He arrived on campus in Stillwater in 2009 without much hype, a three-star dual-threat quarterback from Enid, Oklahoma. He was stuck behind the likes of Zac Robinson and Brandon Weeden for three years before he even had a sniff at the starting job. Then, when it looked like it was finally his time to take the reigns, two highly regarded youngsters, J.W. Walsh and Wes Lunt (who has since transferred), were brought into the fold.
Needless to say, it has not been an easy road for Cowboy’s starting quarterback Clint Chelf.
Chelf initially had his first real shot at locking down the starting job last season, when Lunt and Walsh were both hampered by injuries. In his first career start, he passed for 292 yards and four touchdowns against West Virginia. He never looked back. Chelf finished the season with 1,588 yards passing to go along with 15 touchdowns and just six interceptions. He was even named MVP of the Heart of Dallas Bowl after tossing three touchdowns against Purdue.
It looked as though the job would be Chelf’s to lose for the 2013 season, but just three series into the season opener against Mississippi State, he was pulled in favor of Walsh. However, Chelf wasn’t done just yet.
Chelf regained the job for the final time against TCU, replacing a struggling Walsh who had thrown two costly interceptions. Chelf helped lead the Cowboys to a 24-10 victory over the Horned Frogs. Since that game back in October, Chelf and the rest of the Cowboys’ offense have not looked back.
In the six games since Chelf regained the starting job, Oklahoma State has averaged 43.8 points per game, compared to 35.7 points per game in the first six games of the season. The offense has also scored at least 42 points in four of six games since Chelf took over. The Cowboys accomplished that same feat just twice in the first six games. On the season, the senior quarterback has thrown for 1,792 yards, 15 touchdowns, six interceptions and has added 321 yards rushing and six rushing touchdowns.
Chelf thought about transferring early in his career, but his patience and perseverance have finally paid off for both he and the Cowboys as they prepare to take on the Missouri Tigers in the Cotton Bowl. It’s probably safe to say Chelf and head coach Mike Gundy are glad he decided to stick around.