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Tennessee Should Push for Former Oklahoma State QB Wes Lunt

Barrett SalleeSEC Football Lead WriterMay 13, 2013

Every offseason, there's a hot transfer quarterback on the market, and the 2013 offseason is no different.

Wes Lunt, the man who won the battle to replace Brandon Weeden as a true freshman last season at Oklahoma State, decided to transfer, according to the university.

ESPN's Joe Schad reported on Monday that a couple of SEC schools could get visits from the former Rivals.com 4-star quarterback:

Former Oklahoma State QB Wes Lunt is considering Southern Miss, Illinois, Louisville, Tennessee and Vanderbilt.

— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) May 13, 2013

Tennessee should push hard for Lunt's services.

He completed 61.8 percent of his passes (81-of-131) for 1,108 yards, six touchdowns and seven interceptions last season, battling through injuries and for playing time against fellow freshman J.W. Walsh and junior Clint Chelf.

Inconsistent? Sure. But he was a true freshman, albeit a true freshman who enrolled early.

Neither Nathan Peterman nor Justin Worley grabbed hold of the quarterback spot on Rocky Top exiting spring practice, which means that it's worth taking the risk with Lunt.

If Lunt transfers to a Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) school, he won't be eligible until 2014, but three years of Lunt starting in 2014 would be a big plus for the Vols—especially if Worley, a junior, ultimately wins the starting job this season.

That would give Lunt a year to get acquainted to Tennessee, learn the system and then hit the ground running in a battle with Worley as a senior.

It'd be all upside for the Vols. They'd be bringing in a quarterback with pro-style experience in a spread system similar to the one that Butch Jones and first-year offensive coordinator Mike Bajakian run.

Sure, incoming freshmen Joshua Dobbs and Riley Ferguson might not approve, but competition breeds success. 

Jones better push hard for Lunt, because his presence on the roster would be a huge benefit for the program. After all, having options at quarterback is never a bad thing.

 

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