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Oklahoma State football: Villanueva family thrilled to meet Clint Chelf at OSU's Fan Appreciation Day

Ernesto Villanueva was beaming Saturday as Dominik, 9, and Rodman, 6, got to meet Cowboys players, but the proudest moment came when Dominik met quarterback Clint Chelf.
by Jacob Unruh Published: August 3, 2013

Now, he's gearing up for a season in which the Cowboys are facing uncharted expectations as the Big 12 favorite.

“I'm very excited,” Villanueva said. “I saw that they're ranked No. 1 in the Big 12 and I was like, ‘All right.' I've got family and friends that disrespect on OSU, but I stand behind them.”

And the Villanuevas stand behind Chelf as the quarterback.

Dominik's eyes lit up when Chelf signed his No. 81 OSU jersey, just like many of the other players and coaches did. But Chelf was special.

He started last season as the third-string quarterback, essentially an afterthought. But his rise to No. 1 on the depth chart will now become a positive example for Dominik.

“It's a little kid's dream to be a quarterback of the team,” Ernesto said. “He hasn't read much about (Chelf's rise), but I'm going to have him read it and get some inspiration from it.”

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