STILLWATER — Oklahoma State senior quarterback Clint Chelf was named the Big 12 Conference Offensive Player of the Week Monday and only his teammates and those close to him will know just how much that means to the Enid native.
Chelf earned the honor by racking up 299 yards of offense with four touchdowns – including a 67-yard touchdown run, which was the longest for an OSU quarterback since Brent Blackman had a 72-yard run in 1972 – in OSU’s 52-34 victory at Texas Tech. But nobody knows his thoughts because he has been off limits to the media since reclaiming the starting quarterback role from J.W. Walsh, who had replaced Chelf at quarterback three drives into the season.
While Walsh was OSU’s signal caller, he was made available to the media before and after games. But since Chelf earned back the starting spot after a successfully replacing Walsh against Texas Christian University, no quarterback – considered the leader of an offense – has been permitted to speak a word to the media.
During his Sunday teleconference, OSU coach Mike Gundy gave his reasoning as to why the senior quarterback will not be made available to members of the media until after the bowl season – at which point Chelf’s Cowboy career will be over.
“Ever since we have started the year, there has been nothing but media opinion on who should play quarterback,” the OSU coach said. “And there is not really anything they (the quarterbacks) can say about themselves or each other that is productive for the overall chemistry of the team. And me neither.
“There is not really anything I can say about it. So it’s better off just to let them go until the season is over and then let them have an opportunity to communicate with everybody.”
Gundy, who has held a rule that no first-year players in the program are available to the media, set the precedent with his quarterbacks last year. During the up-and-down campaign in which three quarterbacks started for the Cowboys due to injury, Chelf was limited to speaking only after games the final three weeks of the season.