MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

November 12, 2013

OSU receiver shows speed, size not needed

By Nick Snow
CNHI News Service

— STILLWATER — David Glidden is about as unsuspecting as any wide receiver you’ll ever see.

At 5-foot-7 and 185 pounds, the Oklahoma State sophomore doesn’t have the size of a Tracy Moore. Nor does he have the speed of a Josh Stewart.

But there is one thing that Glidden has that separates him from the taller, more athletic receivers: his heart.

“David really hustles,” Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich said. “He practices really hard. I know he’s had some health issues in the past, but it’s nice to see him out there healthy. From just a fan standpoint, he’s fun to watch.

“He’s seems to be one of them worker bees that’s always hustling and doing whatever he needs to do. He’s a scrapper.”

Glidden typically plays backup to Stewart — one of the most explosive weapons in the Oklahoma State arsenal. But when Stewart went down Saturday against Kansas, Glidden — who had all of five catches in his entire career — knew it was his time to shine.

“It was exciting,” Glidden said. “When you’re numbers called, you just want to go out there and make plays for your team. That’s just really all I was trying to do.

“I grew up coming to games and to be able to make plays in front of everyone and hearing the crowd erupt, you could almost say its a dream come true.”

Glidden was certainly living the dream Saturday, catching six pass for 73 yards, including 39-yard pass from Clint Chelf that resulted in him spinning around and awkwardly bounding down near the Oklahoma State goal line.

“Clint threw a great ball,” Glidden said of the play. “I just tried to beat my man and then I didn’t really see that guy until the last second, and supposedly I got flipped. It all happened so fast.”