Oklahoma State quarterback Wes Lunt set a Big 12 freshman record with 436 passing yards last week at Arizona. When offensive coordinator Todd Monken was asked what allowed Lunt to be so successful–and why he trusted Lunt to throw 60 passes–he pointed to the things he’s already mentioned several times like Lunt’s accuracy, calm demeanor and rare maturity for an 18-year-old.
But then Monken said it’s also helpful that Lunt likes to figure out puzzles.
“Those are the guys you want, that try to dissect stuff in his mind,” Monken said. “Because he doesn’t say anything. He sits in there and you’re just staring at him like, ‘Are you listening?’ He’s kind of just figuring it all out. And he’s always saying, ‘Yes, sir,’ and I’m cussing at him and he’s still saying, ‘Yes, sir.’
“That’s what we do as coaches, so if you get a guy that’s like that…he’s trying to figure out what they’re doing. He says more things back to me for a young guy that I’ve ever been around. (I ask him) ‘What were you looking at? Why did you go here?’ (He says), ‘Well, the safety moved over here, and you talked about that on Wednesday.’ Wow, that’s pretty good stuff.’”