With two games left in their season, the Oklahoma State Cowboys are putting their faith in the hands of their third-string quarterback, Clint Chelf. Which doesn’t seem to bother the Cowboys fans at all. They have even given Chelf a nickname, Choo-Choo Chelf. “Choo-Choo” has almost reached a cult-like following in Stillwater over the last couple of weeks.
Chelf, who was once Brandon Weeden‘s back-up, spent this season sitting behind two younger quarterbacks, Wes Lunt and J. W. Walsh, who are both out with injuries. Chelf has led the Pokes to two wins and head coach Mike Gundy has officially announced him the starter for at least the Bedlam battle against the Oklahoma Sooners on Saturday.
Gundy had a little word play in his comment about Chelf on Monday saying, “Whatever train he’s driving, I’m getting on.” The junior, when asked about he thinks of his newly given nickname said he thinks its pretty funny. He also was asked about how he feels about getting beat out in the Spring by two freshmen and is now given his chance to shine:
For me, I don’t really feel like it’s any type of feel-good story. There’s a lot of stories around college football that are a lot more exciting and better than mine. I just was a player that got beat out and stuck with it and got a chance. I’m happy that it happened.
His teammates seem to regard him as the quiet type, who isn’t letting any of his new-found, cult status get to his head. So far this season, Chelf has played in five games and has started in the last two. He is sitting at 805 yards, 9 touchdowns and 3 picks.