Impact Freshman - Wes Lunt

In sifting through the recruiting classes of each Big 12 school in search of their impact freshmen recruits, perhaps the least complicated choice is that at Oklahoma State.

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After all, how often is it that a true freshman quarterback beats out two veteran backups for the starting job - and does it during the spring as an early enrollee?

That's Wes Lunt. A three-star prospect from Rochester (IL) High School, Lunt beat out 2011 backup Clint Chelf and highly-touted redshirt freshman J.W. Walsh for the title of QB one with an outstanding spring performance.

"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," Cowboys head coach Mike Gundy said in a late April announcement. "All three players had good springs, but at some point, the decision is made on the field. There's always a comment about who coaches are going to name as the starter at any position, but the coaches usually don't make that decision - the decision is made by the players. Wes performed better than the other two quarterbacks in the spring."

He had the advantage of playing in a system extremely similar to that utilized by Oklahoma State in high school; an advantage amplified by his 6-foot-4 frame and extremely accurate arm. As a senior, he threw for 3,650 yards and 31 touchdowns with only four interceptions.

The Cowboys offense has operated at such an unbelievable level during the past few seasons, that it would be difficult for anyone to reproduce what his predecessors have done. That Gundy has such confidence in him speaks volumes, however, and it will be interesting to see how Lunt adapts to the rigors of a brutal Big 12 schedule. Top Stories