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OSU football: Step by step, Sean Gleeson is sharing his detailed approach to coaching

STILLWATER — Footsteps matter to Sean Gleeson.

Among the drills he’s brought to Oklahoma State as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach are some with a focused regard to footwork.

All coaches are different in their approach, and most quarterback coaches — particularly the good ones — have an intense attention to detail.

Gleeson’s former players and colleagues at Princeton attest to that, and OSU head man Mike Gundy has noticed it in the three months Gleeson has been on campus.

Gleeson will be coaching from the press box of Boone Pickens Stadium during Saturday’s spring practice/scrimmage for fans, set to begin at 1 p.m., so it won’t be easy for outsiders to identify the wrinkles the new offensive coordinator will implement in the fall.

But Gleeson knows, down to the tiniest detail, what he’s looking for from Spencer Sanders and Dru Brown, the quarterbacks competing for the starting job.

“He’s a very detailed guy, a young guy who is very cerebral and technology-sound,” Gundy said of Gleeson. “He’s different from other guys we’ve had in that area.”

A product of the coaches who coached him, Gleeson knows exactly where his focus on footwork came from.

“The genesis is, I had terrible feet as a quarterback,” Gleeson said with a laugh. “I’m a bit more clumsy than these guys are. I had a great few coaches, quarterback mentors, who branded some things in my brain as it relates to quarterback development.

“I might have some things that the previous guys didn’t do, but they’re not Earth-shattering. They’re just things that helped me as a player and I’ve watched people succeed with.”

The 34-year-old New Jersey native has risen through the coaching ranks from high school to Division III to the Ivy League, and now Oklahoma State. He has been plugged into an offense that has become a staple among the nation’s best, handed the task of keeping the engine running smoothly, while adding his own imprint.

After spending his first couple of months on the job learning the terminology and schemes, Gleeson has turned his attention to his players during spring ball.

“My brain as a player was always trying to get better and better every day, so that narrative in my head has been going on much longer than the couple months that I’ve been here,” Gleeson said. “I’m still learning. I’ll always be learning.

“My learning mindset in the beginning was about the personalities of the kids. What motivates them? I feel more comfortable now as it relates to knowing the guys and what makes them tick, which was a big part of the transition.”

Gleeson finally has his wife and sons — a 2-year-old and a 3-month-old — in town with him. They sold their old house and bought a new one they hope to be moved into soon.

Now, Gleeson can enjoy those details about his new job that he fell in love with in the first place.

“I’m a former quarterback, a quarterback guy, and offensive guy,” Gleeson said. “There’s no better place to be an offensive coach than here.”

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OSU SPRING SCRIMMAGE

When: 1 p.m., Saturday

Where: Boone Pickens Stadium, Stillwater

Radio: KGHM-AM 1340

INSIDE

What to watch for on Saturday, Page D4

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Scott Wright

A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and... Read more ›

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