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Junior Evan Glancy making move to backfield

August 10, 2012
Underthelights

By TIM CLEVELAND

Tribune Chronicle

After not playing very much in 2011 as a wide receiver, Mathews junior Evan Glancy has made the transition to running back and is expected to be a major contributor for the Mustangs this season.

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First-year Mathews coach Mike Palumbo said he's relying on Glancy to be a leader for the team as well.

"Evan is a vocal leader and leads on the field," Palumbo said. "It's nice to have a kid that can talk. He was there every day in the offseason making sure the kids were in the weight room.

"He didn't play too much (last season) but he's 6-1, probably 180 and a fast hard runner; we're expecting big things from him."

Glancy said he was disappointed with the 2011 season, both for the way he was used and the overall results Mathews had.

"Last season was hard," he said. "I played every position on defense and didn't get a chance to prove myself. We stuck to mainly running plays and I didn't get a chance to play much. We didn't work very well as a team last year."

The Mustangs had an underachieving 2011, finishing 2-8 and only beating Windham and Lutheran East, which combined didn't win a single game last season.

Glancy did get some starts in 2010 as a freshman and started as a defensive back last year, where he's again expected to contribute.

Glancy said he has high expectations for 2012 both for himself and Mathews as a team.

"We're just starting to come together as a team and I'm trying to bring them closer," he said. "We're trying to get better mentally and in better shape physically. I think we're going to be strong speed-wise. I think we're going to be in better shape than other teams.

"I'm just trying to bring us all together. Just have a good line blocking for me and have the team back me up to score some TDs and win some games this year. As a team work together good and execute the plays right and have fun as a team."

Palumbo said he feels Glancy can be a top back in the Northeastern Athletic Conference this season.

"He just needs to improve day to day and game to game," Palumbo said. "He's just got to get a little bit better. We hope he can be one of best backs in the league. He had a good offseason program."

Glancy said he feels the improved conditioning he has achieved and his blocking will be vital to victories in 2012.

"We just need to stay fit and get a good fourth quarter push," he said. "We're going to depend on our line this year. They're our big key. We need to make sure they're all in shape. I'm just trying to be a team leader and a team player."

tcleveland@tribtoday.com