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April 4, 2012

Cowboy quarterback challenge

Chelf: 'Trying to get better as a player, leader'

STILLWATER, Okla. — Clint Chelf is the only quarterback on the Oklahoma State roster who has any collegiate experience.

You’d think that would make him the heir apparent to Brandon Weeden, the Cowboys’ star signal caller who is expected to be the third or fourth quarterback taken in the NFL Draft later this month.

Yet, Cowboy coach Mike Gundy didn’t annoint Chelf.

Instead, the coach is working three quarterbacks — Chelf, redshirt freshman J.W. Walsh and true freshman Wes Lunt — at quarterback during spring drills.

Walsh understands Gundy’s reasoning and welcomes the competition.

“I know I’ve been here the longest, but I haven’t played in very many games,” Chelf said.

The former Enid High standout played in five games in 2010 and four in 2011 and has thrown only 49 passes in competition. Chelf has completed 34 for 520 yards and five touchdowns. His quarterback efficiency rating is 188.1.

The Cowboys reached the halfway point in spring drills on Wednesday, and Gundy said he is pleased with the team’s enthusiasm, body language and improvement.

 Gundy said he expects one of OSU’s quarterbacks to pull ahead of the others and win the starting position when spring practice ends April 21.

“That why you come to a program like this. You know they are always going to bring someone in behind you that will be coming for your job,” Chelf said. “We all understand that. There’s definitely not any bad blood between us.”

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