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OSU football: Mike Gundy allows Cowboys quarterback Clint Chelf to speak to media

Chelf had a lot to talk about since mid-October, when Gundy said all quarterbacks would be off-limits for interviews.
BY GINA MIZELL Published: December 13, 2013

STILLWATER — Clint Chelf stood against a brick wall just inside the gates of Boone Pickens Stadium, flashing a wide smile.

“It's great being back,” the Oklahoma State quarterback said.

“Back,” in this case, means chatting with the media.

OSU coach Mike Gundy surprisingly lifted the muzzle on Chelf following the Cowboys' first bowl practice Friday, allowing the quarterback to speak publicly for the first time since retaking the starting job in mid-October. Originally, Gundy said all quarterbacks would be off-limits for interviews until after the Cowboys' bowl game.

So, clearly, there was a lot to discuss. Chelf wrote Part 2 of his story of resilience and seizing opportunity this season, going from getting benched following just two series in the Cowboys' opener against Mississippi State to being voted as the second-team All-Big 12 quarterback by the conference's coaches and sports writers who cover the league.

Chelf would prefer to focus on how the story has ended.

“The beginning of the year, (I was) obviously disappointed, but that's not something that I'll remember,” he said. “This last month is what we'll all remember, so that obviously erases kind of the disappointment factor. I'm happy that I got to experience that with this group of guys, and especially the guys on offense.”

Still, it's worth looking back at the entire journey, particularly since Chelf has not been able to share his thoughts along the way.

Chelf admits spending the better part of five games — including the Cowboys' stunning loss at West Virginia in late September — as the backup was an “unfortunate experience.” But he had been passed over before and knew he had to practice patience while waiting for another opportunity.

An opportunity he truly believed would come.

“I did. I don't know what it was,” Chelf said. “Nothing against J.W. (Walsh), nothing against anybody. I just felt that it wasn't gonna end that way. I just felt that there was something inside of me that said that I would get another chance, and so I went with it.

“There's not really a whole lot you can do your senior year other than hope for that, so that's what I did, and I worked out.”

That second chance came against TCU on Oct. 19, after Walsh threw two early interceptions, including one in the end zone.

Chelf remembers being at the sideline phone that goes up to the coaches booth when offensive quality control coach Steve Hauser, who relays all the signals to the quarterbacks, gave Chelf a different type of message.

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