STILLWATER, Okla. — OSU Head Football Coach Mike Gundy announced true freshman Wes Lunt will be the starting quarterback this season.
“We had to make a decision based on what we thought was best for our offense to score points and then give us the best chance to win football games,” Gundy said.
Lunt, 18, replaces 28-year-old Branden Weeden who is taking part in the NFL Draft in New York Thursday.
Lunt said, “I’m overwhelmed. It’s such a humbling experience. Coming in early I knew I had a chance to compete for the job and to get it is just overwhelming. I know that we’re still going to compete through summer and two-a-days, so it’s not over.”
The teen from Rochester, Ill., beat out junior Clint Chelf and redshirt freshman J.W. Walsh to start in the season opener against Savannah State.
“All three players had good springs, but at some point, the decision is made on the field,” Gundy said. “There’s always a comment about who coaches are going to name as the starter at any position, but the coaches usually don’t make that decision; the decision is made by the players. Wes performed better than the other two quarterbacks in the spring.”