STILLWATER — During a meeting with reporters at Big 12 Media Days in Dallas last month, one of the first things Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy mentioned about new starting quarterback Wes Lunt was not his arm strength or grasp of the Cowboys' offensive system.
It was Lunt's new weight. The first-year quarterback had gained about 15 pounds of muscle on his 6-foot-4 frame since arriving in January, bulking up to 220 pounds.
“He looks more physical,” Gundy said following the Cowboys' first fall practice earlier this month.
Sure, looking the part of a strong Big 12 quarterback is all fine and good. But Lunt's physical development is a crucial piece of getting the 18-year-old ready for his first season of college football.
He's going to throw more footballs than ever in his life. And he's going to take a ton of hits from defenders that are much bigger than the ones he faced in high school.
How has OSU's strength and conditioning staff gotten Lunt's body ready for the demands?
Head man Rob Glass says it's not all that complex.
“It's just kind of what happens to almost all the kids when they come in the program,” Glass said. “He just had a pretty good frame, so once we got his caloric intake where it needed to be and got him in a good training program, it was really pretty easy.
“I don't want to make it sound that way, but really, part of it is our kids put on weight. The big thing about Wes is as you watch, he's just got a maturity about him and is very businesslike in his approach.”
Gundy and Glass can cite many examples of players who have transformed during their time in Stillwater. Superstar offensive lineman Russell Okung arrived at OSU weighing 240 pounds and left at 300. Wide receiver Hubert Anyiam went from 160 pounds to more than 200.
And the process begins in that first offseason program. Lunt really got the benefit of two sessions, since he also participated in winter workouts before spring practice began.
When Lunt (or any player) first arrived, the strength and conditioning staff measured his body composition — muscle mass versus fat mass — and stature and did a variety of fitness tests. Those coaches also met with him to discuss nutrition and calorie intake.
Glass said Lunt did not have any glaring physical weaknesses or bad habits in his diet. He knew Lunt's frame would start to fill out naturally through workouts.