By John Helsley
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Brandon Weeden was caught up in the wild emotions of his big day, which culminated in a celebration of a first round draft selection, the No. 22 pick overall of the Cleveland Browns.
But even Weeden found himself fascinated by the word out ofStillwater, where Wes Lunt – literally still fresh out of high school – was tagged as his successor at quarterback.
Weeden wasn’t stunned, as much as intrigued.
“I can’t say I’m surprised, because I was kind of out of the loop. (Former Cowboy lineman) Andrew Mitchell kept me in the loop, but I mean, from what I was hearing, it was an even race throughout. J.W. would look good. And then Wes. Then Clint. It kind of evened itself out.”
And as we all know now, Lunt pulled ahead.
And with the Cowboys committed to sticking with an offensive approach that earned them their first Big 12 title and a Fiesta Bowl championship, Lunt always figured to be “the guy” at some point.
That point just came earlier than anyone expected. And Mike Gundy and Todd Monken pulled the trigger.
“The kid’s big, with a big arm,” Weeden said. “This offense fits him well. He can sit back and make the throws.”
That being said, Weeden cautions Cowboys fans to be patient.
“It’s tough, he’s still supposed to be in high school,” Weeden said. “I think the expectations don’t need to be through the roof. He’s going to come in, there’s going to be aches and pains. He knows that. They know that. The kid can play. Coach Monken has always said good things about him. And they saw something. And they’re obviously good at evaluating talent.
“What Coach Gundy likes now is a guy who can sit back and throw it. He feels good about that. And (Lunt) obviously did what he could to take the job.”