Kyle Glover (center) tries to break through the defensive coverage against Clark Atlanta on Sept. 22. After coming to Kennesaw State as a running back, Glover was switched to linebacker last year, only to move back to the offensive side ahead of the 2018 season. It is a move that has paid off well for both Glover and the Owls.

KENNESAW — After nearly leaving the Kennesaw State football team just before the season, Kyle Glover has become a big contributor by bringing important depth to the running back position.

Glover, an all-region linebacker and running back at Dodge County High School in central Georgia, originally came to the Owls as a running back. As a senior, he helped his high school team to a perfect regular season and an 11-1 overall record by running for 1,117 yards and 14 touchdowns, while adding 123 tackles.

Following Glover’s redshirt season at Kennesaw State, coach Brian Bohannon said the coaching staff moved Glover to linebacker for depth reasons. After the move, Glover saw limited action in 2017 and recorded only two tackles.

The amount of playing time for Glover coming into 2018 was unknown and, at the beginning of camp, Bohannon made an offer to him that was not immediately welcomed.

“Back in camp, we lost Brandon Simmons for the year, and then Sam Outlaw got injured, and we’re there staring it down where we don’t have anybody at 2-back,” Bohannon said. “I pulled him into my office during camp and I said listen, ‘It’s ultimately up to you, but you have a chance to come back over to the offense and play.’ I think it was tough for Kyle, because he already went back-and-forth. He’s a kid that gets comfortable in a room, and he was ready to hang it up.”

Bohannon said Glover did not attend practice the following day, instead spending time soul-searching and talking to the people who knew him the best. The next day, Glover returned and it has worked out well for everyone involved.

Last week against Campbell, the 5-foot-11, 204-pound Glover had 10 carries for a career-high 70 yards, with a long of 30 yards. He also had six carries for 49 yards against Presbyterian and 11 carries, 53 yards and his first career touchdown against Clark Atlanta.

As Kennesaw State heads into this week’s Big South Conference championship game against Monmouth, Glover has 42 carries for 218 yards and is the fifth-leading rusher on a team that is second in the Football Championship Subdivision with 372.2 rushing yards per game.

Bohannon was amazed by the amount of progress Glover has made in a short time since moving back to offense, and his workload is increasing because of it.

“He’s been a huge asset to our program, and he’s getting better every week,” Bohannon said. “He’s attacking practice. There’s a lot of little things without the ball that he’s got to get better at, but he’s getting better every week. He’s really playing well right now.

“I’m proud of Kyle. I’m proud of the progress he’s made, and that the hard work is paying off.”