CHAMPAIGN-- Illinois Sophomore Quarterback Wes Lunt is expected to start this Saturday against Iowa, as the two programs meet for the first time since 2008. Illinois Head Coach Tim Beckman says Lunt returned to practice during the Bye week and looked sharp.
"He had a great week, he threw the ball very well," Beckman said. "I'm a firm believer that an injury can't take your starting position."
Lunt has missed the team's last three games with a fractured fibula. The Rochester native says he's excited to return to action.
"I feel good, I'm getting better every day," Lunt said. "...Being out there with everybody, going to war with your brothers, I think that's the biggest thing I missed."
At the time of his injury, Lunt ranked in the top 20 in the nation in completions per game (25.4, 10th), passing yards per game (313.8, 14th), passing touchdowns (13, 17th), passing yards (1,569, 18th), completion percentage (66.5, 20th) and passing efficiency (154.8, 20th), and was tied for fourth in FBS with 14 passing plays of 30+ yards.