From walk-on to NFL, UM’s Ryan Glasgow beats the odds

Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News
Ryan Glasgow

Indianapolis – People who follow Michigan football have followed the journey of the Glasgow brothers.

They walked on at Michigan and Graham Glasgow, a starting center in 2015, is now with the Detroit Lions. Ryan Glasgow, who started at nose tackle, is here at the NFL Combine working out for teams and going through interviews.

Having been a walk-on and reaching this level is considered a badge of honor.

“It’s kind of viewed as an adverse situation to be handed,” Glasgow said Saturday. “A bad hand, I guess you could say. All it’s done is make me work harder, made me more grateful for this opportunity.”

Glasgow ran 5.13 seconds in the 40 on Sunday, slower than his goal of a sub-5.05, and benched 20 reps on Saturday.

He is 302 pounds, about seven heavier than he played last season, but lost 2.5 percent body fat during draft training.

The combine has been a unique experience, one he said is difficult to understand unless you go through it. Playing for Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, he said, helped prepare all 14 of the Michigan players at the combine.

“He was an NFL coach, his brother’s an NFL coach, so yeah, his preparation is somewhat like the NFL,” Glasgow said. “I think we’re well-prepared for something like this. Harbaugh’s camps are strenuous, it’s kind of like a short snippet of a four-day camp, up early, done late.”

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Glasgow said he had not fielded any of the notoriously odd-ball combine questions that players have talked about over the years. Mostly, he said, he has talked football.

“Yeah, I had some football stuff, like one of them was, ‘Name as many plays as you can from your old defense in one minute,’” he said. “He cut me off after 30 seconds because I was rattling them off pretty good. I definitely practiced because I knew they were going to ask something like that – just how well you recall a defense. Stuff like that. Draw plays; how you would play a block.”

Teams have told Glasgow they like the effort with which he plays, and his nose for run-stopping.

“I think there’s a place for me,” Glasgow said of the NFL. “I think there’s a place for the type of player I am and what I can do for a team and an organization. I think for sure I’ll find a spot and I’ll make it my home.”