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Wes Lunt | Quarterback

Team: Illinois Fighting Illini
Age / DOB:  (22) / 10/7/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 225

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Illinois redshirt senior QB Wes Lunt is working with his fifth quarterback coach in his fifth season of college football.
Instability. Lunt started his career at Oklahoma State in 2012 before transferring to Illinois and sitting out the 2013 season. Illinois' was a dumpster fire last year, but hopefully that changes with Lovie Smith and his staff on site now. Current quarterbacks coach, Garrick McGee, is also the offensive coordinator and comes from Louisville where he held the same position under Bobby Petrino. Jul 27 - 11:16 AM

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Illinois redshirt senior QB Wes Lunt tied for the national lead with 42 dropped passes last year.

Those 42 drops were equaled by only Washington State’s Luke Falk, who attempted 167 more throws. WR Geronimo Allison and his 12 drops are now in the NFL, and the hope is that Allison's butter-fingered former WR mates will be less so this fall. Lunt threw for 2,761 yards (56.1% completions) with a 14/6 TD/INT ratio last year. Take away those drops and his spikes, however, and Lunt’s accuracy percentage skyrockets to 69%.
Jul 9 - 8:59 AM

Illinois redshirt senior QB Wes Lunt indicated that he likes the direction the new coaching staff has taken.

Lunt was predictably uneasy when Illinois abruptly fired HC Bill Cubit and his staff early in March. He likes what new HC Lovie Smith has done in a short amount of time, though, citing a "plan they executed really fast." Noted the 6-foot-5, 225-pound gunslinger, "It was an up-and-down roller-coaster ride, but now we're on an even, flat line and ready to go. It's been as smooth a transition as it can be in the short amount of time it's been." For the 2015 campaign, Lunt threw for 2,761 yards (56.1% completions) with a 14/6 TD/INT ratio. Illinois finished with a disappointing 5-7 record and a distressing 2-6 record in the Big Ten. All the more disturbing, the team actually jumped out to a 4-1 record before the wheels fell off.
Apr 7 - 11:36 PM

Illinois has fired AD Mike Thomas.

While interim chancellor Barbara Wilson said on Monday that an investigation into mistreatment of student athletes did not lay blame at Thomas' feet (that would go to former HC Tim Beckman), she felt like it was a time to move in a different direction. Wilson noted that "a change in leadership was needed in order to move forward." Paul Kowalczyk will serve as the interim athletic director until the school locks down a replacement. To recap, the Illini are currently working with an interim HC in Paul Cubit, an interim AD in Paul Kowalczyk and an interim chancellor in Wilson. Despite the near-complete overhaul of higher-ups, the Illinois football team's managed to work to a 5-4 record.
Mon, Nov 9, 2015 05:03:00 PM

Illinois redshirt junior QB Wes Lunt completed 22-of-43 passes for 278 yards and an interception in Saturday's 24-13 loss to Wisconsin.

Nothin' doing on Saturday for Lunt. This was the second game out of seven in which the 6-foot-5, 225-pound redshirt junior's failed to throw for a touchdown. While he's generally been able to find the end zone, he's thrown for more than one score in just one contest since tossing four in Illinois' season-opening win over Kent State.
Sat, Oct 24, 2015 09:02:00 PM

Illinois redshirt junior QB Wes Lunt completed 33-of-46 passes for 316 yards, a touchdown and an interception in Saturday's win over Western Illinois.

Lunt tossed for just 162 yards (plus four touchdowns) against Kent State in Week 1. He racked up a more impressive yardage total on Saturday as the Illini routed Western Illinois, throwing for 316 yards. His lone touchdown pass came from one-yard out, when he hit Tyler White for the score early in the second quarter. The 6-foot-5, 225-pound redshirt junior has played well against inferior competition through the first two weeks, but the schedule toughens up for Week 3, as Lunt and company will be hitting the road to face North Carolina.
Sat, Sep 12, 2015 04:28:00 PM

Illinois interim HC Bill Cubit said that redshirt junior QB Wes Lunt was in "total command" of Saturday's 52-3 win over Kent State.

"[Lunt] understands what he's doing out there," said Cubit, who went on to add commendation for his quarterback's ability to communicate openly with the coaching staff. The 6-foot-5, 225-pound redshirt junior threw three touchdowns in the first quarter of Saturday's contest with Kent State and finished with 162 yards and four scores. The Illini's first big test of the season will come in two weeks, when they hit the road for a date with North Carolina.
Mon, Sep 7, 2015 02:38:00 PM

Illinois redshirt junior QB Wes Lunt completed 11-of-19 passes for 162 yards and four touchdowns in Saturday's 52-3 romp over Kent State.

This game was initially going to be played on Friday, but lightning in the area pushed it back to Saturday. Friday, Saturday, it probably wouldn't have mattered to Lunt, who threw three touchdowns in the first quarter alone. The 6-foot-5, 225-pound redshirt junior tossed scores of two yards, 34 yards and 21 yards in that first quarter. He would throw a 34-yard score at the start of the second quarter, too, just for kicks and giggles. Scouts love Lunt's big frame and his arm strength. He completed 63.5% of his passes last season, good for 1,763 yards, 14 touchdowns and three interceptions.
Sat, Sep 5, 2015 06:16:00 PM

Illinois redshirt junior QB Wes Lunt has "physical traits" that "immediately attracts the attention of pro scouts, consistently making NFL throw after NFL throw," CBS Sports' Dane Brugler observes.

"And while the statistics look promising (63.5-percent completions, 14:3 touchdown:interception ratio), Lunt underwhelmed last season, although he did show the potential to be one of the best passers in the conference. He has pro physical traits with his size, mobility and arm strength that immediately attracts the attention of pro scouts, consistently making NFL throw after NFL throw," Brugler writes. The 6-foot-4, 225-pound Lunt passed for 1,763 yards, 14 TDs and three interceptions last season for Illinois. The former Oklahoma State transfer started off hot last season before he broke his leg in a loss to Purdue.
Source: CBS Sports
Tue, Jun 30, 2015 03:59:00 PM

Illinois redshirt sophomore QB Wes Lunt completed 14 of 25 attempts for 102 yards and a touchdown in the school's 30-14 loss to Iowa.

Illinois was terrible in this one, and Lunt didn't help. A yards per attempts average of 4.1 is just atrocious. Lunt is draft-eligible, but his play certainly does not make it seem like he should make the NFL jump yet.
Sat, Nov 15, 2014 03:11:00 PM

Illinois redshirt sophomore QB Wes Lunt (ankle) will play against Iowa on Saturday.

Lunt fractured his fibula against Purdue in early October. He's made steady progress in rehab and will be ready to return for the Fighting Illini when they face the Hawkeyes this weekend. In his first five games, Lunt averaged 313 passing yards per game. Prior to the injury, he had thrown 13 touchdowns to three interceptions. "Now that I'm comfortable with putting weight on [the leg], it's no big deal," Lunt said. He wasn't worried about getting hit again. "That's football. I've been hurt multiple times. I know how to get back in the game."
Mon, Nov 10, 2014 07:09:00 PM

Illinois redshirt sophomore QB Wes Lunt (ankle) is expected to return to the field against Iowa on November 15.

Lunt, who suffered a fractured fibula earlier this month against Purdue, has shed his crutches and started a throwing routine. "Great. Awesome," Illini HC Todd Beckman said of Lunt. "We feel like there is a great possibility [for him] to be back after the open [week]." Senior Reilly O'Toole has completed 127-of-191 passes for 1,569 yards, 15 touchdowns, and five interceptions in Lunt's absence.
Mon, Oct 27, 2014 10:19:00 PM

Illinois redshirt sophomore QB Wes Lunt has shed his crutches and has started throwing.

Lunt suffered a fractured fibula a couple of weeks ago. Senior Reilly O'Toole and sophomore Aaron Bailey will run a two quarterback system until Lunt returns, which could be in two to four weeks if the original timeline is correct.
Source: USA Today
Tue, Oct 21, 2014 10:16:00 AM

Illinois redshirt sophomore QB Wes Lunt suffered a fractured fibula in Saturday's loss to Purdue and will miss the next four-to-six weeks.

Lunt exited the contest in the fourth quarter after being sacked by Boilermaker star DE Ryan Russell. The Oklahoma State transfer, who is 127-of-192 for 1,569 yards with a 13/3 TD/INT rate, leads the Big Ten in passing yards per game at 313.8. "I’m very disappointed for Wes, his family and the Fighting Illini family, but I know we all will respond to this situation in a positive way," head coach Tim Beckman said in a statement. "He’s having an outstanding season and we’re very hopeful to have him back on the field for the final three games. We are fortunate to have two bye weeks coming up so the games Wes will have to miss are as limited as possible. We have a lot of confidence in Reilly O’Toole and Aaron Bailey as we prepare for our upcoming game against Wisconsin."
Mon, Oct 6, 2014 01:58:00 AM

Illinois redshirt sophomore QB Wes Lunt completed 27 of 39 attempts for 332 yards and two touchdowns in the school's 38-27 loss to Purdue.

Lunt did leave the game late in the fourth quarter with an injury. After starting the season winning three of their first four, Illinois has lost two straight with Wisconsin and Ohio State still on the schedule.
Sat, Oct 4, 2014 03:23:00 PM