He didn't want to risk an injury to Lunt. And, at that point, how valuable would those snaps have been? There's no doubt Lunt goes up against much tougher competition in practice, even when he's wearing a green no-contact jersey and there's no live tackling.
“It's not worth it at that point to put him back out there,” Monken said. “And if we are going to put him back out there, with what the score was, he wasn't going to function with what we want to see, anyway.”
Perhaps the lack of playing time for the offensive starters ultimately won't be a major concern, since in its first game Arizona only escaped with a 24-17 overtime win at home against Toledo, a mid-major team with a first-year coach. It appears that the Cowboys' biggest test in that contest will come on defense, as the Wildcats racked up 624 yards of total offense in spread guru Rich Rodriguez's debut in Tucson.
We knew it would be tough to gauge how good this OSU team is after facing a squad as poor as Savannah State.
But did that game help prepare the Cowboy first-team offense at all? We'll find out when they hit the road this weekend.
“Obviously, last year, it wouldn't have been (good preparation),” Monken said. “But this year, it probably was, because we got so many guys to play and we didn't get somebody injured.
“Who can see the future? We could, say, go (this) week and not play like we'd like and say, ‘You know what? Boy…' I don't believe that.”