Junior safety Justin Glenn has been one player whose stock, to use the old cliche, has risen this spring.
He spent last year as a reserve, battling to come back from the broken fibula and ankle ligament injury suffered against Notre Dame.
And as he said for a story I wrote for today’s paper, he was never really 100 percent right mentally or physically last season. Glenn said he was healthy enough to be out there last year, despite some nagging pain, but just couldn’t get over the mental hurdles.
But as the story notes, he says he’s past that now, and basically back to where he was in 2009.
His role, though, could be a little different as he has emerged as UW’s main nickelback in the early stages of the spring. He started out the spring playing a little corner, with the team low in depth there — he originally signed at UW as a cornerback. But he quickly emerged as a nickelback — of a fifth defensive back in passing situations — a spot that requires use of both skills. It’s also a role that could be a lot bigger than it has been in the past as UW continues to experiment with three-man defensive fronts.
And as Glenn noted, there are also a lot of teams going to the spread no-huddle offense — Oregon, Washington State, Arizona — against which opponents usually counter with a nickel defense.
So to the question that was asked a lot last year of where’s Justin Glenn? The answer this year figures to be, he’s on the field.
IN OTHER NEWS. …
— Real interesting stuff here from the Wall Street Journal on the Pac-12’s TV contract negotiations and that the conference is asking for $2.3 billion over 10 years as well as help in starting its own network. It also makes the point that live programming is more important than ever. It’s yet another sign that from a financial standpoint, may have won big on its gamble a year ago to expand. (HT to a reader for the link).
— UW’s official site talks with Houston coach Kevin Sumlin, in town for the school’s coaches clinic this weekend.
— Here’s the latest installment of Mason Foster’s diary for the National Football Post.
— An Eagles beat writer examines whether the team should draft Jake Locker — the team worked out Locker this week.
— ESPN.com’s Ted Miller wraps up WSU’s spring.
— Here’s more on possible rules changes in NCAA football this year, including that coaches booths could have monitors to watch the live telecast — and better able to determine if a play ought to be reviewed.
— The LA Times says UCLA still has a QB battle on its hands.
— Jesse Scroggins, who UW heavily recruited two years ago, looks to be emerging as the backup QB at USC (and theoretically, next in line when Matt Barkley leaves for the NFL).
— More WSU and Pac-12 notes from Vince Grippi.
— The Orlando Sentinel says Stanford is one of five teams that can win it all in 2011.
— Here’s some interesting background on the origins of ASU’s new uniforms.
All for now.