The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

April 30, 2013

Chelf, Walsh keep silent about OSU QB battle

By Ryan Costello, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Oklahoma State quarterbacks Clint Chelf and J.W. Walsh spoke during a Fellowship of Christian Athletes dinner Monday at Emmanuel Baptist Church.

One topic they didn’t touch on was which when of them — or teammate Wes Lunt — would be talking in the OSU huddle in four months, keeping an embargo on any further info on OSU’s quarterbacks that was set just after the team’s annual spring finale on April 20.

“We’re not really going to talk about that from this point on,” OSU head coach Mike Gundy said. “There’s no reason for us to talk about what our quarterback situation is, but I think we’ve been very open about it through the spring, our players have been very open about it … I don’t think there’s anything else we can say other than we’ve been fortunate to have three players that are really good.”

Except, of course, who will be taking snaps Aug. 31 against Mississippi State in Houston.

That didn’t get any clearer Monday, but life as a Cowboy quarterback, and therefore co-conspirator in the 2013 iteration of Oklahoma State’s game of QB cat and mouse, did.

“It doesn’t matter where we are,” said Chelf. “Just yesterday, I was down with some family in Oklahoma City, probably 20 people, and every single one of them asked. It didn’t matter if they were sitting there when the first person asked, they had to come up and ask for themselves.”

And each got the same answer.

“It makes it really easy just to say, ‘We’re not allowed to talk about it,’” Walsh said.

Still, both quarterbacks kept a sense of humor about their vow of silence. At the family event Chelf referenced, a lunch with a cousin home from military service in South Korea, the Enid native had even more reason to keep mum.

“It was all family, and they’re big OU fans, so it was weird,” he said.

Chelf began last season third on the depth chart, but took over after injuries to Lunt and Walsh. He was 3-2 as a starter, passing for team highs of 1,588 yards and 15 touchdowns against six interceptions. Chelf started the Cowboys’ final five games, including a 58-14 win over Purdue in the Heart of Dallas Bowl.

Walsh started three games and appeared in 10, completing a team-best 67 percent of his passes for 1,564 yards, 13 touchdowns and three interceptions.

Lunt was a true freshman and the team’s opening day starter in 2012 before leaving in the Cowboys’ third game of the season with a knee injury. He started five games, throwing for six touchdowns and seven interceptions.