Wolfpack fans anxiously await the start of college football to see what Dave Doeren will do for the program in 2013.
But former NC State quarterback Mike Glennon has turned his attention to his new team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It’s a team, in fact, he was a little shocked to be a part of at first, with the Bucs having an established starter in Josh Freeman.
“I was a little surprised when Tampa took me because I hadn’t talked to them as much as other teams,” Glennon said in an interview before leaving for the Bucs’ training camp in July. “I have a chance to compete. Whether I’m the starter, that’s up to the coaches. I will look to help out any way possible.”
Glennon is now in his fourth week, preparing for playing time he might get tonight in Tampa Bay’s first preseason game, at home against the Super Bowl champions Baltimore Ravens. Glennon said he anticipates the speed of the game to be unlike anything he’s ever seen.
“Just learning a new offense means a lot more thinking’s involved,” he said. “But I understand football and am able to pick up things pretty quick. It’s really about the execution part. I’m about taking it from the meeting room and onto the field.”
Some might think Glennon’s relationship with Russell Wilson, who started in front of Glennon before he left the program and played his final year of eligibility out at Wisconsin, is a bit frosty. But Glennon says the two were always friendly. And Wilson, who is coming off one of the more memorable rookie campaigns in recent memory as the quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks, offered advice to Glennon right after he was drafted in April.
“I called him about two weeks after I got drafted,” Glennon says. “I asked him about what he did. He was as friendly as ever and offered me some specific advice. He just kind of said it’s going to be a lot to learn and that the playbook will come around. He said to be a good teammate.”