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May 12, 2014

Chelf to get tryout with Dolphins

ENID, Okla. — Enid’s Clint Chelf is heading to Miami.

The former Plainsmen standout quarterback has accepted an invitation to participate in the Dolphins’ rookie minicamp later this month.

“It’s pretty awesome,” Chelf said. “I’m really happy to be getting this chance. I received a call (Sunday) and will be flying out on May 22.”

The Dolphins’ minicamp runs from May 23-25.

Chelf said he is confident and thinks he has a legitimate shot to impress the Dolphins, and hopefully, receive a contract offer with a strong camp performance.

“I think my chances are good,” Chelf said, adding that getting a call was a bit of a relief for the former Oklahoma State signal-caller.

“I was waiting for the call,” Chelf said. “Originally thought they were going to sign a contract, but the numbers apparently didn’t work out that way.”

Chelf has been training in Tyler, Texas, since the end of the season and living with former OSU wide receiver and teammate Charlie Moore, who has been invited to the Detroit Lions rookie minicamp.

Most draft projections indicated Chelf would either be a late round pick or an undrafted free agent.

Chelf, who started the last eight games for OSU at quarterback last season, is expected to compete with Miami’s Pat Devlin, now in his fourth year, in addition to North Dakota State’s Brock Jensen, who signed as an undrafted free agent Sunday following the conclusion of the NFL draft, and Jordan Rogers, brother of Packers’ quarterback Aaron Rogers, for the No. 3 quarterback position.

Ryan Tannehill, Miami’s first-round pick in the 2012 NFL draft, is the Dolphins’ starting quarterback and Matt Moore again is expected to be Tannehill’s backup at No. 2.

Chelf was 9-4 as a starter at OSU over the past two seasons and led the Cowboys to a Cotton Bowl berth this past season. He was MVP of the Heart of Dallas Bowl in OSU’s 58-14 victory over Purdue the season before.

Chelf had a signature win this past season in leading OSU over previously undefeated Baylor 49-17, passing for a career-high 370 yards.

He finished in the top 10 in several career offensive categories for OSU, including No. 5 in touchdown passes (37) and No. 6 in career passing yards with 4,281.

A 2009 graduate of Enid High School, Chelf still holds the Plainsmen marks for most passing yards in a season with 2,234 in 2008 and the highest completion percentage in a season (57.1 percent). He owns EHS career marks for most completions (298), passing yards (4,124) and touchdowns (34) and the single-game mark for passing yards (376 in 2007).

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