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Oklahoma State football: Quarterback Clint Chelf reflects on his path from third-team to bowl starter

CLINT CHELF Q&A — Oklahoma State's quarterback describes the most gratifying part of his ascension up the Cowboy depth chart.
BY GINA MIZELL Published: December 24, 2012
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photo - Oklahoma State's Clint Chelf (10) throws a pass during a college football game between Oklahoma State University (OSU) and Texas Tech University (TTU) at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012.  Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma State's Clint Chelf (10) throws a pass during a college football game between Oklahoma State University (OSU) and Texas Tech University (TTU) at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

Since it will be an “offensive coordinator by committee” approach in the bowl game, do you feel more responsibility as the starting quarterback to make sure the right play is called?

“Not really. I kind of feel like that anyway. Even when Coach Monken was here, there was a lot of stuff put on the quarterback. That's really not going to change. All the other coaches do a great job with their guys and getting them in the right spot and learning the plays.”

What's your favorite Christmas memory?

“Growing up, my family's split (between OU and OSU). So I would always get OU stuff from one side, and my uncles would always come back and give me a bunch of OSU stuff. Those kinds of battles are kind of the main thing I remember. Later on, in high school and stuff, when I was just an OSU fan, they would come out and bring like an OU shirt or something, and then follow it up with something really cool with OSU. Those gifts were pretty fun.”

You still have one more game left. But have you had a chance to reflect at all on what a crazy journey this season has been for you?

“No doubt. Dead week, finals week, there's really not a lot going on. You have a test every other day or something, so a lot of times you just sit down and relax. I've definitely thought about it and how far I've come and what I've been through. It was a fun reflection period, but now I've got to move onto Purdue.”

What's been the most gratifying moment?

“Just being able to play with the guys on the team. Getting out there finally and being on the field with the Lane Taylors, the Evan Epsteins, the seniors out there. And just to really get to experience it all and go through it with them their last couple games has been a blast.”

Do you look at the bowl game as a chance to prove you deserve to be the starting quarterback for 2013? Or is it still about finishing this season with a victory?

“It's still about this year, definitely. Whenever we come to the point next year, then I'll focus on that. But right now, I'll I'm thinking about is Purdue and ending this season right. I think it would be wrong, for our seniors, to look ahead any more.”