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Wes Lunt | Quarterback

Team: Illinois Fighting Illini
Age / DOB:  (21) / 10/7/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 225

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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. Jun 30 - 3:59 PM
Source: CBS Sports

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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

Illinois redshirt sophomore QB Wes Lunt is set to return to the starting lineup this weekend versus Purdue, according to NBC's College Football Talk.

Against Texas State, the 6-foot-5, 225-pound Lunt suffered a minor injury to his right knee and it was diagnosed as a knee sprain. In Lunt's absence, QB Reilly O’Toole completed only 17-of-38 passes and tossed three interceptions versus Nebraska. In four games, Lunt has completed 65 percent of his passes, passing for 1237 yards, while throwing 11 touchdowns versus three interceptions.
Fri, Oct 3, 2014 04:11:00 PM

Illinois redshirt sophomore QB Wes Lunt is expected to start against Purdue after recovering from a sprained knee.

Fill in quarterback Reilly O’Toole got "beat up a little bit" against Nebraska, according to coach Tim Beckman. The team is even considering burning Aaron Bailey's redshirt if it comes to that. Lunt has played well in his first year as Illinois' starter, however.
Tue, Sep 30, 2014 01:40:00 PM

Illinois redshirt sophomore QB Wes Lunt completed 35 of 50 attempts for 456 yards, three touchdowns and an interception in the school's 42-34 win over Western Kentucky.

Lunt's interception was poorly timed after the Hilltoppers returned a fumble for a touchdown. The poor pass was on a crossing route in the left third of the field, as Lunt did not see the closing defensive back. Other than that, Lunt has made quit a statement as Illinois' starter.
Sat, Sep 6, 2014 05:46:00 PM

Illinois redshirt sophomore QB Wes Lunt completed 24 of 38 attempts for 284 yards and four touchdowns in the school's 28-17 win over Youngstown State

Lunt, a Oklahoma State transfer, was forced to sit out last season during his first year with the Illini. The wait paid off. We have not seen a single snap of this game, but the box score was impressive.
Sat, Aug 30, 2014 06:37:00 PM

Redshirt sophomore Wes Lunt has won Illinois' starting QB job.

Lunt transferred from Oklahoma State prior to last season. The redshirt sophomore was competing with senior Reilly O'Toole and sophomore Aaron Bailey. Back in 2012, Lunt was the first true freshman to starting the Oklahoma State's opening game since 1950. He completed 62 percent of his passes while registering six touchdowns and seven interceptions in six games during his lone season with the Cowboys.
Wed, Aug 20, 2014 01:53:00 PM

From a physical standpoint, Junior QB Wes Lunt "has the size, arm strength and athleticism that intrigues next level evaluators," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"From a physical standpoint, Lunt has the size, arm strength and athleticism that intrigues next level evaluators and if he can lead an Illinois squad (without much NFL talent) to some success, it will only help his pro profile," Brugler wrote. The former four-star recruit transferred from Oklahoma State and ended up sitting out last season due to transfer rules. The 6-foot-5, 210 pound QB enters this year as the projected starter for the Fighting Illini, but he'll have to lead an offense without four of the top-five receivers from a year ago.
Source: CBS Sports
Wed, Jul 23, 2014 08:59:00 AM

Sophomore QB Wes Lunt revealed that Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy lifted transfer restrictions prior to Lunt choosing Illinois.

Gundy made news when he restricted Lunt from transferring to Big 12 and SEC schools, along with Southern Miss, the Pac-12 and Central Michigan. Apparently Gundy lifted those limitations, which included 37 schools and three of Lunt's initial top five, but the sophomore quarterback had already lost contact with the coaches of those schools.
Source: ESPN
Tue, Jun 18, 2013 01:04:00 PM

Former Oklahoma State sophomore QB Wes Lunt has decided to transfer to Illinois.

Illinois has been the favorite all along, since Lunt is from the state and former Illini transfer quarterback Jeff George spoke with the sophomore sometime in the last few weeks. The school won two of their first three games in 2012 but posted losses for the remainder of the season. Senior Nathan Scheelhaase will likely keep the starting job this year, which works for Lunt since he will have to take a redshirt. Expect to hear the former Cowboy's name leading up to the 2014 season. Lunt chose Illinois over Louisville.
Mon, Jun 17, 2013 12:47:00 PM