STILLWATER — When Oklahoma State's quarterback depth chart was revealed at the end of last spring — with Clint Chelf listed as third string — he had a sit-down conversation with his father, Randy.
“He said there's a lot more to life than football, and one of those things is education,” Chelf said. “He just kind of said, ‘Keep furthering yourself and making yourself better through academics and through education,' so that's what I focused on.”
That effort has paid off for Chelf, as he graduated in December with a degree in business and is currently working on his MBA. And Monday night, he was named OSU's Male Student-Athlete of the Year.
“Obviously, whenever you can be recognized for something off the field, I think that really shows a lot about you,” Chelf said. “Especially academic work. I'm really proud to receive the award.”
Just count it as another high mark in what has been a wild calendar year for Chelf, who stepped into emergency duty on the football field when injuries spun the Cowboy quarterback carousel in early November and then finished the season as the starter.
To qualify for the award, a student-athlete must maintain a 3.0 grade-point average and have completed more than 100 credit hours. Athletic achievement and community involvement are also taken into consideration.
Track and field/cross country standout Natalja Piliusina, who is a three-time first-team All-American and holds multiple school records, was the recipient on the women's side.