NORMAN — Last year, Oklahoma State University quarterback Clint Chelf picked up the nickname “Choo Choo” before conducting the Cowboys’ offense through the final five games of the season.
Now it appears he’s earned a new nickname, based on his spring performance.
“He’s Steady Eddie and that’s what you need,” Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich said.
A year after an indecisive spring on and off the field nearly led to Chelf’s transfer after losing the starting quarterback job to Wes Lunt, Chelf has gone from shaky to rock solid — already being named the starter for Saturday’s spring game even before spring practices began.
And that, in turn, has produced even more confidence for the Enid product.
“He’s more confident,” Oklahoma State running back Jeremy Smith said. “He’s come in like, ‘This is my job now.’ Literally, he competes every day he’s out there. He’ll be out there when nobody else is just throwing the ball to a wall if he doesn’t have anybody to throw to. He just makes sure that everything is perfect.”
Striving for perfection has been Chelf’s goal since he first stepped on campus as a freshman, but things have gone anything but perfect in his first three years.
“It was really tough,” Chelf said. “There were a lot of ups and downs. You just have to try to approach everything the same way. You can’t really control anything outside of you performance on the field, so that’s all I’m worried about.”
But it’s those imperfections that have helped Chelf go from the No. 3 guy in last season’s fall camp to locking up the starting role for Saturday’s scrimmage.
“It’s really cool as a teammate and a friend to see a guy that worked so hard for so long and kind of had a lot of struggles when he first got here to come through,” Oklahoma State lineman Parker Graham said. “Now he’s student-athlete of the year and we’re both in grad school together. It’s just been a heck of a journey for both of us and getting to witness his transformation has been really cool.”