With the news that the three-way battle to become the Oklahoma State Cowboys starting quarterback is now down to two with the recent news of the transfer of sophomore Wes Lunt, the whispers are going to begin about possible destinations for the former highly-touted prospect. But, if we are to speculate, it would certainly make sense for someone with Lunt’s top-tier potential to be considered for a move to the top conference in the country.
As dominant as the SEC is, there are a few programs that have uncertainty at the most important position on the field. Schools that immediately come to mind are places such as the Auburn Tigers, Ole Miss Rebels, and the Arkansas Razorbacks. Those three names have already been thrown around, but again, a lot of that is expected to happen in the days and weeks to follow.
All three of those destinations make a ton of sense for each, given their current situations. However, if an SEC move is in the QB’s future, a move to Arkansas is what stick out to this writer the most.
I would certainly expect Razorbacks head coach Bret Bielema to make a run at the signal-caller. For what he is trying to rebuild down in Fayetteville, Lunt is the perfect quarterback to help him lead that charge. Bielema also has a bit of recent history as far as transfer quarterbacks are concerned. While still the head coach of the Wisconsin Badgers, Bielema used transfers the last two seasons in Russell Wilson in 2011 and Danny O’Brien this past season.
But, Lunt would be a different beast altogether. Not to take anything away from Wilson or O’Brien, particularly Wilson, but Lunt provides all the tools that a successful collegiate-level QB should possess. At 6-4, Lunt stands tall in the pocket and has a strong, accurate arm to go with it. He is perfect for what Bielema is putting together to combat his division rivals, the LSU Tigers and the Alabama Crimson Tide.
In Bielema’s run-oriented offense, this move would also increase Lunt’s chances of on-the-field success. After the signing of five-star running back Alex Collins this past February, the Razorbacks have been expected to have a powerful running game to contend with possibly as early as this season. A strong running game behind him opens up even more possibilities for Lunt to shine. With those hard-hitting defenses focused on the run, Bielema can turn his gun-slinger loose at a moment’s notice.
This will certainly be an interesting process to see play out in the near future. If I were Lunt, I would definitely get a hold of Bielema. I mean, if he can’t grab his phone number immediately, the coaches twitter account certainly isn’t hard to find.