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Todd Monken ‘hopeful,’ but realistic, about Wes Lunt’s chances to start against Iowa State

by Gina Mizell Published: October 17, 2012

Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Todd Monken continues to be encouraged by starting quarterback Wes Lunt’s recovery from a left knee injury.

Lunt obviously suited up and was “available” to play if needed against Kansas, according coach Mike Gundy. Monken added Monday that Lunt has resumed running with the team in practice.

But Monken also pointed out that just because Lunt’s health has returned does not mean he will be ready to play Saturday against Iowa State.

Lunt is still a true freshman. He hasn’t taken a snap in a game in more than a month. He perfected his accuracy by being the No. 1 guy during summer workouts and fall camp and the first three weeks of the regular season.

That sharpness won’t just immediately come back.

“I wouldn’t say we’re back to square one, but he hasn’t been throwing to receivers,” Monken said. “So we’ll see how it goes during the week.”

“…It’s different if it’s Brandon Weeden who tweaked his ankle and he’s played 20-something games and is 20-something years old. We’re talking about both guys (Lunt and J.W. Walsh) — one’s started two games and one’s started (three). It’s not like either of them have played. They both need the reps…that’s the tough part.”

And it’s not like the coaching staff can build and install the exact same game plan for Lunt, a pocket passer, and Walsh, a mobile quarterback. Or two separate game plans.

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by Gina Mizell
OSU Sports Reporter
Gina Mizell joined The Oklahoman in August of 2011 as the Oklahoma State beat writer, where she covered the Cowboys' historic run to the Big 12 championship and Fiesta Bowl in her first season on the job. Before arriving in Stillwater, Gina was...
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