Oklahoma State football: Clint Chelf might get the starting nod at QB against TCU

OSU coaches are confident that Chelf can help the offense move the football. The former Enid High standout was not far behind Wes Lunt and J.W. Walsh in preseason quarterback derby.
by Gina Mizell Published: October 24, 2012

STILLWATER — Clint Chelf cannot pinpoint the football moment that was the most difficult for him during the past six months.

“It was all challenging,” Chelf said. “Ever since being the third guy.”

After two seasons as Brandon Weeden's backup at quarterback at Oklahoma State — and thinking his shot to start would likely come in 2012 — Chelf was passed over by two freshmen following a three-man quarterback derby during spring practice.

True freshman Wes Lunt was named the starter. Redshirt freshman J.W. Walsh was the backup, with chatter swirling that coaches would use Walsh in a special package of plays to make sure his athleticism got on the field.

None of it involved Chelf.

“You've been here so long, worked so long for your chance,” Chelf said. “When they named it that way, it was obviously tough.

“But at the same time, you've just got to keep getting better and hope your opportunity will come.”

An opportunity that is now much closer than it ever appeared it would be back in late April.

With Walsh out for the season with a serious knee injury sustained last week against Iowa State, and Lunt still working his way back from his own knee/ankle injury that has sidelined him since Sept. 15, Chelf is now involved in the coaches' quarterback decision. Lunt and Chelf have been splitting practice reps this week, and if Lunt is not ready to start Saturday against TCU, Chelf will get the nod for the first time in his collegiate career.

“That's how I'm approaching practice this week,” Chelf said. “Just go out and try to show them that I'm capable of leading of the team and I can play. If they need me to start, then I'll be ready.

“Obviously, I'm friends with J.W. and Wes and I would never want to see them get hurt. It's unfortunate, and I hope they get back soon. But at the same time, you've just got to stay ready.”

Offensive coordinator Todd Monken maintains that he believes the Cowboys have three good quarterbacks, that the competition during the spring was close. And during fall camp, both Monken and Chelf talked about how unforeseen circumstances can happen that shift the depth chart.

More specifically, injuries can happen.

“Normally, if you say, ‘Boy we can't make up our mind (on a starting quarterback),' that means you have none. I really thought we had three capable guys, and the margin wasn't (big).

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by Gina Mizell
OSU Sports Reporter
Gina Mizell joined The Oklahoman in August of 2011 as the Oklahoma State beat writer, where she covered the Cowboys' historic run to the Big 12 championship and Fiesta Bowl in her first season on the job. Before arriving in Stillwater, Gina was...
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