Freshman Lunt gets No. 1 QB designation atOSU
Oklahoma State quarterback Wes Lunt (11) passes during the Cowboys' spring football game April 21. Lunt has been named OSU's starting quarterback. CORY YOUNG/Tulsa World
By BILL HAISTEN World Sports Writer
Published: 4/26/201212:04 PM
Last Modified: 4/26/201212:43 PM
Oklahoma State football coach Mike Gundy has given the No. 1 quarterback designation to Wes Lunt, a first-year freshman from Rochester, Ill.
After leading his high school team to consecutive state championships, Lunt enrolled at Oklahoma State in January. During the spring-practice period, which concluded with last Saturday's scrimmage at Boone Pickens Stadium, the 6-foot-4, 211-pound Lunt competed against returning Cowboy quarterbacks Clint Chelf (a junior) and J.W. Walsh (a redshirt freshman).
In 2011, 28-year-old Brandon Weeden quarterbacked the Cowboys to the Big 12 championship. Lunt is 18.
After discussing the quarterback situation with offensive coordinator Todd Monken, Gundy announced his decision Thursday.
In a university new release, Gundy was quoted as saying, "We had to make a decision based on what we thought was best for our offense to score points and then give us the best chance to win football games. All three (quarterbacks) had good springs, but at some point, the decision is made on the field. . . . Wes performed better than the other two quarterbacks in the spring.”
Lunt also was quoted in the same news release: "I’m overwhelmed. It’s such a humbling experience. Coming in early, I knew I had a chance to compete for the job and to get it is just overwhelming. I know that we’re still going to compete through summer and two-a-days, so it’s not over.”
“I’m a drop-back passer a lot like Brandon Weeden," Lunt added. "I’m not going to kill you with my legs. I’m a passer.”
OSU hasn't had a first-year freshman as a quarterback starter since 1993, when Tone Jones -- a former Booker T. Washington High School star -- started for the Pat Jones-coached Cowboys. The OSU media relations office reports that a first-year freshman has not started at quarterback in a season-opening game since 1950. OSU's 2012 season begins on Sept. 1, when Savannah State visits Stillwater.
After having been recruited also by Illinois, Boston College, Iowa, Michigan State, Wisconsin and Louisville, Lunt announced his Cowboy commitment in June after an unofficial visit to the OSU campus.
During the 2010 and 2011 seasons, Lunt passed for a combined total of more than 6,100 yards while leading the Rochester Rockets to a pair of Illinois Class 4A state titles.
By the midway mark of OSU's spring-practice period, it became apparent that Lunt was the most complete passer in the program.
"He’s tall, he’s very mature, he’s got good arm strength – not great arm strength yet, obviously he’s still a high school player – but there’s a lot of development there," Gundy said. "We like his maturity and we like where he’s at in our offense, essentially still being a high school player."
While Lunt was quoted in a university news release, Gundy's media policy dictates that first-year Cowboy players are not made available for media interviews.
In the news release, Lunt indicated that OSU's spread offense was a prominent reason that he signed with the Cowboys.
"God gave me an ability to throw the ball and I’m just so blessed to be in the situation that I am," Lunt said. "I’m just overwhelmed.”
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