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Wes Lunt | Quarterback

Team: Illinois Fighting Illini
Age / DOB:  (20) / 10/7/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 225

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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. Sep 6 - 5:46 PM

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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.
Aug 30 - 6:37 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.
Aug 20 - 1:53 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
Jul 23 - 8:59 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

ESPN's Joe Schad tweeted former Oklahoma State sophomore QB Wes Lunt's transfer decision could be made on Monday or Tuesday.

Schad added Lunt's choice will not be televised. The final two possibilities appear to be Louisville and Illinois, with the latter seemingly the favorite. However, since the decision wasn't immediate, it is tough to discount Louisville's chances.
Fri, Jun 14, 2013 11:29:00 AM

ESPN's Joe Schad tweeted former Oklahoma State sophomore QB Wes Lunt will "take some time" on his decision between Illinois and Louisville.

Lunt has recently visited both schools but has spent a larger amount of time with the Illini in the form of two trips to Champaign and meeting with former NFL quarterback Jeff George, a graduate from the school. Add on the fact that Lunt is from Illinois, and it is obvious why they have been the favorites all along. However, we think the longer this decision lasts, the better chance it gives Louisville.
Mon, Jun 10, 2013 11:09:00 AM

Former Illinois QB Jeff George met with Oklahoma State transfer QB Wes Lunt on Thursday.

Jeremy Rauch, who works for a local sports station in Illinois, believes this is a good sign for the Illini. George transferred from Purdue to Illinois during his playing days and will likely offer his advice on the matter.
Fri, Jun 7, 2013 08:44:00 AM

Former Oklahoma State sophomore QB Wes Lunt did not visit Illinois over the weekend but plans to this Thursday.

This will be Lunt's second visit to Illinois, and he seems to be doing his due diligence after taking a trip to Louisville following the first visit to Champaign. Illinois appears to be the favorite, but Louisville has had more success in recent years. Lunt will have to sit out the 2013 season regardless of his final destination.
Mon, Jun 3, 2013 12:50:00 PM

After visiting Louisville earlier in the week, former Oklahoma State sophomore QB Wes Lunt will likely "circle back to Illinois again this weekend," according to ESPN's Joe Schad.

As has been reported over the last couple of weeks, Lunt appears to have narrowed his decision down to Louisville or Illinois. The latter is closer to home, but he will have to sit out the 2013 season regardless of where he chooses to enroll. That announcement should happen next week.
Fri, May 31, 2013 12:32:00 PM

Former Oklahoma State sophomore QB Wes Lunt will visit Louisville on Tuesday.

The visit was initially reported last week, but an official date is now in place. Louisville makes sense as a destination, since current starting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater will likely jump to the NFL after the 2013 season. Lunt will have to sit out the upcoming college football season.
Sun, May 26, 2013 06:09:00 PM

ESPN's Joe Schad notes not to be surprised if former Oklahoma State sophomore QB Wes Lunt and Notre Dame reconnect after Everett Golson's departure.

Lunt is visiting Louisville on Tuesday and has been linked to Illinois in the last few weeks. Oklahoma State blocked several schools and conferences, but initial reports did not list Notre Dame among those programs. Lunt would have to sit out the 2013 season, however, due to NCAA regulations.
Sun, May 26, 2013 11:55:00 AM

Former Oklahoma State sophomore QB Wes Lunt will visit Louisville early next week.

Jeremy Rauch of ABC 20 in Illinois notes that there has been no word on if Lunt will appeal any "blocked" schools, including ones in the Big 12, SEC, and Pac-12, along with Southern Miss and Central Michigan. Louisville and Illinois appear to be the favorites at this time.
Thu, May 23, 2013 10:36:00 AM

ESPN's Joe Schad reports former Oklahoma State sophomore QB Wes Lunt visited Illinois late last week and "is sincerely considering transferring there."

"Lunt is considering Illinois because he grew up an Illini fan and he believes the spread offense operated by offensive coordinator Bill Cubit is a good fit," Schad writes. Reports surfaced last week that Oklahoma State has blocked Lunt from transferring to Big 12 and SEC schools, along with Southern Miss. Schad adds that the Pac-12 and Central Michigan are also prohibited.
Source: ESPN
Mon, May 20, 2013 01:11:00 PM