Oklahoma State QB Wes Lunt Transfer is Case of Having Too Much Talent

Lisa Horne@LisaHornePac-12 and Big 12 Lead WriterMay 10, 2013

Quarterback Wes Lunt is leaving Oklahoma State.

Lunt didn't cite a specific reason for his impending transfer, according to ESPN's David Ubben.

"This was not a decision I took lightly, but it is a decision that I felt was right for me," Lunt said in a release. "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."

Lunt was recruited by offensive coordinator Todd Monken, a fellow Illinoisan, but Monken took the head coaching job at Southern Mississippi last December. Lunt started five games last season but was hampered by injuries, which gave J.W. Walsh and Clint Chelf opportunities to start at quarterback.

Chelf finished the 2012 season with a 58-14 winning performance against Purdue in the Heart of Dallas Bowl. He went 17-of-22 for 197 yards and three touchdowns. 

Head coach Mike Gundy has flip flopped in the past month on who would be the Cowboys' starting quarterback. In early April, Gundy said that Chelf was the starter, according to The Oklahoman

Chelf is our starter. He takes all the reps with the (first team) right now. Those guys (J.W. Walsh and Wes Lunt) compete out there, but I don't necessarily feel like there's a battle out there to start in the first game.

Two weeks later, according to the same Oklahoman report, Gundy softened his stance.

There's no question that Clint would be the guy that's the front-runner at this point. I don't see any reason to not mention that. But we haven't established who would be a starter for any particular reason.

On April 20, Gundy said he wasn't going to discuss which quarterback would start the Cowboys' season opener against Mississippi State. According to the AP's Jeff Latzke, there was a reason for that.

I don't think there's any doubt that we would prefer that they not know exactly what to work on. They're going to have all of our video, and we get theirs. There's no secrets there. But it's better for us if people don't really know exactly what we're doing, and it does make a difference in who we open with. There's no question about that.

That makes sense since each quarterback has a different style. Lunt is a pocket passer, while Walsh is comfortable running in short-yardage packages. Mississippi State defensive coordinator Geoff Collins would certainly benefit by knowing which quarterback his defense would be facing on August 30. 

Because Chelf finished last season so strongly, he came into spring as the front-runner. Gundy validated that through his comments, so Lunt knew he wasn't going to be starting against Mississippi State on August 30. 

It's not surprising that Lunt is transferring. Lunt is a true sophomore, so sitting out this year—if he transfers to another FBS school—is equivalent to taking a redshirt. He'll still have three years of eligibility. 

Most head coaches would love to have Gundy's problem. He had three quarterbacks with starting experience. Three quarterbacks who threw more than 1,100 yards. Three quarterbacks who played in high-profile games. 

He had too much talent at one spot.

A quarterback transfer was inevitable, but Gundy still has quarterbacks with starting experience at his disposal. Last year, Gundy needed three quarterbacks. This year, Oklahoma State will have to make do with two.

And one team will benefit from Gundy's abundance of talent.