 6,000 yards with 54 touchdowns and has completed over 60 percent of his throws.

Venables labeled Glennon "one of the best couple" of quarterbacks in the ACC. "He's playing that way, not just based on what people think he might be," Venables said. "It's actually warranted."

Glennon leads a passing attack that ranks No. 27 in the country with 291 yards per game.

The second-year starter spreads the wealth to a number -- 14 different Wolfpack receivers have caught passes this season.

Quintin Payton, Bryan Underwood, Tobias Palmer and Tony Creecy all have at least 25 receptions.

"They do a great job at getting the ball to different people, backs, receivers, out of different looks. They're very precise at what they do, very efficient. It's a pro-style system," Venables said.

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