Saturday's out-patient surgery (he went in at 7:30 p.m. and was home by 4 p.m.) was to put a screw in his right foot to "make sure the bone heals," he said. "The doctors said it was 50-50 it would heal on its own in a cast (without surgery), so we decided to go ahead with the surgery so that it would heal completely."
Lunt is wearing a protective boot following the surgery. He said he will have X-rays every two weeks to determine how the foot is healing.
The Rochester Rockets, the defending Illinois Class 4A state champions, will open fall practice on Aug. 10. The Rockets open the season Aug. 26 at Lincoln High School.
Illinois High School Association rules require football players to participate in at least 12 practices (not counting Sundays) before they are eligible to play in their first game. Thus, Lunt could possibly miss at least the first four games , if not more, of Rochester's nine-game regular season (see complete schedule below).
"The seven-week thing probably won't happen. I plan to be extra cautious and take an extra week or so to make sure that I'm healed completely. I don't want to risk re-injurying it and then will be out even longer, and possibly miss the whole season, and then it may affect me for the rest of my life," said Lunt, who threw for more than 3,000 yards and 30 touchdowns in leading the Rockets to a 14-0 record last season.
"It's going to be tough (on Aug. 10 when practice begins). I'm just going to be sitting there watching. The only returning starters (of offense) this year were me and a receiver, so it was already going to be a bunch of young guys. My job now is to be a leader, and help the young guys as much as I can as a player coach. I plan to be strong for them."
Lunt has kept the OSU coaching staff informed of his status since suffering the injury last week.
"They're happy that my surgery went well. They've had a couple of receivers have the same type of injury and surgery, and they know it really just depends on how the bone heals. They don't want me to step on the field until I'm 100 percent. I agree because I don't want to risk re-injurying it and then missing even more time and possibly my entire senior season," said Lunt, who said the injury occurred when he was box jumps during conditioning drills and landed wrong on his foot.
"I believe it's going to make me a better player."
Rochester Rockets 2011 Schedule
Friday, Aug. 26 at Lincoln
Friday, Sept. 2 at Jacksonville
Friday, Sept. 9 at Jerseyville
Friday, Sept. 16 vs. Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin
Friday, Sept. 23 at Taylorville
Friday, Sept. 30 vs. Springfield
Friday, Oct. 7 vs. Springfield Lanphier
Friday, Oct. 14 at Chatham Glenwood
Friday, Oct. 21 vs. Springfield Southeast
Friday, Oct. 28 in first-round of playoffs