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OSU football: David Glidden is ready to contribute — as long as he stays healthy

For Glidden, a 5-foot-7 slot receiver who frequently collides with much larger linebackers and safeties in the middle of the field, the change from high school to college football was jarring.
Oklahoman Published: August 4, 2013

BY GINA MIZELL, Staff Writer, gmizell@opubco.com

STILLWATER — David Glidden got a quick introduction to the physicality of college football.

It was an average run play during a practice his freshman year. His assignment? To block outside linebacker Alex Elkins, a full-throttle defender known for his ferocious instincts that stemmed from a background in rugby.

“He kind of threw me back a few yards,” the Oklahoma State receiver recalled. “I've had a few of those instances, but that was the first one.”

There's always an adjustment when a high-school football player makes the jump to college. But for Glidden, a 5-foot-7 slot receiver who frequently collides with much larger linebackers and safeties in the middle of the field, the change was perhaps even more jarring.

A byproduct? An array of injuries slowed Glidden's development during his first two years in the program. But now Glidden says he feels 100 percent, and reports from the spring indicate he's finally ready to be a steady contributor for a deep Cowboy receiving corps.

“Coming out in the spring, I felt like I had something to prove,” Glidden said, “just because I've been banged up the whole time I've been here, basically. The spring went well. I was excited to be given the opportunity again and (about) the fact that nobody had really given up on me and they saw the potential.”

Perhaps we could call Glidden's journey so far the “Josh Cooper Plan.” The former OSU slot receiver also battled multiple injuries during the early part of his career but then went on to finish ranked in the top 10 in school history in both receptions and receiving yards after thriving in the Cowboys' spread offense.

Not saying Glidden will reach those same heights. But he already shares many similarities with Cooper, from starring at the same high school to sporting a smaller frame to the injury troubles while playing an especially taxing position for somebody that size.

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