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August 18, 2011

OSU coach Mike Gundy sees improvement in quarterback Clint Chelf

STILLWATER, Okla. — Oklahoma State coaches and players seem pretty satisfied that Enid High product Clint Chelf could guide the Cowboys to victory if starter Brandon Weeden misses part or all of a game with an injury.

The sophomore is miles ahead of his play in the 2010 season and continues to improve in preseason camp, OSU coach Mike Gundy said.

“I feel a lot better than I did at this time last year, which is to be expected,” Gundy said. “I feel better about him now than when we started on Aug. 4 or 5. He has got a long way to go, but I like his demeanor and work ethic.”

Chelf played in five games in the 2010 season as Weeden’s backup. He attempted 19 passes, completed 14 and had one interception. He threw for 213 yards and two touchdowns.

His best game came against Tulsa, a 65-28 blowout. Chelf went 8-for 11 for 165 yards. He tossed a 10-yard touchdown pass to Hubert Anyiam and a 27-yard TD pass to Charlie Moore.

Chelf thought he played well in Oklahoma State’s first scrimmage. He will face another test this Saturday when the Pokes have their second scrimmage.

“Timing with the receivers was a little difficult,” Chelf said after Saturday’s scrimmage. “When we got in stride and really got going, we really picked it up.”

Chelf continues to work on his timing with receivers in preseason camp this week. OSU’s offense continues to work on the little things – eliminating fumbles, interceptions and penalties.

“We’ve got all the big things down. We’ve got talent and most people know their (pass) routes. We’ve got a few young guys in there that are still learning. As far as offense goes, it’s all timing and eliminating silly mistakes,” Chelf said.

Chelf said he is comfortable in OSU’s air-raid offense, which is similar to the offense he ran at Enid High School. The big difference is college players are bigger and quicker.

The Cowboys’ Biletnikoff Award winning receiver Justin Blackmon said Chelf could carry the team in an emergency.

“I feel way more confident today than I did a year ago,” Blackmon said. “Last year, he was good. Now, he knows the offense. He knows the system. He knows where to check plays. He’s not guessing. He knows his stuff now.”

The team is more confident in Chelf, Blackmon said. Chelf also is more confident.

“You can see it in the tapes,” he said.

Offensive coordinator Todd Monken isn’t as comfortable with Chelf or the second-team offense. He wasn’t as impressed with Chelf after the first scrimmage, but said he needed to look at scrimmage tape to see where mistakes were being made.

“I don’t remember all the flow of the plays. The flow of the plays could be: Clint mistake, left guard mistake, running back mistake, wideout mistake over an eight-play period. He actually plays really good, but it just feels like crap,” Monken said. “It didn’t feel good – starting with me as a play caller. It’s not putting it on him. Starting with me, that unit and then Clint, it just didn’t feel good.”

It’s also difficult to evaluate Chelf during a scrimmage because all the quarterbacks run the same plays in order to evaluate the other players as well, Monken said.

If Chelf had to start a game for an injured Weeden, the playbook would be scaled down to the plays that work bests for Chelf and the offense, Monken said.

“With a younger player, you’re not going to expose him to everything (in a game). You’d shrink that to what he really does well and get it into other players hands more than you would if Brandon was in there,” he said.

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