CHAMPAIGN -- It only took about a minute to notice - the 2014 Fighting Illini are bigger.
That comes with depth, which breeds competition, and might make a player stay on the weights just that much longer.
That appears to be the case for sophomore QB Wes Lunt, who - despite the belief of many that he'll win the starting job - is in a three-man competition.
"I feel better physically," said Lunt, who transferred from Oklahoma State in June on 2013. He's waited through a sit-out year, and will be eligible to play for the first time since he last took an in-game snap, on November 3, 2012.
Already referred to as a "prototypical quarterback," Lunt pumped up even more in the months since the spring practice season, and is now listed at 6'5", 225 pounds.
"I think he's like 228 now," said offensive coordinator Bill Cubit. "I think he gained about 15 pounds since he's been here."
Sophomore QB Aaron Bailey (6'2", 225) and senior Reilly O'Toole (6'4", 220) aren't exactly shrimps either. Lunt said that's a testament to the offseason program.
"The strength staff has done a great job, not just with me, but the whole team this summer," said Lunt. " We've work really hard, and I think it shows."