As with Parts 1 and 2 of this “looking back” feature with Sean Glennon, most of what is written here are his words, from a 90-minute interview. Points of clarification or narrative from us are in italics.
After a rocky start to his redshirt junior season that saw him benched and replaced by true freshman Tyrod Taylor, Sean Glennon finished 2007 strong, starting the last seven games and earning MVP honors in the ACC Championship Game.
Glennon had his degree and an NFL Draft rating of 5th or 6th round, and he had the option to leave for the NFL. He consulted with the Tech coaches, and according to Glennon, they told him that their plan for 2008 was to start Glennon and mix in Tyrod as a change of pace (as they had done for much of the second half of the 2007 season). Based on that information, Glennon decided to return for his senior season.
Tyrod and I competed all spring and summer, and I kind of figured that they were going to go with both of us. I got called into a meeting room the week before the season starts, and they told me they were going to redshirt Tyrod. So obviously I was tickled to bits. I could finish my senior year the way I wanted to, to be the guy.
The 17th-ranked Hokies opened with a shocking 27-22 loss to ECU. Glennon was 14-of-23 for 139 yards, 2 INTs and no touchdowns. He threw an interception at the ECU 9 yard line on his first attempt of the game, and failed to lead the team to a first down on their last possession, after they fell behind for the first time all game on a blocked punt return by the Pirates.