Glidden ready to elevate for OSU

OSU COTTON (David Glidden)

By Patrick Osborne,

Mustang native and current Oklahoma State University football player David Glidden is set to start his junior campaign on the gridiron.

A former Bronco three-sport athlete and current Cowboy, Glidden has come a long way since his time at Mustang High School.

“OSU has made me a lot stronger mentally over the past couple of years,” Glidden said. “There have been a lot of obstacles I’ve had to overcome and I believe that will help me in the long run of things in my life.”

While at OSU, Glidden has watched the Cowboys soar to a 30-9 record, including memorable wins against Bob Stoops and the University of Oklahoma in Stillwater and Heisman trophy runner-up Andrew Luck and the Stanford Cardinals in the Fiesta Bowl.

“I would love to go back and relive the Fiesta Bowl. That whole trip was a blast and the game was obviously just as fun.”

To this point in his career, he’s played alongside big-name Cowboys such as Justin Blackmon, Brandon Weeden and even fellow Mustang native Josh Cooper.

The former Oklahoma Gatorade Player of the Year coming out of high school has 16 career catches for 191 yards in his first two years, 15 receptions for 173 yards coming last season.

While at Mustang, Glidden was the Broncos go-to receiver as well as a solid defensive back. As a senior he averaged 19.1 yards on 65 receptions and reeled in 17 touchdowns as well as six interceptions. He was a first-team All-State selection as voted by the Oklahoman, Tulsa World and Oklahoma Coaches Association.

Looking back, he singled out the semifinal game his sophomore year against the east-side powerhouse Jenks Trojans as his favorite game as a Mustang Bronco.

Outside of football, he also shined on the basketball court and baseball diamond as well.

As most good athletes do, Glidden said he had his role model that he looked up to growing up.

“My brother was always the person I looked up to. He always included me in the neighborhood sports with the older kids. Then when we got older, I saw his work ethic and I wanted mine to be just like it. He always loved the game of football, and he would have loved to be in my shoes right now. Thinking about that pushes me every day.”

Just as he looked up to his brother, while at Mustang Glidden had plenty of kids and teammates who looked up to him.

“He was such a great player,” 2014 Mustang graduate and former teammate Colton Hadlock said. “Everyone loved him. He was so smart. He really was the man. In Mustang, we pride ourselves on our route running, and David was the best.”

Fellow 2014 graduate Frankie Edwards recalled his first varsity football experience against U.S. Grant as a freshman. He said just before going in, Glidden was there with him to calm him down.

“In high school, nobody could cover him with his route running but he was still so humble. I never heard any cockiness from him,” Edwards said.

With help from a solid spring for Coach Mike Gundy and the Cowboys, Glidden is expected to have his number called more this season. Oklahoma State opens up the 2014-2015 season with a 7 p.m. matchup Aug. 30 in Arlington against Heisman trophy winner Jameis Winston and the rest of the Florida State Seminoles.

Glidden made sure to leave some encouraging words for Mustang kids wanting to follow in his footsteps and one day play college football.

“Do what you love and pursue your dreams. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t.”

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