Nov. 10, 1999
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
By Robert Gagliardi, Wyoming Tribune-Eagle,
Tim Glynn knew one position, and one position only as a highschool football player.
The Richardson, Texas, product was the top-rated quarterback in his districtas a senior at Berkner High School. During that season, Glynn completed 104of 224 passes for 1,379 yards and five touchdowns.
Glynn was part of University of Wyoming head coach Dana Dimel?s firstrecruiting class in 1997.
Three years later, Glynn has switched positions two different times, and nowsees football from a different perspective -- as an outside linebacker.
?It's a whole different thing going after the quarterback instead of runningfrom defenders,? Glynn said. ?I love it. I love running around bashingheads. I think it's turned out pretty good.?
At 6-foot-4 and 230 pounds, Glynn enters the 1999 season as a back-up tojunior Adrian Hill and sophomore Matt Klotz.
Following his redshirt year of 1997, Glynn was moved from quarterback totight end to take advantage of his size. He played in 11 games, but mostlyon special teams.
Under first-year offensive coordinator Manny Matsakis, the Cowboys won?tutilize the tight end position, so the UW coaching staff moved Glynn over todefense during spring drills in March.
Dimel said Glynn has all the physical tools for an outside linebacker.?He's the prototype outside linebacker that you want,? Dimel said. ?He'ssuch a good athlete and he runs so well. He's over 230 pounds, and hecarries it well. We talked about him as an outside linebacker ever since wegot him.
?We feel he has the Bill Romanowski-type body, and he'll be a very goodplayer out there. He?s better than what we thought he would be this early inhis career.?
This seaosn, Glynn has recorded 10 tackles and a pass break-up.Although Glynn said the UW coaching staff?s positive influence on hisposition switch helped a lot, the move was tough. He even consideredtransferring.
?At first it was kind of hard because I?d been a quarterback all my life,?Glynn said. ?The coaches really didn?t want me to transfer. They asked me togive it a shot.
?They gave me a great chance and opportunity to come in and let me show Ihad a chance to play (at linebacker).?Dimel is confident Glynn will be a solid contributor at linebacker beforehis days at UW are over, but he still needs some fine-tuning.
?He still needs to make the adjustment to being a full-time defensiveplayer,? Dimel said. ?He also needs to work on his tackling. Even though he's a naturally good tackler, he needs to work on some of those things thatcome fundamentally.?Not only is Glynn getting a chance to play on defense, he's also the longsnapper on punts and extra points.
?He's got the most potential as a long snapper because he can get the mostvelocity on the ball,? Dimel said. ?He needs to work on his consistency. Ifwe had to choose who we thought would ultimately be our best long snapper,it would be him.?