STILLWATER — Oklahoma State’s David Glidden is now a veteran.
On a young team entering the season, the junior from Mustang has grown since his freshman year that saw the Cowboys play Stanford in the Fiesta Bowl.
Now he’s expected to become a leader for OSU this season, and he's embraced that role entering the season.
Glidden talked with The Oklahoman about his role, the team’s wide receivers and more at Saturday’s Media Day.
Q: With such a young team, what are you doing to show improved leadership?
A: I’ve always been a guy that believes you lead by example more than your word. A lot of guys can go out there and do the hoorah stuff and everything, but your action is what shows up the most. I try to do the little things, running on the field in between the white lines. You’re always running instead of walking. Anytime guys look like they’re lost and looking for something to do, I’m more of a guy to pull somebody aside and if they look down try to pick them up and encourage them.
With all of the experience returning at receiver, how does the unit look so far?
Special. Very talented. We don’t have any seniors that are coming back. The guys are experienced. Jhajuan (Seales) and (Austin) Hays, he missed last year but he knows the offense in and out like a lot of these guys do. All of these guys are smart but at the same time we’re still just learning.
Overall, I’d say it’s about as talented of a group I’ve seen since I’ve been here. My first year we got here, (Justin) Blackmon and those guys were here in the Fiesta Bowl year. It’s going to be a special group.
How are the roles more defined this season at receiver?
We’re stacked all the way through, inside and out. You can list the names forever, but the guys on the inside, most of them are experienced. We’re talented all the way through.
What have you seen from J.W. Walsh and the rest of the quarterbacks?
I think all of them are doing a great job. J.W’s a good friend of mine and we’ve been roommates and stuff like that. They’ve all been out there competing every day and they all look great.
Mike Gundy said there’s a good possibility multiple quarterbacks play. Is there an adjustment to that for you as a receiver?
I don’t think so. We practice with them all every day. We just go out there and run our route and we’ve got to be in the right place and hopefully they can count on us to be in the right place.
Gundy also said Mason Rudolph has shown improvement since the spring. Have you noticed that?
I think he’s making strides every day. I can tell you from the first day I had practice with him, he seemed like any kid would. He was still supposed to be in high school. He’s made a lot of strides, a lot of improvements and he’s gotten a lot better.