From Walk-On to Worldwide: Glasgow at the Senior Bowl

Former Michigan center, Graham Glasgow, is worth a lot more than just a successful story about a player who led his Maize and Blue teammates ferociously. After a dominating week at the East-West Shrine game, Glasgow’s draft stock has risen, and he has earned a rare invitation to participate in the Senior Bowl to go up against the top seniors in college football.

Receiving rave reviews from scouts and coaches alike, Glasgow cashed in on his invite by traveling to Mobile, Alabama this past Saturday in order to face off against a worthy bunch of the country’s other top-ranked seniors.

Here’s a breakdown of how he performed in the Senior Bowl:

  • While Glasgow started on the sidelines for the South squad, he proved to be anything but a disappointment when it came time to take the field. Lining up against familiar foes from colleges such as Michigan State, Ohio State and Notre Dame, Glasgow allowed nearly zero penetration all game.
  • Playing over two quarters at center, he snapped for Alabama quarterback, Jake Coker, Arkansas signal caller, Brandon Allen, and game MVP, Dak Prescott.  
  • Despite the array of different quarterbacks, Glasgow seamlessly led them through the game without a penalty or botched snap, a solid day’s work with only a week’s worth of practice under everyone’s belt.
  • The former walk-on stood out more than once, but the most impressive moment was arguably an outstanding block on a screen play, resulting in a 20 yard gain and a first down for the running back out the backfield.

The stats continued to demonstrate his capabilities, reflecting that he was also solid in pass blocking and easily got to the second level on run plays, something every staff is looking for in their center.

Glasgow also showed some versatility by spending some time at guard later in the second half. Although he was above average in protection, he was a bit slow when pulling on run plays, proving that he is a clear center through and through.

Demonstrating that even the best games have room for error, Glasgow appeared to be in charge of pulling and clearing the way for a running back inside the five yard line, but slow out the gate, he was late getting to his block and netted the South team a loss of yards.

Regardless of any fodder throughout the Senior Bowl, it’s safe to say that Glasgow will end up on a professional football field. Whether it be through the draft or free agency, Graham’s name will appear on a NFL roster no matter what it takes as he has too much knowledge and strength to be left out.

Glasgow will have one more chance to showcase his skills for the NFL scouts at Michigan’s pro day, held in Ann Arbor sometime in the next few months before the draft. If he continues to show out, he has a great shot at being drafted pretty high in the 2016 NFL Draft. 

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Emmitt Jenkins