“I haven't seen him in six weeks, eight weeks,” Gundy said. “I'm in and out of the office, and those guys are down in the bottom level training and throwing and going through strength and conditioning.
“I know he's been in the room studying tape, but I haven't really spent a lot of time around him. We're not allowed to. So I'm looking forward to getting somewhat reacquainted with him the first weeks in August.”
It's the players who have seen plenty of Lunt — and the reviews are largely positive.
Taylor called Lunt a quiet guy, but one who leads by example, rarely makes a mistake and is clearly getting more comfortable in the Cowboys' offensive system.
Randle went even further in describing how Lunt has performed during 7-on-7 play.
“I'm not trying to say nothing, but it looks very similar to how it looked last year (with Weeden),” Randle said. “That's what I'm trying to tell you. I'm not trying to boost him up or nothing, but it looks really similar to how it looked last year.
“He's been able to run the offense, get the plays in, all the different things that you wouldn't think a guy of his age could do. That's why the coaches were comfortable enough with him to put him in there.”
Gundy expects Lunt to dramatically improve when he gets 75 percent of the reps during fall camp. And the coach also has not completely shut out J.W. Walsh, reiterating that building a package for the dual-threat redshirt freshman or getting him involved in the offense in some way is likely in the plans.
Fall camp — and probably a good portion of the 2012 season — will largely be about the transition from a legendary Cowboy quarterback to an 18-year-old newbie. But Lunt already has the support of his teammates.
“He knows that he's got older guys here who have faith in him,” defensive end Cooper Bassett said. “If he does his job, we all have his back. He doesn't have to be a big ‘rah rah' guy. He doesn't have to get us all fired up.
“All he has to do is get in there and do what we need him to do — make plays and lead the offense by example.”