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OSU football: Clint Chelf just rolls with his winding career path

In the span of a little more than a year and a half, Chelf has gone from Brandon Weeden's backup and logical heir apparent ... to No. 3 finisher in a three-man spring race ... to 2012 season savior, MVP of the Heart of Dallas Bowl and starting quarterback ... to ousted backup again.
by John Helsley Modified: September 9, 2013 at 3:00 pm •  Published: September 8, 2013
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Clint Chelf smiled casually and comfortably Saturday, clearly still enjoying his solid afternoon of quarterbacking the Cowboys.

As for the days leading into the 56-35 win over UTSA …

“Just another week of practice,” Chelf said with a shrug.

That's how Chelf rolls, just in case you haven't noticed during his five years in orange and black.

A side-winding ride of detours and barricades and breakthroughs, too, Chelf's career path keeps offering up some alternative route, and not one that would be considered scenic.

In the span of little more than a year and a half, Chelf has gone from Brandon Weeden's backup and logical heir apparent … to No. 3 finisher in a three-man spring race … to 2012 season savior, MVP of the Heart of Dallas Bowl and starting quarterback … to ousted backup, again.

And while losing his grip on the quarterback job after just two series of this season's opener against Mississippi State dealt disappointment, it's nothing the Enid grad student hasn't faced or can't handle.

“I've been here, obviously, in this situation before,” Chelf said Saturday. “This time is a little different, the way that it went down. But it's college football, you go back to work the next week.

“You're always one play away. I just have to approach it the same way.”

That approach resulted in Chelf's feel-good rise to No. 1 quarterback a year ago, after Wes Lunt and J.W. Walsh were both lost to injury. Chelf passed for 1,588 yards and 15 touchdowns and delivered wins, finally fulfilling his OSU dream.

Then, as suddenly as his time came, it apparently went.

“I don't think any other player, maybe in the country, has been through exactly what I've been through,” Chelf said.

And so, just like a year ago, Chelf vows to be ready when needed, because he's not a quitter, despite rampant Internet reports of that nature one day last week; reports that circulated even as he was hard at it practicing with the Cowboys.

Those reports, Chelf said, are disappointing, since as much as anything, he's proven he's anything but a quitter.

“I had no idea what people were saying,” Chelf said. “Someone had to tweet at me and tell me. It's just one of those things. Some people can be fickle in this world. One day they're with you, another they think you're going to quit. I've just got to stay levelheaded and press on and know that I'm going to get another opportunity.

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by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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