“We could very well have been wrong in choosing,” Gundy said.
Naming Chelf the 2013 starter would have its political benefits. Starting Lunt had to discourage Walsh, a fellow freshman. But Chelf would be just a one-year commitment, since he'll be a senior in '13. Lunt could redshirt, Walsh could run his short-yardage package and everyone might find some semblance of contentment.
This we absolutely know. Gundy says Chelf is starting against Purdue because he gives OSU the best chance to win.
“That's a great nod to have from the head coach,” Chelf said. “That's the best feeling you can have, especially as a quarterback, knowing the other guys have your back. Knowing you've gained their respect.”
Chelf absolutely has the respect of his teammates and coaches. And culling clues from Gundy makes you think he might stick with Chelf next season.
“We have two freshmen that are still miles away in learning and experience,” Gundy said. “They've only played like three games. Now we've got a veteran guy who's got four games experience or ever how much he has, kind of understands college football, but he didn't have a clue because he'd never been out there. So we're fortunate with the guys we have.”
Gundy admits he's wondered if Chelf might be tempted to transfer and was impressed with Chelf's answer — “Why would I leave?” — to my question.
“I think he understands he's kind of made a name for himself here,” Gundy said. “I think he likes being here. I think that's why he didn't leave in the first place.”
Chelf liked it at OSU when he was Brandon Weeden's backup and when he was third-teamer behind two freshmen. Why would he leave now that he has ascended to the top?
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