A “freak occurrence” during offseason workouts left Stanford quarterback Josh Nunes with what was said to be an arm injury that sidelined him for all of spring practices. Now, the injury will end Nunes’ career altogether.
Stanford announced on Monday that Nunes is medically retiring. No specific reason was given, but Nunes sustained his injury in February. Following Stanford’s spring game, coach David Shaw hinted that Nunes may not be ready to play in 2013.
The loss, now official, is another hit to Stanford’s quarterback depth when combined with Brett Nottingham‘s transfer last December, Evan Crower and Dallas Lloyd are now expected to compete for the No. 2 job behind Kevin Hogan.
Nunes, a senior-to-be, was named the Cardinal’s starting last August, but inconsistent play through the first half of the season ultimately led to Nunes being leapfrogged by Hogan. Headed into spring ball, Hogan was considered Stanford’s clear-cut No. 1 quarterback.
Nunes threw for 1,643 yards with ten touchdowns and seven interceptions last season.