The Essential List: Wes Lunt

A look at Wes Lunt -- one of a select group of players essential to the Illinois cause heading in to spring drills.

Wes Lunt - Quarterback - 6-5, 215, Redshirt Sophomore

The Word: All season long, everybody around the Illinois program spoke about the scout team quarterback torching the first-team defense. That guy was Lunt, sitting out due to transfer rules after starting as a true freshman at Oklahoma State. He enters spring as the favorite to win the starting job and is also a major reason for fans to reasonably believe a trip to a bowl game is possible.

2013: Sat out due to transfer. Threw for 1,108 yards, six touchdowns and seven interceptions in six games as a true freshman at Oklahoma State in 2012.

Expectation: It's hard to not get hyped about Lunt. Nathan Scheelhaase was a tremendous person and leader, which is, of course, extremely valuable aspects of the quarterback position. He didn't possess the physical tools Lunt has, though. He's got the prototypical body and carries himself like the No.1 guy in the locker room. If Cubit could do what he did with Scheelhaase, what can he do with Lunt? I know he has to beat out Aaron Bailey for the job, and that's going to be fun to track as well. But like I said — it's hard to temper the hype for Lunt.

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