“I didn’t talk to him about how that conversation went,” Leonard said. “Other than that, that’s all I knew. He just told me he was going to call Coach and talk to him. I don’t know if he was 100 percent sure (he was going to transfer). But I know at that time, he thought that was coming, that it would be best for him.
“But he was going to talk to Coach Gundy and see what he had to say. After that, obviously what’s happened has happened now.”
Leonard said he couldn’t pinpoint any specific reasons — such as the quarterback derby or a desire to play for a school closer to home — for Lunt’s transfer. But he did admit that former offensive coordinator Todd Monken, Lunt’s primary recruiter, leaving OSU to become the head coach at Southern Miss “didn’t help.”
“I know he really enjoyed it (at OSU),” Leonard said. “He had friends. He really did like it. I don’t think anybody did anything wrong. I just think, for his future, he thought this was the best thing for him going forward.”
Lunt seemed upbeat about his up-and-down first season while speaking publicly to the media for the first time during the spring, calling it all a roller coaster but a valuable learning experience. He also said then he would be willing to redshirt if he did not win the starting job for 2013.
“It was a lot, but it was a great learning tool for my future,” Lunt said then. “ … You just learn a lot about yourself and how you handle adversity, physical and emotional. And you learn the coaches are here to help, and so are the players. It's a family.”
So now Chelf and Walsh will compete for OSU's starting job in fall camp, with Daxx Garman, who transferred from Arizona last spring, entering the fold as the likely candidate to take the No. 3 job.
Meanwhile, Lunt will sit out and redshirt 2013 at the school that becomes his transfer destination.