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June 8, 2014

After Miami shot, Chelf hopes to hear from other NFL teams

DALLAS — Former Oklahoma State and Enid High School quarterback Clint Chelf did what he felt he needed to do at the Miami Dolphins’ rookie camp last month.

Now, comes the hard part: waiting.

Chelf, who went 9-4 as a starter at Oklahoma State after a record-setting career at Enid, came away from the three-day camp convinced he has what it takes to make it in the NFL, but without an offer from the Dolphins.

“I was really happy with the way I performed,” Chelf said. “I threw the ball well and picked up the offense. I would grade myself pretty high.”

While the 23-year-old Chelf — who currently is working out and staying in shape while splitting time in Enid and living in Dallas with older brother and former OSU and Enid teammate Colton and Colton’s fiancee — likely did increase his odds of catching the attention of another team, he also knew the odds of getting an offer from Miami were against him.

He competed primarily against North Dakota State’s Brock Jensen, who already had signed a contract as an undrafted free agent shortly after the NFL draft, and Minnesota State Mankato QB Jon Wolf in a crowded field in Miami that likely has its top three QB’s already settled with starter Ryan Tannehill and backups Matt Moore and Pat Devlin.

“Just based off my experience there, I felt I could definitely compete and make the (NFL),” Chelf said. “It was really encouraging to me. I was really proud of the way I performed.

“It was a fun, cool experience,” he said. “I can always say I tried out with the Dolphins.”

Now, he hopes that effort will draw the attention of another team.

Chelf also received positive feedback from Dolphins’ quarterback coach Zac Taylor, a graduate of Norman High School and a former Nebraska signal-caller.”

“The QB coach (Taylor) said they were impressed with what I did,” Chelf said. “He said I picked up the offense quicker than the other two guys.”

It was a bit of a whirlwind three-days for Chelf.

“We went through the offense, did seven-on-seven and individual drills,” Chelf said. “They were just evaluating how we picked up the offense and moved the ball.”

But that was easier than what lies immediately ahead as Chelf could control his performance at camp.

“The toughest part now is the waiting game,” Chelf said as he hopes to have his phone ring with another team dialing his number.

“My agent thinks I will have a chance,” he said.

If anything, Chelf has shown he can handle the “waiting game” after several ups and downs to become the starting quarterback at OSU, including starting the last six games of the 2013 season after going from starter to backup and back to starter again, eventually guiding OSU to the Cotton Bowl.

Chelf, who also currently is working towards completing his MBA at OSU, believes that experience made him stronger.

“Obviously, I went through a lot of adversity and it made me a better person,” he said. “Going through all that has helped me.”

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