Lunt aiming to cement himself as starter

Published 08/04 2014 09:54PM

Updated 08/04 2014 10:44PM

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Tim Beckman isn't tipping his hand yet, but Wes Lunt appears to open camp as the favorite to land the starting job.  The Oklahoma State transfer is coming off a solid spring and summer, and he couldn't wait to get on the field Monday knowing what's ahead.

"It was fun," Lunt said.  "We got to fly around.  I was excited, and the offense played pretty well."

Lunt played with many of the "ones" - or likely starters - Monday.  He is trying to build chemistry with his receivers and offensive line as quickly as possible.

"It's good to get with the people you're going to be playing with on Saturdays," said Lunt.  It's early in day camp.  You never know who you're going to be playing with on August 30th."

Lunt says he came to Illinois at 210 pounds.  Now at the start of camp he is up to 225 pounds and continues to earn praise from his teammates and coaches.

"Wes is a great talent," said defensive back V'Angelo Bentley, who goes up against Lunt often in practice.  "He makes you work.  Every time you have to stay on your game when you're facing him."

Offensive coordinator Bill Cubit has worked with a lot of talented quarterbacks during his coaching career, especially during his time at Western Michigan.  He says Lunt may be one of the best he has ever coached.

"[He's] really good," Cubit said when asked where Lunt ranks among his top pupils.  "He's got to be in that short list wit his ability and his command and willingness to learn like a lot of guys I've coached.  I've been really fortunate to work with some great kids and great competitors.  He fits the mold."

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