Illinois Fighting Illini head football coach Tim Beckman announced the team’s starting quarterback on Wednesday afternoon.
After a competition ensued between Reilly O’Toole, Aaron Bailey, and Wes Lunt during the Spring to be the Fighting Illini starting quarterback this season, Beckman announced that Lunt would be the starting quarterback for the Fighting Illini this season.
Lunt was the favorite to win the position at the start of Spring and the expectations is that the Oklahoma State transfer could thrive at the position for the Fighting Illini.
The 2014 season is a season of change for the Fighting Illini with Nathan Scheelhasse moving on towards pursuing a professional career.
Beckman and the Fighting Illini coaching staff are confident that Lunt could have success in the team’s offensive scheme. Lunt features a strong arm that will seemingly mesh well with offensive coordinator Bill Cubit’s system. The Fighting Illini, however, are lacking experience wide receivers and that may limit Lunt’s impact this season.
Lunt started five games as a true freshman for Oklahoma State in 2012. With Oklahoma State that season, Lunt completed 81 of 131 pass attempts for 1,108 passing yards with 6 touchdowns and 7 interceptions.
Barring injuries, Lunt likely will be the starting quarterback of the Fighting Illini for the foreseeable future.
The Fighting Illini open the season on August 30 against Youngstown State.