Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy says he'll turn to an 18-year-old true freshman as the starting quarterback as the spring season comes to a close.
Wes Lunt, who should be attending classes at Rochester (IL) High School, has earned the job over junior Clint Chelf and redshirt freshman J.W. Walsh.
"We had to make a decision based on what we thought was best for our offense to score points and then give us the best chance to win football games," Gundy said. "All three players had good springs, but at some point, the decision is made on the field. There's always a comment about who coaches are going to name as the starter at any position, but the coaches usually don't make that decision - the decision is made by the players. Wes performed better than the other two quarterbacks in the spring."
Lunt graduated early and enrolled at Oklahoma State in January. He got the news Thursday morning from offensive coordinator Todd Monken.
"I'm overwhelmed. It's such a humbling experience," Lunt said. "Coming in early, I knew I had a chance to compete for the job and to get it is just overwhelming."
There is still the summer to go through, but if Lunt remains the starter when the season begins in September, he'll be the first true freshman to start a season opener since at least 1950.