Chelf Believes In Young Cowboys

Former Oklahoma State quarterback Clint Chelf, a second-team All-Big 12 selection a year ago, is still working out and is hopeful he can continue his football career this fall in either the NFL or in Canada with the CFL.

"I'm working out and my agent still seems to think that I will have a chance," Chelf said. "Hopefully, with training camps opening up this month I will know something more sometime later this month or next.

"When I was in Texas I was working with Graham Harrell (former Texas Tech quarterback). He is a guy that went up to Canada and he loved it, and then the next year the (Green Bay) Packers called and he was there for three years. That is definitely an avenue that I would take."

Chelf was recently interviewed on and in that interview dispelled the silly media rumor from last season that Cowboys head coach Mike Gundy was calling plays instead of offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich.

Chelf actually played for five offensive coordinators in his OSU career if you are willing to count Gundy twice. Chelf was recruited from Enid when Gundy was calling the plays for offense and sitting on a trunk behind the bench when the other team had the ball as he plotted out the next series.

After Zac Robinson completed his eligibility, Gundy hired swashbuckler Mike Leach lieutenant and UH offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen to install his no huddle, spread. When Holgorsen left for West Virginia, Gundy hired Todd Monken from Jacksonville in the NFL.

After two seasons, including the Big 12 championship and Fiesta Bowl victory, Monken left for the head coaching job at Southern Miss. Gundy called plays for the Heart of Dallas Bowl, showing he had learned plenty about the spread. Now Yurcich is in his second season as the offensive coordinator.

"With Coach Yurcich being a younger guy than Dana or Coach Monken, I do think that gave Coach Gundy the opportunity to be more of an advisor," Chelf explained.

"When we were in the Heart of Dallas Bowl, Coach Gundy was in the quarterback room and he was coaching us and he was calling the plays. It wasn't anything like that this year. It was Coach Yurcich but I think Coach Yurcich used Coach Gundy as an outlet and bounced off things to see what Coach Gundy wanted to see out of the offense."

I really wanted to talk to Chelf about his class of players and extremely effective leaders that just left the program and how this next group will formulate the kind of leadership and direction that was derived from within.

"This team has a lot of opportunity to grow and they need to grow into their own identity," Chelf answered. "I think this will be a tough year because of the schedule and starting off with the defending national champions Florida State. The schedule after the first game will kind of help them out and they have a chance to get some confidence going and some momentum.

"Leadership is something that our group learned from the guys before us and that is what these guys will have to do," Chelf continued on leadership. "They all saw what you saw and that was we handled our business and knew what we wanted and how to get there.

"They have guys like Koenig that has played and J.W. (Walsh) and Desmond (Roland). On defense they have guys like Ryan Simmons, James Castleman, and Jimmy Bean that can be good leaders. They just need to relax and not force themselves on the other players but let that leadership just come out over the course of the summer and into the season."

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