Oklahoma State plans to start Clint Chelf at quarterback at Iowa State Saturday, according to ESPN’s Joe Schad.
Chelf replaced J.W. Walsh early in the second quarter of last week’s win against TCU, completing 10 of his 25 passes for 184 yards, zero touchdowns and one interception. Following that game, Cowboy coach Mike Gundy said a starter for the Iowa State game would be decided after evaluating both Chelf and Walsh in practice this week.
Chelf started the final five games of the 2012 season and passed for 1,588 yards, 15 touchdowns and six interceptions after an injury-driven quarterback carousel first forced him into emergency duty against Kansas State in early November. He then started the Cowboys’ season opener against Mississippi State, only to be replaced by Walsh following two ineffective series.
Walsh has completed nearly 60 percent of his passes so far this season for 1,324 yards, nine touchdowns and five interceptions and is also OSU’s leading rusher with 284 yards and three touchdowns on 57 carries. But the Cowboy offense has often sputtered with Walsh behind center, and two early interceptions against TCU — including one in the end zone — ultimately led to his benching.
Chelf is known to be more of a downfield passer than Walsh. And Walsh could still play a role in the Cowboy offense against Iowa State and beyond, as the dual-threat quarterback accounted for six total touchdowns (four rushing, two passing) over OSU’s final four games last season while being utilized in a short-yardage and goal-line specialty package.
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