OSU football: Starting Clint Chelf at quarterback is the wrong move

BERRY TRAMEL COMMENTARY — Since taking over as OSU's starting quarterback, Clint Chelf has completed 39.2 percent of his passes. If that's going to continue, you might as well stick with J.W. Walsh.
by Berry Tramel Published: November 1, 2013

But Yurcich also made the case for the deep balls. “The shots we are taking down the field, we need to complete those, too,” Yurcich said. “Make sure we're stretching the defensive vertically. It can't just all be little dink and dunk passes underneath. We need to stretch ‘em too.”

No doubt stretching the defense helped Des Roland break out for 219 yards rushing at Iowa State. But the Cyclones are the Big 12's worst rushing defense and one of the nation's worst, ranking 110th.

And after watching Chelf the last two weeks, why would Tech back off the line of scrimmage and open running lanes? More likely, the Red Raiders will dare OSU to pass.

“The passing game's there,” said receiver Charlie Moore. “We have the confidence. We know at any time the passing game can light up.”

That seems to be the theme of this entire OSU season. Surely the passing game will blossom.

It's got a better chance of blossoming with Walsh, even if his .596 completion percentage isn't world class. That's 20 percentage points ahead of what we've seen of Chelf the last two weeks.

OSU is putting its season on the line with a quarterback who can't throw straight. Doesn't seem like a good idea.

Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at btramel@opubco.com. He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at newsok.com/berrytramel.

by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The...
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