Coach Speak: Brad Glenn on Armanti Edwards

QB Armanti Edwards (Streeter Lecka/Getty)

The Carolina Panthers targeted Armanti Edwards long before the NFL Draft. Now, they must help him fulfill his potential in a new league and at a new position. So, just how steep is Edwards' learning curve? To find out, we talk with Appalachian State quarterbacks coach Brad Glenn.

The Panthers traded a '11 second-round pick to get back into the third round of this year's draft and select X-factor Armanti Edwards. The versatile playmaker, who played quarterback at Appalachian State, will contribute in Carolina as a receiver, kick returner and Wildcat specialist.

Edwards finished his four-year career with 10,392 passing yards and 74 TDs. But does he have what it takes to be equally effective at a new position? To find out, we check in with Appalachian State QBs coach Brad Glenn.

LaShana Marshburn: Tell us about your experience coaching Armanti.

Brad Glenn: Just looking at what Armanti has accomplished here, you know he's a phenomenal player. He's a two-time Walter Payton Award winner; he won a Conference Championship every year he was here; and he started for four years and won two National Championships. Obviously, he's the best player I've ever coached. I told every scout that came through here he's the best athlete on the field, the toughest player on the field every Saturday, and the smartest player on the field. He really was a complete package for us.

LM: You mentioned the scouts coming through to look at Armanti. Were any of those scouts from the Panthers?

BG: Yeah, Carolina had several guys here scouting him. I know the GM (Marty Hurney) was here a couple of times and one time the OC (Jeff Davidson) came here and watched him. The receivers coach (Tyke Tolbert) came out a couple of times, as well, so I know the Panthers were very interested in him from the start.

LM: With Armanti moving from quarterback to receiver, it could take him a season or two to gain traction. How do you think he'll cope if that's the case?

BG: He's the ultimate team player; I don't think it will affect him whatsoever. He's a sharp guy. He understands going in he's not going to be thrown into the spotlight immediately. Going from quarterback to receiver, it's going to take him a little while to get adjusted, but he will be a hard worker. I don't think he'll have a problem at all with waiting for his time, and when his time does come, he'll take full advantage of it.

LM: There are also some concerns about Armanti doing the bulk of his work against a lower level of competition. Do you think the program at Appalachian State prepared him well for the NFL?

BG: I think his first game here as a freshman he played a couple of plays of the game against N.C. State. He played at LSU while he was here and at Michigan. Just going through the whole process of coming in and playing so early -- he came in and started at QB from his third game his true freshman year -- there's just a number of things [that helped his preparation]. Also, we've got a great head coach here (Jerry Moore) and he treats the kids well and prepares them well.

LM: Armanti took many hits as a running quarterback, which caused him to miss four-and-a-half games due to injury. Yet he bounced back and played well. What can you tell us about his resilience?

BG: He played like a veteran here from the very beginning. He's so mentally tough; he's so physically tough. He plays with a ton of poise and doesn't let anything get to him. He doesn't crack under pressure and I think that's the kind of thing that separates kids nowadays -- they have to handle pressure because they receive it not only on the field but off the field. They are under constant scrutiny and constant pressure and he doesn't crack under any of it.



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