Lunt's Steady Learning

Transfer quarterback Wes Lunt has to sit out this season -- but he's practicing with a purpose.

As Illinois' latest addition in the quarterback room, Wes Lunt is still learning the Illinois way.

He can't play this season due to NCAA transfer rules, but Lunt was on the practice field Monday morning taking part in drills and keeping close to offensive coordinator Bill Cubit.

"Wes didn't get a whole bunch of reps, but Wes is out here learning the system," Illini coach Tim Beckman said.

The 6-foot-5, 210-pound sophomore was quite the catch for Beckman and Cubit this offseason after deciding to leave Oklahoma State. He made five starts as a true freshman in 2012, with injuries costing him his starting job. He finished with 1,108 yards passing, six touchdowns and seven interceptions.

"I came in in July and everyone was very helpful with me," Lunt said. "Nathan (Scheelhaase) and Reilly (O'Toole) and Chase (Haslett) helped me with the offense. It went smooth."

While Lunt can't help the Illini in 2013, Cubit said his arrival is a positive indicator.

"Glad he's here. He can play," Cubit said. "One of the things I thought this offense would bring is some quality QBs here because they want to play in this style.

"I think we've got four guys out there that look the part and are going to do nice things."

Scheelhaase is the current starter, with O'Toole and freshman Aaron Bailey competing for the gig.

With all that going on in the current scheme of things, Lunt is preparing for next season.

"I want to be the best scout team player I can be and help the defense get better everyday," Lunt said.

"It's good to have Wes here because of the type of kid Wes is and what he brings to the table, more than just what he brings as a football player," Beckman said.

Quarterback Wes Lunt watches as OC Bill Cubit instructs players through a drill.

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