Week 6 was a painful for two Big Ten starters, as Illinois quarterback Wes Lunt fractured his leg (out 4 to 6 weeks) and Michigan running back Derrick Green broke his clavicle (out for season). Bad news today. #Illini QB Wes Lunt expected to miss 4-6 weeks with leg fracture. Details: http://t.co/GaYjqyhgV9 pic.twitter.com/8gOVGEFM3X — Illinois Football (@IlliniFootball) October 5, 2014 Hoke: Derrick Green will miss the rest of the season with a broken clavicle. — Michigan Football (@umichfootball) October 6, 2014
The word came down officially before kickoff but Illinois will start quarterback Reilly O’Toole over Wes Lunt in tonight’s game against No. 21 Nebraska in Lincoln, Nebraska. Lunt is the 6-foot-5, 225-pound sophomore transfer from Oklahoma State is throwing for 309 yards per game to rank second in the Big Ten and 14th nationally. He’s completed 66 percent of his attempts, and his 11 touchdown passes are most in the conference. Lunt was named the Big Ten’s offensive player of the week on Sept. 8. O’Toole has played in 24 career games throwing for 1,024 yards while completing 69 percent
The Big Ten announced its Week 2 players of the week on Monday. See all the honorees and watch select video highlights in this post.
Illinois coach Tim Beckman announced Wednesday on BTN Live that Wes Lunt will be the starting quarterback for the Fighting Illini. The full interview with Beckman can be seen on tonight’s edition of BTN Live at 6 p.m. ET. Lunt won a three-way battle to replace Nathan Scheelhaase, beating out senior Reilly O’Toole and sophomore Aaron Bailey. Lunt is a 6-5, 215-pound sophomore who sat out last season after transferring from Oklahoma State. Lunt widely was considered to be the leading contender to win the job. He has a strong arm and advanced pocket presence. Lunt also is a good
Kickoff is fast approaching. To help count down the days to Aug. 28, the BTN.com team is discussing one topic every day. Think of it as our countdown to kickoff. Today’s topic: West top newcomer? See Tom Dienhart, Sean Merriman and Brent Yarina’s picks in this post. See our other 2014 predictions: Tom Dienhart: Berkley Edwards, RB, Minnesota. The Golden Gophers need an explosive element in their offense. Edwards may be the answer to Goldy’s prayers. The younger brother of ex-Michigan star WR Braylon Edwards, Berkley redshirted last season. Sean Merriman: Wes Lunt, QB, Illinois. How often do you hear