Tennessee and Vanderbilt are among the potential destinations for former Oklahoma State quarterback Wes Lunt according to ESPN’s Joe Schad after he announced last week his intentions to transfer for a variety of reasons from Mike Gundy’s program.
The Volunteers signed two freshmen quarterbacks in this past winter’s recruiting class including highly regarded Josh Dobbs who may be the team’s starting quarterback as well as the confident Riley Ferguson. The two join Justin Worley and Nathan Peterman in a four-man quarterback battle to replace Tyler Bray.
Lunt will need to sit out this season as a result of transfer rules, and he has three years of eligibility remaining. However, without the ability to contribute to the Volunteers this season when they need him the most, I believe Tennessee is not a good fit Lunt. If Tennessee added him, that would essentially end the careers of Dobbs and Ferguson before it even got underway, and that’s just not going to happen.
James Franklin’s team at Vanderbilt is in a similar position as their in-state rivals having to replace a starting quarterback. Jordan Rodgers started for the Commodores the past two seasons who will turn to Austyn Carta-Samuels who has starting experience dating back to his time at Wyoming. But for the same reason he doesn’t fit at Tennessee, Lunt doesn’t make sense at Vanderbilt either.
Vanderbilt has two young and promising signal-callers in Patton Robinette and Johnny McCrary to succeed Carta-Samuels as early as this year should he struggle, and they can’t give up on them for an injury-prone Lunt.
If Lunt were eligible to compete this fall, then both of these programs would make some sense considering both Butch Jones and Franklin recruited him out of high school. But he isn’t, and it doesn’t make sense based on the current depth charts for each respective team.
I still maintain that the best place for Lunt is to reunite with his former offensive coordinator at Oklahoma State and follow Todd Monken to Southern Miss.