Mike Glennon's first August practice as N.C. State's starting quarterback wasn't much different than one in April.
Glennon, a fourth-year junior, did have a full, red beard, but other than that, it was business as usual on Tuesday as the Wolfpack opened training camp for its first season in four years without Russell Wilson.
"I didn't really try to treat it any different," Glennon said.
He did notice a few more cameras following him as practice started before 4:30 p.m. in the summer heat. And there was a No. 16 on the field, but it Jesse Riley, a walk-on cornerback, not Wilson.
Wilson led the Pack to a 9-4 record last season, his third as the starter, and finished his career at State with 8,545 yards and 76 touchdown passes. He transferred to Wisconsin, leaving Glennon in charge of an offense which returns six starters but has more questions than answers.
Glennon who been the starting quarterback in each of the past two years of spring practice but only has 52 career pass attempts in three college seasons, has already won over his teammates.
"Mike's the man," senior receiver T.J. Graham said.
Glennon, who's easy to find at 6-6 and with a powerful arm, flashed his talent during an 11-on-11 drill. He hit tight end Mario Carter between the linebacker and safety in stride in the kind of throw Jon Gruden would drool over in his made-for-ESPN quarterback tutorials.
Graham, who has a history of dropped passes, picked up Glennon on one low throw in the same drill, making a sliding catch.
The first-team offense, which featured Curtis Underwood at running back and Steven Howard as the second receiver, had its issues, too.
One on play, Glennon broke the huddle with less than 11 players.
"That's one of coach O'Brien's pet peeves," Glennon said.
And accordingly the first-team offense had to do "up-downs" at O'Brien's discretion.
"I thought we looked a little rusty but we had some new guys out there," senior tight end George Bryan said.
Sophomore corner David Amerson left practice early with heat issues, which did not appear to be serious. Other than that, O'Brien was pleased with the start of his fifth season with the Wolfpack.
"It's one down and we've got 28 practices to get better," O'Brien said. "Camp is not a sprint, it's a marathon."
State won't practice in full pads until Saturday and will scrimmage on Monday. O'Brien said they will have only three two-a-day practices during the camp.