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Glennon Named Top Rookie Quarterback

Posted Jan 14, 2014

The Pro Football Writers of America revealed their 2013 NFL All-Rookie Team on Tuesday, and the Buccaneers are represented at a key position, with Mike Glennon getting the honors at quarterback

  • Tampa Bay's Mike Glennon has been named the quarterback on the 2013 PFWA NFL All-Rookie Team
  • Glennon set a handful of team records and led all NFL rookies in TD passes and passer rating
  • The Bucs have had four All-Rookie choices the last two years, with Mark Barron, Lavonte David and Doug Martin all getting the nod in 2012
Mike Glennon got a chance to play in 2013, and he made it count.

A third-round draft pick out of North Carolina State last April, Glennon started the season as the backup to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' incumbent quarterback, Josh Freeman.  However, Glennon took over the starting job in Week Four and never relinquished it, playing in 13 games, throwing 19 touchdown passes against nine interceptions and compiling a respectable 83.9 passer rating.

That made him the most prolific rookie passer in Buccaneers history.  It also made him the top newcomer at his position in the entire NFL in 2013, according to the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA).  On Tuesday, the PFWA revealed its annual All-Rookie Team, with Glennon as the choice at quarterback and one of 27 players named to the squad.

“It’s something that I’m proud of,” said Glennon. “A lot of work went into this year, but I also received a lot of help from my teammates to put me in situations to succeed. Hopefully, this is something to build on going forward, as I’m already starting to prepare for next year.”

The 73rd player selected overall in the 2013 NFL Draft, Glennon was the third quarterback taken, following Buffalo's choice of E.J. Manuel in the first round and the New York Jets' selection of Geno Smith in the second round.  Glennon was one of five rookie passers to start at least one game in 2013 – along with Manuel, Smith, Oakland's Matt McGloin and Buffalo's Jeff Tuel – and he produced the top numbers in most passing categories among that group, including completions (247, tied with Smith), touchdown passes (19), touchdown percentage (4.6), interception percentage (2.2) and passer rating (83.9).

-- Buccaneers QB M. Glennon threw for 2,608 yards and 19 touchdowns in his rookie campaign
Glennon's selection marks the first time since 2007 that the PFWA's All-Rookie quarterback was not a player taken in the first round.  The last five passers to collect that honor were all players chosen among the first five picks of the draft: Robert Griffin III (2nd in 2012), Cam Newton (1st in 2011), Sam Bradford (1st in 2010), Mark Sanchez (5th in 2009) and Matt Ryan (3rd in 2008).

Glennon shattered the Buccaneer rookie records for passing yards (2,608) and touchdown passes.  He threw for at least two touchdowns in eight of his 13 starts, another franchise rookie standard.  Glennon follows three Buccaneers who were named to the PFWA All-Rookie Team the previous year: safety Mark Barron, linebacker Lavonte David and running back Doug Martin.

If Glennon actually had the opportunity to lead the All-Rookie Team offense on the playing field, he'd be at the helm of a pretty potent attack.  Joining Glennon in the backfield are Green Bay running back Eddie Lacy (also the PFWA Rookie of the Year choice) and Cincinnati running back Giovanni Bernard.  The Buccaneer passer would also have the opportunity to throw to the PFWA's Offensive Rookie of the Year, San Diego wide receiver Keenan Allen, as well as Houston Texans wideout DeAndre Hopkins.

Highlighting the defense on the PFWA All-Rookie squad for 2013 are Buffalo Bills linebacker Kiko Alonso, the Defensive Rookie of the Year, and the dominant defensive tackle duo of Carolina's Star Lotulelei and the New York Jets' Sheldon Richardson.