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Oklahoma State Football: Mike Gundy Names Wes Lunt Starting Quarterback

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 02:  Head coach Mike Gundy of the Oklahoma State Cowboys walks off of the field after Oklahoma State Cowboys won 41-38 against the Stanford Cardinal during the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl on January 2, 2012 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Michael FelderNational CFB Lead WriterApril 26, 2012

Mike Gundy has decided that a true freshman, a kid who should be going to prom in the next week or so, is going to be the man to lead the Oklahoma State Cowboys into the 2012 season.

Wes Lunt, an early enrollee from Rochester, Illinois, was a 4-star high school recruit who won a pair of state championships in high school and completed 73 percent of his passes during his senior season. By itself, the decision is a big one. Other early enrollee quarterbacks, including Notre Dame's prized recruit Gunner Kiel; have not fared nearly as well as Lunt.

Great for the kid, but he will have big shoes to fill as Brandon Weeden and Zac Robinson were both efficient, quality options for the Pokes at the quarterback spot.

As good as this is for Lunt, it is even better for the team. Mike Gundy held true to his word on picking a quarterback after spring ball and that is going to benefit his entire team, Lunt included.

Unlike other schools that enter into the summer season with two, three or four young men vying for the position, at Oklahoma State, the players know who their signal caller will be. The wide receivers know who will be throwing them the ball come fall. The linemen know who they need to learn cadence and snap placement for going into fall. The running backs understand who they will be blocking for and catching screens from in the fall. Even the other quarterbacks know who they have to help prepare to start the game come fall.

There is no doubt at Oklahoma State. While Andrew Hendrix, Everett Golson, Gunner Kiel and Tommy Rees are all trying to get reps with the first team and prove they know the offense better than the other guys, Lunt will be preparing to start the Cowboys' season opener. While Jacoby Brissett and Jeff Driskel are looking to edge one another out in the fall, Wes Lunt will be taking all of the reps with the first team and will be working on getting comfortable for the season.

Coach Gundy has the right idea out in Stillwater; pick a guy, get him prepared, and if it doesn't work,  go with Plan B in the future. Right now his team is preparing to play with one quarterback and that is better for all parties involved. 

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