As part of our 2012 season preview, we’re counting down the top 25 players in the ACC for this season, from 25 to one. Obviously these lists are always completely subjective, so feel free to weigh in with your own thoughts in the comments.
If you go game-by-game through the 2011 season, you’ll find two different Mike Glennons. The first, through the first eight contests, showed a frustrating mix of poise and inconsistency; putting up equal parts gaudy stats and poor decision-making (sacks, interceptions). There’s also the Glennon we witnessed over the season’s final five games. Backs to the wall, the Woflpack needed three wins in the final four regular season contests in order to go bowling, and Glennon made it happen against considerable odds. Throwing more, and making better decisions when running with the football, his accuracy and efficiency sky-rocketed en route to an 8-5 record. The weighty expectations for an encore are a bonus for the senior.
It’s hard to watch an untested team and quarterback sock a previously 9-1 Clemson team right in the mouth, and not be impressed. As if they needed an encore, it’s damn-near impossible to see a 41-14 deficit be erased in a little over one quarter of football and not be in awe. Yet, both of these things happened late last season, with Glennon at the helm. Now, he’s getting Heisman hype and first-round chatter surrounding him, with little sign of letting up. It also helps that he’s seemingly risen to the occasion and embraces the lofty expectations. As he said during ACC media days this July: