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Doc 5: Best QB transfers that didn't play in 2013 -- No. 2 Wes Lunt

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This offseason we will count down various topics from Monday through Friday, bringing you the top five of the important and definitely some not so important issues in college football. It's the Doc Five, every week until we will thankfully have actual games to discuss.



It took awhile to convince Wes Lunt to come home to his home state of Illinois, but after Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy put restrictions on Lunt’s transfer, the choice became easy.

Lunt, who became Oklahoma State’s high-profile freshman starter in 2012, quickly fell out of favor with the Cowboys' coaching staff after a knee injury. As he watched Clint Chelf take his starting spot, Lunt felt it was time for a change. His initial thought was to transfer to an SEC school, but Gundy restricted Lunt’s transfer and eventually Lunt was sold on Illinois and offensive coordinator Bill Cubit.

When Lunt got to Illinois in 2013, the passing game was in shambles. But it improved significantly in Cubit’s first season and, after a year of learning on the scout team, Lunt is ready to take it even further.

Illinois was 4-8 last season with just one Big Ten win, but it improved offensively from 119th in total offense with 296.7 yards per game in 2012 to 46th with 426.7 yards per game, and those numbers could improve even more with Lunt’s experience and skill.

While the popular theory is that Lunt will be the starter, he’s going to get a solid challenge from Reilly O’Toole and Aaron Bailey. But Lunt has the experience to continue Illinois’ offensive progression. In his limited time with Oklahoma State, Lunt passed for 1,108 yards, six touchdowns and seven interceptions.

Through a week of spring football, Illinois has split reps between its three quarterbacks, but Cubit said that would change next week and that reps will start to shift to the quarterback playing the best. Then, perhaps, we’ll know how Lunt fits in with his new school.

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