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December 19, 2013

Chelf allowed to break silence after first bowl practice

Oklahoma State quarterback Clint Chelf has kept quiet. He broke his streak of silence at Boone Pickens Stadium following the Cowboys’ first bowl practice.

Chelf has not spoken to the media since claiming the starting quarterback position back this year. His first time to speak in quite some time was a positive experience.

“It’s not a big deal to me,” Chelf said.

Chelf and the Cowboys were in control of the Big 12 conference after beating up on the No. 4 ranked Baylor Bears in Stillwater. Even then Chelf was unavailable to speak. Just two weeks later, all the Cowboys needed was a win against their in-state rival, Oklahoma. But things fell quickly when the Sooners left Stillwater with a 33-24 win. Chelf and the Cowboys felt the loss during their practice on Friday.

“We were in a little bit of a funk today. That’s understandable,” Chelf said.

Oklahoma State has until Jan. 3 to get ready for SEC opponent and former Big 12 member Missouri in the Cotton Bowl.

“We have to refocus and regroup and get ready for Missouri,” Chelf said.

Chelf is excited about playing an SEC defense in the Cowboys’ bowl game. The last time Chelf has faced an SEC defense was in Oklahoma State’s first game of the year against Mississippi State. Chelf started the game but was quickly taken out. Chelf finished the game completing 3 of 6 passes for 11 yards.

“Any time you can play an SEC team I think that’s what you want to do. They are regarded as the best conference. Getting a shot at a team that was in the conference championship is something we are excited about, obviously, and it’s a good challenge for us,” Chelf said.

For the senior from Enid, the Cotton Bowl will be his last game as a Cowboy.

“I haven’t really thought about it yet,” Chelf said.

Chelf was named to the All-Big 12 second-team. Oklahoma State had 11 players named to All-Big 12 teams.

“It’s exciting. That’s something that obviously at the beginning of the year you want to be on,” Chelf said. “It’s a tribute to my teammates.”

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