NC State quarterback Mike Glennon had 31 touchdowns this year.
Former NC State quarterback Russell Wilson had 31 touchdowns in 2009.
This just in: The comparisons can stop.
Ok, so maybe NC State fans haven't completely forgotten Wilson, nor should they -- he's an outstanding player and person. But with the way Glennon performed this season, it's fair to say Glennon should have officially shaken the shadow of his predecessor and the comparisons between them should have come to a halt long ago. Tuesday night's 31-24 win over Louisville in the Belk Bowl further punctuated Glennon's command of the offense and reaffirmed the Wolfpack's ability to win meaningful games with him leading the team.
In his first season as a starter, Glennon has already established himself among the top quarterbacks in school history. With three touchdowns against Louisville, Glennon's 31 touchdowns this year tied Wilson for the second-best mark in school history. Only Philip Rivers, who was named to the Pro Bowl this week, had more in a single season for the Wolfpack with 34 in 2003.
Glennon also had 3,054 total yards for the season, tied as the fifth-best mark in school history. His three touchdown passes against Louisville were the second-highest ever for a Pack quarterback in a bowl game. Rivers threw for five scores against Kansas in the 2003 Tangerine Bowl (NC State 56, Kansas 26).
Glennon deserves a lot of credit for maturing as a quarterback on the field this year, but also for handling the questions from the media about Wilson this preseason, and for helping guide the offense through one of the most dissected decisions of the offseason. Glennon is a good quarterback, and he's only going to get better. Refreshingly in 2012, the only one he'll be compared with is himself, and how much he's improved from 2011.
Much like Wilson, he's already set the bar high.