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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

Glidden first had shoulder surgery as a freshman. Then he missed the end of spring football in 2012, along with all of fall camp and the first two games of the season because of nagging ankle and hamstring injuries. He did play in six games in 2012, spending time as the punt returner while recording his only catch on an 18-yard score against Baylor.

But clearly, Glidden needed to put on muscle, yet not so much that he would lose his quickness. He currently weighs 185 pounds, up 10-12 pounds from when he arrived in Stillwater. At one point during this past winter, he had gained 18 total pounds before slimming back down during the spring and summer months.

Now, he's standing out to teammates, even in a crowded receiving corps that includes veterans such as Tracy Moore and Josh Stewart and promising youngsters like Austin Hays, Jhajuan Seales and Brandon Sheperd. Linebacker Shaun Lewis called Glidden one of the toughest players to cover in practice, putting him in the same sentence as Stewart. And Moore singled Glidden out as a young receiver to watch this season.

“He moves so quick and so fast that I wouldn't want to go out (and try to cover him),” Moore said.

Where does Glidden see himself fitting in on the 2013 offense? He isn't big on setting personal goals.

“I want to contribute to this team the best that I can,” Glidden said. “And hopefully do whatever I can to help us get to a Big 12 championship.”

What about staying healthy?

“There you go,” Glidden said with a smile. “That would be a personal goal.”