Wes Lunt finally makes a decision, picks Illinois
Former Oklahoma State quarterback Wes Lunt decided earlier this afternoon that he will transfer to Illinois, giving Beckman and the Fighting Illini the most coveted transfer of the 2012-13 offseason.
It also gives fans something to look forward to once senior QB Nathan Scheelhaase departs and the upcoming season comes to an end, as neither are looking too promising following a dreadful 2-10 record last fall.
Without taking a snap, Lunt is already the best quarterback to come through Champaign since the Kurt Kittner era over a decade ago. A true Pro-Style pocket passer, he has the accuracy and arm strength to revive a Illini passing game that hasn't surpassed 2,400 yards in over four years.
He'll need some help around him—hopefully his arrival will bring interest to quality recruits—but there's no doubt that Lunt will bring some immediate experience, swagger and stability to the position and slowly drag Illinois from the depths of the Big Ten's desolate basement.
Lunt announced that he was transferring from Oklahoma State in May, and took the last month to decide between Illinois and Louisville (thanks to restrictions placed on him by Cowboys coach Mike Gundy). Illinois' campus is just 90 minutes from his hometown in Rochester, Ill.
In six appearances as a true freshman—including four starts—Lunt completed 61.8 percent of his passes for 1,108 yards (8.5 per attempt), six touchdowns and seven interceptions.
He's not eligible for the 2013 season per NCAA transfer rules, but will have three years of eligibility beginning in 2014.
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