After a year at Oklahoma State, Wes Lunt is headed home after transferring to play for the Illinois football program. It's a move that makes sense for both parties, and it'll serve them well in the years to come.
Zach Kerker of Channel1450.com first broke the news about Lunt's transfer, and ESPN's Joe Schad confirmed the report:
BREAKING: Wes Lunt will transfer to the University of Illinois.— Zach Kerker (@ZachKerker) June 17, 2013
Former Oklahoma State QB Wes Lunt will attend Illinois per source— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) June 17, 2013
Per NCAA transfer rules, Lunt will sit out the 2013 season, but the incoming sophomore will still have three years of eligibility left beginning in 2014.
Lunt proved to be a terrific pocket passer during his time at Rochester High School in Illinois. In his junior and senior seasons, Lunt threw for 5,588 yards with 59 touchdowns and just eight interceptions.
After enrolling at Oklahoma State, Lunt quickly impressed the program's coaching staff and earned the starting gig as a true freshman.
He performed admirably in that capacity in 2012 for the first handful of games, completing 61.8 percent of his passes for 1,108 yards with six touchdowns and seven interceptions. Unfortunately, injuries to his leg and head sidelined him for the remainder of the season.
Lunt made the decision to transfer after realizing he was in the midst of a quarterback competition at Oklahoma state. According to one of Schad's sources, "Lunt would have liked more communication about where the quarterback competition stood while he was at Oklahoma State."
Oklahoma State's loss is Illinois' gain, however, as the Fighting Illini are in need of a quarterback that can carry the program in the next few years.
The team was completely incapable of producing any consistent offense last year.
Out of 120 total teams ranked, Illinois ranked No. 119 in total offense with just 296.67 total yards per game, per NCAA.com. As a result, Illinois also featured one of the most anemic scoring offenses in the nation, averaging just 16.67 points per game—also the No. 119th ranked unit of 120.
For Lunt, it's a chance to move back closer to home, as he grew up just 90 minutes from Champaign.
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Also working in Lunt's favor is the fact that he'll undoubtedly be the No. 1 quarterback for the Fighting Illini in 2014.
Provided he stays healthy and impresses head coach Tim Beckman and his coaching staff in the same way he did as a freshman at Oklahoma State, Lunt will be starting from Day 1 of the 2014 season.
Both parties win in this arrangement. Illinois finally has an answer to its lack of offensive production, and Lunt will play for a team that desperately needs him.
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