Illinois QB Wes Lunt accepts bid to Shrine Game

Nov 26, 2016; Evanston, IL, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini quarterback Wes Lunt (12) drops back to pass against the Northwestern Wildcats during the first half at Ryan Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Despite Illinois 3-9 record this season, Wes Lunt has one more game left in his college career.

On Tuesday, it was announced that the senior quarterback would accept an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game, set to take place on Jan. 21 in St. Petersburg, FL.

According to the game’s website, the East-West Shrine Game was created in 1925 and was the first all-star game at the collegiate level.

Lunt played in his final season this year, playing in eight games and throwing for 1,376 yards, eight TDs and just three interceptions. His most productive outing came in the season finale against Northwestern, completing 28-of-54 passes for 377 yards and a pair of touchdown tosses.

The Illini quarterback has been hampered by injuries for most of his career, with his only full season coming in 2015. Prior to playing for Illinois, Lunt played at Oklahoma State.

For his career, Lunt threw for 7,008 yards, 42 TDs and 19 INTs. He’ll be accompanied by quarterbacks Zach Terrell from Western Michigan and Gunner Kiel from Cincinnati.

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