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November 20, 2012

Chelf experty driving Pokes’ train

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STILLWATER, Okla. —

As he was getting recruited by OSU in high school, he really started to pick sides. His older brother, Colton, also walked on as a wide receiver for the Cowboys.

Now, he’ll be the one in the spotlight when Bedlam rolls around.

“Any time that you can get on a stage like that and perform well, you want to do it. There’s a lot of times when I said, ‘I hope that can be me some day,”’ Chelf said.

With all the sudden attention, Chelf said he’s not the big man on campus — perhaps because he’s nearing graduation and only has one class a day, with the rest online. With social media, though, his stardom is well-known.

“I saw it on Twitter and it just kind of blew up after that,” receiver Isaiah Anderson said. “I’ve seen people with conductor hats on and train whistles. It’s ridiculous, but I’m happy that he’s kind of getting out there like that, and I’m pretty sure he’s enjoying it too.”

At practice, his teammates will yell “choo choo” at him and Bassett even caught himself celebrating a Cowboys touchdown pass by pumping his fist as though he were pulling on a train whistle.

“It’s really taken off. It’s only about a week old, but he’s already got shirts made for him,” guard Lane Taylor said. “It’s crazy. I’ve never seen anything take off like this before.”

Bizarre as it may be, the Cowboys just hope Chelf doesn’t get derailed any time soon.

“If that makes him play better, then I’m all for it because he’s done a great job being known as the Clint Chelf ‘Choo Choo’ Train,” Bassett said. “So, we’ll ride that train the rest of the season and hopefully it’ll carry us to a few more wins.”

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