Sizing up transfer QBs in the Big Ten

Sizing up transfer QBs in the Big Ten

Wes Lunt is transferring from Oklahoma State. This much we know.

And it appears the Rochester product will choose between Illinois and Louisville after Cowboys coach Mike Gundy put severe restrictions on where the quarterback can play his final three seasons of college football.

Lunt isn't eligible to play until the 2014 season.

He'll have to sit out a season, per NCAA transfer rules, but where he winds up is a hot topic for college football fans.

Here's five quarterbacks who transferred into the Big Ten and how they fared.

1. Jeff George
The former Purdue quarterback who came to Illinois after briefly considering Miami thrived in Champaign. He threw for 5,189 yards, 31 touchdowns and 20 interceptions in his two seasons with the Illini and led Illinois to a Citrus Bowl win against Virginia in his final season before getting picked first by the Indianapolis Colts in the 1990 NFL Draft.

2. Russell Wilson
The starter for the Seattle Seahawks who stepped right in Pete Carroll's system to lead the Seahawks to the playoffs in his first season played quite well in his lone season at Wisconsin in 2011. After three seasons at North Carolina State, Wilson threw for 3,175 yards, 33 touchdowns and only four interceptions during his lone season in Madison, completing 73 percent of his passes and leading Wisconsin to the Rose Bowl.

3. Dave Wilson
He produced some historic milestones in his lone year at Illinois. The quarterback from Fullerton (Calif.) College  became the first NCAA quarterback to throw for more than 600 yards when he racked up 621 yards in 1980 at Ohio State. It's still the school record. Wilson only played one season with the Illini after the NCAA came down with sanctions regarding his transfer, but passed for 3,154 yards and 19 touchdowns at the helm.

4. Robert Marve
The highly-touted recruit never quite produced memorable numbers, but had a stellar senior season last fall for the Boilermakers. After landing at Purdue in 2009 from Miami, Marve dealt with injuries and consistency issues in his next three seasons. He passed for 1,734 yards, 15 touchdowns and five interceptions last season after combining for 1,154 yards, seven touchdowns and nine interceptions in his previous two seasons.

5. Scott Frost
Yes, this is a bit of a stretch since Frost produced for the Cornhuskers when they were in the Big 12. Doesn't matter in our opinion since Nebraska is firmly in the Big Ten now. Frost played two seasons in Lincoln (1996-97) after transferring from Stanford. He threw for 2,677 yards and rushed for 1,533 yards while guiding Nebraska to a combined 24-2 record, two Orange Bowl victories and a shared national title with Michigan in 1997.

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calvin wrote on May 21, 2013 at 10:05 am

records set pre-big 10 don't count in my book