Third-team quarterbacks receive limited practice reps, working with third-team personnel, so the opportunities to make a point — or a case — are few. And as a still-developing rookie, Lunt needs all the work he can get.
That means every snap and every pass Chelf makes needs to be perfect.
“I'm a perfectionist anyway,” Chelf said. “I definitely feel like I went out there and did well (Saturday in the scrimmage). We moved the ball. I made the right reads, made the right plays. We scored two touchdowns in two drives. I think I did really well.”
The rugged truth remains that Lunt is No. 1. And coaches are trying to build a package that utilizes Walsh's running skills.
And Chelf is No. 3, even though if Lunt were to struggle, or worse, get injured, Chelf appears to be the next-best option to run this offense.
Chelf said he'll continue to work and prepare and hope for his opportunity.
Monken signs off on that approach.
“And you never know,” Monken said. “You lose your quarterback, now I'm the backup. And then maybe I'm the guy.”
Chelf could find himself at another crossroad come December. With a degree in business management and a triple minor (finance, sports management and marketing), he'd be eligible to go to grad school somewhere else and be immediately eligible.
That's a thought for later, however.
“I'm extremely happy with where I'm at,” Chelf said. “I love OSU and I'm glad to be here. I'll graduate in December. I've never been a quitter. I'll get my degree from here; I always wanted to do that. And then we'll see where that takes me.
“We'll just have to see.”
So Chelf stands at the ready, just in case he's called into this 2012 season.
At some point, he wants to play.
“I'm not going to give up on that,” he said, “until there's absolutely zero chance.”