Scott Zolak isn't the only former Maryland player trying to break into the NFL with the New England Patriots this summer. O'Neil Glenn, one of Zolak's bodyguards at College Park a year ago, is positioning himself for playing time in the offensive line.
A ninth-round draft pick, Glenn has moved up to second string because of an injury to third-round choice Calvin Stephens. He expects to see a lot of action in Saturday's preseason game against Washington.
"The coach [offensive line coach Rod Humeniuk] told me he was going to work me hard this week," said Glenn, 6 feet 2 and 283 pounds. "They're giving me a strong look. I think the coaches are surprised I'm playing well. They told me I was doing a good job."
Glenn suffered a sprained ankle two weeks ago when another player rolled onto his foot, but he returned to practice this week.
"What I've learned in this camp," he said, "is that this is no place for boys. It's tough, especially in the trenches. You've got to be focused all the time. Physically, it's the hardest thing I've ever been through. Mentally it takes its toll."
Like Zolak, Glenn was a one-year starter at Maryland. He transferred from Nassau Community College on Long Island in 1988, but sat out the season as a medical redshirt because of a broken leg. In 1989, he sprained a knee and missed most of the season. Last year he started at tackle.
"I only played one year and I still got drafted in the ninth round, so I can't complain," Glenn said.