For the Thursday Oklahoman, I wrote about Clint Chelf and the Oklahoma State quarterback competition. How Chelf has replaced an iconic quarterback (Austin Box at Enid High School) long before his current bid to succeed Brandon Weeden. You can read that column here. But Chelf had some more to say that I thought was interesting.
On what he learned from backing up Weeden the last two years: “The way Brandon handled himself on and off the field. The way he handled the media. I learned as much as you possibly could. I know the offense as well as anyone can. Our offense is going to stay the same. I know it was as good as you can possibly be. Just knowing what he knows is going to help me. Anything he says, you can rely on that.”
On what style of quarterback he might be: “I feel like I’m athletic enough to make some plays with my legs. I definitely feel like I can lead the team, too.” Chelf actually was an accomplished runner at Enid, with occasional games over 100 yards rushing. Seems like it might behoove the Cowboys to tinker with the offense regardless of whether Chelf or J.W. Walsh wins the job.
On his arm strength, compared to Weeden’s big cannon: “It’s definitely gotten stronger. Definitely not an issue. (Weeden’s arm) it’s really not anything I looked at. Not very many guys can throw like him. Guys like that don’t come along very often. He can spin it with the best of ‘em.”
On following Weeden in general: “I look at it, he led the team to 12 wins; 23 in two years. That’s the only thing that builds pressure. If you go out and win games, that’s all that matters.”
Does it bother you that they haven’t named you the starter? “Not really. None of us have any starts. Really doesn’t bother me. I’m just looking at winning the job. They could say it’s wide open. They could say it’s not. I’m going to work the same way. I just planned on working hard. Right after the Fiesta Bowl, I knew Brandon was leaving, I felt like it was my opportunity, my job to step up and win it. Everyone who comes to a Division I program like this plans on starting. I knew if I kept working hard, learning the system, I’d have a chance some day. I just want to be given the opportunity to play. I just classify it as a job I want to win, and a job I think I can win.”