If Josh Nunes holds out even the slimmest of hopes to win back Stanford’s starting quarterback job, he’ll have to resume that battle a few months down the road.
Cardinal head coach David Shaw revealed Friday that Nunes will miss all of spring practice due to an undisclosed injury. While Shaw did not specify the exact nature of the injury, it appears the area impacted is the arm/shoulder area.
The injury occurred at some point the past two weeks during an offseason conditioning workout.
“It was a freak occurrence,” Shaw said during a pre-spring teleconference. “He’ll be in sling but he will make full recovery. …
“It shocked us. It’s something that never happened before.”
Combine Nunes’ injury and Brett Nottingham‘s transfer last December, and Shaw will be left with starter Kevin Hogan as the only arm available for the spring who’s thrown a pass at the collegiate level. However, the injury will, as the San Jose Mercury News writes, “give young quarterbacks Evan Crower and Dallas Lloyd a chance to showcase their skills this spring.”
In August of last year, Nunes was named as the successor to Andrew Luck. After starting the first nine games of the season, and after seven interceptions and just a 52.8 completion percentage, Nunes gave way to Hogan, who started the final five games of the 2012 season and will enter summer camp as the clear-cut No. 1 quarterback.