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Chelf rose from third-stringer to starter in 2012, taking the Cowboys to their third-consecutive bowl victory.

Chelf rose from third-stringer to starter in 2012, taking the Cowboys to their third-consecutive bowl victory.

April 11, 2013


Clint Chelf had an incredible 2012 season for OSU football. He went from starting the season as the third-string quarterback, to leading the Cowboys to a 44-point win in the Heart of Dallas Bowl.

However, he had a great 2012 off the gridiron as well.

Chelf, a senior quarterback from Enid, Okla., was named the Oklahoma State male Student-Athlete of the Year at OSU’s 18th Annual Student-Athlete Academic Awards Banquet on Monday night.

The award comes as one of many honors for Chelf this year, including being named the Most Valuable Player of the Heart of Dallas Bowl in January.

Chelf, who already has a bachelor’s degree in business/sports management and is pursuing his master’s in business administration, said his academic success stems from developing effective time management skills and learning how to balance the busy schedule of a student-athlete.

“I have learned to be resourceful,” Chelf said. “If I have an hour to study, I have to take advantage of it. Being resourceful is probably the biggest key to managing my time management.”

To qualify the award and for the banquet, student-athletes must meet one of the following criteria: earn a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, earn a GPA of 3.0 or higher for the spring and fall or spring, fall and summer combined, earn a GPA of 3.0 or higher for the fall for first-year or transfer students or be nominated upon recommendation of Academic Services for Student-Athletes.

During last season’s Kansas State game, Chelf began his ascent through OSU’s quarterback ranks after freshman Wes Lunt went down with an injury. Chelf said his hard work that earned him starting honors and academic achievement is work that he hopes the younger players on the squad can learn from.

“After Brandon Weeden got the starting job a couple years ago, I kind of had someone to model myself after on the field and off the field,” Chelf said. “That’s one of the main things that I try to tell the younger guys, is that being a football player isn’t just about what you do on the field, but also that you have to manage your time well and not waste any of it.”

Chelf’s path as a Cowboy turned out to be just like Weeden’s, as the current Cleveland Browns quarterback won OSU’s Student-Athlete of the Year award in 2011.

However, Chelf’s success through the academic ranks has helped him develop an effective for life after an OSU Cowboy, should a football career not be in the cards.

“As an athlete, you always have to keep an open mind about where your career is going to take you,” Chelf said. “But most of all, I'm extremely grateful for what I've learned here at OSU through my degree, and I'm extremely proud to be a student-athlete here."



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