Brock Glenn, a stellar fit for Mike Norvell’s passing attack

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state of florida commitment Brock Glenn offers important tools as a quarterback that could unlock Mike Norvell’s passing game on the road.

The run-pass-option attack that has served Norvell so well in Memphis (detailed here on X’s and Noles) finally began to materialize in 2022 after two lackluster seasons, and FSU’s offensive breakout campaign led to the Seminoles positioning themselves for the four-star quarterback. Glenn’s skill set is well suited to handle the offense the same way Norvell did in his previous save, which makes sense given the Memphis native applies a lot of the same concepts to his high school. .

Here are some thoughts on Glenn and how he fits into the FSU scheme…

Winning vertically isn’t just about getting the ball across the field. I grew up in an era of video games where quarterbacks had throwing power and throwing accuracy to categorize their passing attributes – today’s youth are blessed with accuracy/power for different areas pitch – but it’s important to remember that tossing the ball with a zipper and throwing a deep ball are not the same skill. There needs to be a level of precision and touch to get the ball over a defender while allowing the receiver to run under it so they don’t break stride. Knowing the right amount of touch to put on a deep shot while maintaining accuracy is important, and Glenn throws a great through ball in that regard:

Another aspect worth highlighting for Glenn is his tenacity and competitive streak. These are traits FSU want to prioritize among their QBs going forward, and Glenn’s willingness to take a few hits or hang in the pocket is admirable.

He knows he’s going to shoot here, but keeps his eyes on the field and delivers the ball to the open receiver:

It’s an attribute that plays into another force that defines Glenn’s game: pocket presence. Glenn is one of the most advanced quarterbacks I’ve seen prepared for that. He feels the pressure at a high level and moves fluidly in the pocket while keeping his eyes down to extend plays with his legs or arm.

The light feet and willingness to extend a game without leaving the pocket are super intriguing elements that show up again and again in his junior video.


And finally, there’s the quick trigger.

I like how quickly Glenn releases the ball. This is an important part of FSU’s RPO program. Being able to transition from a possible transfer to a throw – whether it’s a play action concept or an actual pass-run option – in a timely and accurate manner is huge. Here, Glenn is able to change his arm lunge with the pressure coming and still manages a concise and clean pass:

The downside to Glenn, for me, is the lack of zipper on the throws where he has to dig deep to get the ball out quickly. There is a speed limit which could put a ceiling on its rise. Plus, there will be those who pick his Elite 11 performance… but remember, he also did very well at the regional event a month earlier. Small sample sizes are just that, small. They’re not ideal assessment tools, although you’d obviously feel better if he didn’t look bad on his resume.

Glenn has a lot of qualities that make him a good candidate to handle what Norvell likes to do: a quick attack focused on RPO/decision making, mixed with deep shots. The toughness and pocket move is the icing on the cake that has FSU excited for what Glenn can become over time.

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