Meet the 'Jackets: Ty Glendenning

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Lebanon junior Ty Glendenning is expected to be a key member of the ‘Jackets’ defense this year. Glendenning had an impressive summer as Lebanon’s starting safety.

By: 
ALEX BOYER ALEX@LEBANONDAILYRECORD.COM

Lebanon junior Ty Glendenning has had one of the more impressive offseason’s so far on the LHS football team.
Glendenning is expected to be the starting safety for Lebanon when they open the season up against Rolla next Friday at ‘Jacket Stadium.

During the Ozark Conference 7-on-7 tournament in Springfield, Glendenning made some spectacular plays, including two interceptions on the day.

When the ‘Jackets traveled to Maryville for the Northwest Missouri State team camp in June, Glendenning was a standout player on the defensive side of the ball, according to Lebanon head football coach Will Christian.

“He (Glendenning) was off the charts at safety for us,” Christian said in an interview in June. “He is playing extremely well, and I am very pleased with where is at so far.

“If he continues to keep this up, I expect him to make a significant impact for our defense this fall.”

Glendenning is the backup quarterback on the depth chart for the ‘Jackets in 2017 after spending last year as the junior varsity quarterback.

The Daily Record recently caught up with Glendenning to talk to him about the upcoming football season this fall.

LDR – What would you say your strengths are on the football field?

Glendenning – Offensively, I feel that my biggest strengths are reading the defense and my ability to make big plays. Defensively, my biggest strength would be my ball hawk mentality. If there is ever a ball thrown near me, you can bet that I will try and make a play on it.

LDR – What are some things you have been trying to improve on this offseason?

Glendenning – I have been trying to gain weight and muscle to prepare for the upcoming season. I feel like I was mentally ready for varsity football last year, but not physically ready. Now I weigh 15-pounds more than last year, so I know that I’m capable of playing varsity football.

LDR – What do you enjoy doing when you’re not playing football?

Glendenning – When I’m not playing football I really enjoy spending time with my family, working out, and just relaxing.

LDR – What are some expectations you have for the team this year?

Glendenning – As a team, our expectations are to win the Ozark Conference and Districts. We’re also expecting to compete for a state title this year. We know we have a lot of talent on this team, we just have to put it together.

LDR – Who has been the biggest influence on your football career?

Glendenning – The biggest influences on my football career have been my parents. My mom coached me all throughout mighty mites, and my dad always told me stories about playing varsity football. They have both pushed me to become a great football player and a great person. My parents have been my biggest motivators and influences in football.

LDR – What are the biggest differences in this years team compared to last year?

Glendenning – The biggest difference between this years team and last years team is that we have put in a new defensive scheme. This scheme allows us to stop the pass much better. Our defense should improve because of it.

LDR – Which game are you looking forward to most this season and why?

Glendenning – I’m definitely looking forward to playing Camdenton at home this year. It will be a great game with an electric crowd. The rivalry itself is just something to get excited about. I’m counting down the days until that game.

 

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