At 6-foot-6 and one of the most productive passers in school history, NC State quarterback Mike Glennon shouldn’t have a problem getting a shot in the NFL.
As far as backup plans go, though, Glennon is set.
It only took three years for Glennon to graduate with a degree in finance, and on Saturday, he will graduate with his master’s degree in liberal studies. He never dropped a class, averaged 15-17 credits each semester, always enrolled in summer school and took advantage of online courses. While his goal is to play in the NFL, he is also interested in the business side of sports as a potential career path. With two degrees to fall back on, Glennon will have his final audition for the NFL in an NC State uniform when the Wolfpack faces Vanderbilt in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl.
“I just figured I’d make the most of my opportunity while I was getting a free education,” he said. “I know one day football will end for me. I hope it’s not in the near future, but eventually one day I’ll have to fall back on these degrees and apply them some way.”
Glennon’s accomplishments off the field have been remarkable considering the balancing act he did while leading NC State’s offense. Glennon is the only quarterback in the ACC and one of just three in the BCS to have accounted for all of his team’s passing yards this season. He has been clutch in the red zone, completing 57.7 percent of his passes for 202 yards, 13 touchdowns and just one interception.
Glennon enters the Music City Bowl averaging 304.0 passing yards a game, the second-best mark in school history. With 30 touchdown passes in 2012, he is now the first quarterback in NC State history to pass for 30 or more touchdowns in two different seasons, as he threw for 31 a year ago. In fact, Glennon and Clemson’s Tajh Boyd are the only players in ACC history ever to accomplish that feat, and they have done it at the same time (Boyd had 33 TD throws in 2011 and 34 this season).
He could be rewarded as a second-round pick in this year’s NFL draft. Todd McShay lists Glennon as one of the top five quarterbacks to be taken after the first round. Mel Kiper Jr. also thinks highly of Glennon, as he has Glennon listed No. 3 at his position among senior prospects.
“I realize this last game is real important for everything involved,” Glennon said of the bowl. “I have accepted to go to the Senior Bowl, so I will start training for that as soon as the bowl game is over and hopefully put myself in a good situation as the draft gets closer.”
With two degrees, he’s already put himself in a good position regardless of what happens in the draft.