FAU Alum Glanton Steals Show For Panthers

By JakeElman
Aug. 15, 2015

Making the most of the preseason, former Florida Atlantic linebacker Adarius Glanton had a big game for the Panthers on Friday night

Glanton, tackling rookie running back Karlos Williams, played two years for the Florida Atlantic Owls after a stint with Eastern Arizona and is entering his second season with the Carolina Panthers (Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports)
Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Written by Jake Elman


For fans of the Carolina Panthers, Friday's comeback victory over Rex Ryan's Buffalo Bills was a sweet start to what hopefully will be Ron Rivera's third straight year in the playoffs. For fans of the Florida Atlantic Owls, though, the victory had a bit more sweetness to it. 

With veteran linebackers Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis each playing just six snaps, the door opened for Adarius Glanton, a former Florida Atlantic defender, to come through and make a name for himself. Undrafted following the 2014 NFL Draft, Glanton signed with the Panthers last May, was called up from the practice squad in October, and entered this summer trying to fight for a bigger role. 

Though Glanton didn't play too much other than special teams in 2014, the 5'11 linebacker displayed a quick learning of the scheme and system, earning praise from many in the process. But, , Glanton will likely be fighting with A.J. Klein for the last linebacker spot on the team following the offseason signing of veteran Jason Trusnik and the drafting of former Washington linebacker Shaq Thompson. 

And, while Klein may have had a strong 2014 campaign with eight tackles on special teams, it seems that Glanton may have won round one of the linebacker battle. In what was a sloppy performance by the rest of the defense, Glanton racked up ten tackles on Friday night, helping to pave the way for a 1-0 preseason start for his Carolina Panthers. Klein had seven tackles in a fine performance of his own, but ten triumphs seven. 

“We had too many penalties. We had 10 penalties, which was unacceptable. I get it when you have guys you’re trying to shuttle in and out for special teams. But some of the other things that went on were not acceptable,” Panthers head coach Ron Rivera . 

What was acceptable, though, was the play of Glanton, as this is what the preseason is all about -- a little-known player making a name for himself, stealing the show, and eventually earning a job on the regular season roster. When you play like this in the first preseason game, it puts the pressure on you, but it also puts you in the spotlight and gives you a chance. For a player like Ganton, every day and game is survival, because one mistake means you're gone. 

Not every player is going to be lucky and get signed immediately, so to have a big game like this and earn another chance...that's why Ganton and these guys are playing. Plus, Glanton helped piss off Bills coach Rex Ryan, who said after the game, “I hate losing. That killed a pretty damned good day.”

For you, Rexy? Sure, but for Adarius Glanton and the FAU fans? I'd say yesterday remained a damned good day...

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