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Former Oklahoma State QB Wes Lunt Picks Illinois Over Louisville

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Christian Petersen

Former Oklahoma State Cowboys quarterback Wes Lunt has chosen to transfer to Illinois instead of Louisville, according to Zach Kerker.

The highly sought-after Lunt was the No. 7 quarterback in the class of 2012, and was named the Cowboys' starting QB in the spring of what should have been his senior year of high school (he enrolled early at OK State). He started five games for Mike Gundy's team, but injuries to his head and leg forced him to the sidelines for much of his freshman season. Despite throwing for for 1,108 yards and six touchdowns, Gundy hinted that Lunt would not be the starter in 2013, news which prompted this transfer.

The transfer also made headlines for the number of schools which Gundy has prevented Lunt from transferring to. It's a list which left Illinois and Louisville as the only real competitors to land the former four-star prospect.

One of Lunt's biggest problems during his freshman season was widely reported to be home sickness. That fact and his familiarity with the Illinois staff left most people to believe that the Fighting Illini were the heavy favorite to land the services of the Rochester (IL) native for the start.

Lunt likely would have been the early favorite to replace Teddy Bridgewater (assuming he leaves after this season) as Louisville's starting quarterback in 2014. That being the case, obviously this is a bummer. A fairly expected bummer, but a bummer nonetheless.

That's two losses in three days, which feels like about five times as many (math) as we incurred over the previous eight months.

I don't like it.