Beckman Names Lunt Starting QB; Big Ten Network Visits Practice
Fighting Illini football vs. Youngstown State from Memorial Stadium - August 30, 2014
Illinois season opener
2013 Sophomore: Sat out season due to NCAA transfer rules.
2012 Freshman (at Oklahoma State): Enrolled early in January 2012 and entered the fall of 2013 atop the depth chart at quarterback ... Made five starts for the Cowboys as a true-freshman, the first three games of the season and two in the middle of the season, before injuries ended both streaks ... Was the first true-freshman QB to start a season-opener at OSU since at least 1950, completing 11-of-11 passes for 123 yards in less than a quarter of play in an 84-0 win over Savannah State ... Followed with a 436-yard, four-TD performance at Arizona in his first road start ... On the season, completed 81-of-131 passes (61.8 percent) for 1,108 yards, six touchdowns and seven interceptions in six games.
High School: Two-time state champion, leading Rochester to Class 4A state titles in 2010 and '11 ... All-state pick by the Chicago Tribune and was the 2011 Champaign News-Gazette state player of the year after throwing for 3,650 yards, 31 touchdowns and just four interceptions despite missing several games early in the season due to injury ... Set a state record with 590 passing yards and four touchdowns in the 2011 state title game at Illinois' Memorial Stadium ... Amassed more than 7,000 passing yards, had 65 touchdown passes and just eight interceptions over his last two seasons at Rochester ... Was a four-star recruit and ranked as No. 7 QB in the nation coming out of high school by Rivals ... Participated in the Semper-Fidelis All-America game ... High school coach was Derek Leonard ... Also lettered in basketball three years ... Member of the high honor roll, Spanish Club and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Personal: Son of Andy and Jane Lunt ... Has one brother and one sister ... Brother, Wil, played quarterback at Western Illinois University from 2009-12 ... Born Oct. 7, 1993 ... Interested in becoming an athletic director after college ... Lists former Illinois basketball All-American Dee Brown as his Fighting Illini hero growing up ... Majoring in recreation, sport and tourism.Updated July 2014