Lunt's Departure Is A Big Surprise

Wes Lunt

Shortly after 5 p.m. my cell phone started doing the mariachi and didn't stop for almost an hour with some of it induced by the owner. The news of Oklahoma State sophomore-to-be quarterback Wes Lunt's decision to transfer from the Cowboys squad left me and every other media member that covers Oklahoma State scurrying for more to the story.

On the surface here was what was in the Oklahoma State release:

"We appreciate Wes and we thank him for everything he has done," head coach Mike Gundy said in the release. "He's leaving on good terms and is making this decision based on what he thinks is best for his future."

We tried Gundy twice on his cell phone and the head coach was not answering the phone.

We also tried Wes Lunt's his cell phone, his father's cell phone, and we called Rochester High School head coach Derek Leonard on his cell. None of those calls were answered, so we'll guess they were aware of when the story was being released and that there would be plenty of inquiries coming down the line.

Lunt did have this comment in the release. "This was not a decision I took lightly, but it is a decision that I felt was right for me," Lunt expressed. "I would like to express my sincerest gratitude to the entire Oklahoma State University community. Specifically, I would like to thank the coaches, players, and the whole OSU football family. I wish the Cowboys the best of luck in the future."

A year ago Lunt was home after learning that in one semester he had earned the starting quarterback job and would be the player to succeed NFL first-round draft choice Brandon Weeden as the Cowboys starting quarterback.

Lunt came out and completed every pass he threw in the laugher opener against Savannah State. But the next week proved his arm Division I caliber with a 37-of-60 passing performance against Arizona for a freshman record 436 yards with four touchdowns and three interceptions, although two of the interceptions clearly were not his fault.

The next week against Louisiana, Lunt suffered a sprained ankle and dislocated petella on the sixth play of the game. He would sit out until returning to start the TCU game where he led the Cowboys to a win by throwing for 324 yards and a touchdown.

Against Kansas State in the next week, Lunt suffered a concussion at some point in a third quarter possession and would only play a series in the bowl game the rest of the campaign.

Lunt finished his freshman season by completing 81-of-131 passes for 1,108 yards with six touchdowns and seven interceptions.

This spring he was impressive in several of the scrimmages and appeared to be well in the mix for the starting quarterback role.

While there were no additional comments coming from coaches, staff, or Lunt and his family, one Cowboys teammate said it was a complete surprise.

"I just heard about it and it was a complete surprise," he said. "I had no idea he was even thinking about it. He hid it well and I'm thinking that it was just something that hit him."

Several staff members confirmed the same opinion. They said they had no idea about it and that the possibility of Lunt transferring or that he was even thinking of leaving was never discussed. It truly was something that came out of the sky.

Lunt has only played the one season of college football after coming out of Rochester, Ill. He has three years of eligibility remaining and he has his redshirt season, so he could opt to sit out at a new school or he could still play by either attending a junior college for one season or transferring down to NCAA FCS or below.

Lunt's girlfriend in high school attended Missouri and there is always that possbility as Missouri is now a member of the SEC and not the Big 12 where a transfer rule of an extra year penalty exists when a player transfers to a school within the conference.

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