In this edition of the Writing Illini roundtable, the staff takes a look at the offseason quarterback battle for the Illinois Fighting Illini. The staff begs to ask the question: who should be the starting quarterback for Illinois in 2014?
Ricky: I’d love to say Aaron Bailey should be the starter, but I’m going to say Wes Lunt should be the starting quarterback for the Fighting Illini in 2014. In his freshman season at Oklahoma State, Lunt was able to throw for over 1,000 yards and six touchdowns in just five games. His only question mark for me is: Will he be able to stay healthy? I think Lunt should be able to avoid the injury bug in the Cubit system. With his potential to be great, it’s a no brainer that Lunt should start for Illinois.
Ryan: It’s not a matter of who should be the starting quarterback as much as it’s a matter of who will be the starting quarterback when the Illini take the field this fall. The bottom line here is that barring injury in preseason camp, Wes Lunt will be handed the reins. What he does statistically once he has them is anyone’s guess, but history shows that pocket passers excel in Cubit’s offense, and Lunt is the prototype pocket passer.
I look for Wes to achieve massive things before his time in Champaign-Urbana is up provided he stays healthy and Cubit sticks around to guide him throughout his time in the Orange and Blue.
Austin: I am not set on one guy yet, but right now I have to give my hope to Wes Lunt. Sure, his spring game was not the best, but there is no denying the guy has some talent. Look at what he was able to do at Oklahoma State, and you can not deny the guy has immense talent. That said, if we can find ways to get Reilly O’Toole and Aaron Bailey involved as well, that will only be a bonus for this team. No matter who is under center this season, I fully expect to see this team playing in a bowl game this year with seven wins.
The Writing Illini staff includes lead editor Ricky Widmer, co-editor Ryan Kraemer, and staff writer, Austin Jabs.