Illinois football’s Lunt selected for East-West Shrine game


Austin Yattoni

Illinois quarterback Wes Lunt (12) scrambles out of the pocket during the game against Purdue at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, October 8. The Illini lost 34-31.

By The Daily Illini sports staff

Illinois football’s Wes Lunt accepted an invitation to play in the East-West Shrine Game.

The senior quarterback finished his Illini career Nov. 26 with a loss against Northwestern.

During Lunt’s time, the Illinois football program went through a tumultuous period.

He had three different head coaches, two different offensive coordinators and two different athletic directors, along with an interim athletic director.

He spent over a month on the sidelines with a leg injury during the 2014 season. Then he missed over another month this season with a back injury.

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He played in eight games and threw for 1,376 yards, eight touchdowns and three interceptions in the 2016 season. Lunt ranks seventh in passing yards (5,900) and completions (550), and he ranks eighth in touchdowns (36).

Five Illini were selected to the East-West Shrine Game last year — Geronimo Allison, V’Angelo Bentley, Clayton Fejedelem, Josh Ferguson and Ted Karras. All five were signed by NFL teams. Two were drafted and four are on current rosters.

The 92nd annual game will be held Jan. 21 in St. Petersburg, Florida and will be broadcast on NFL Network.

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