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Stanford announces QB Josh Nunes is medically retiring

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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 DecemberEvan 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.

‘Freak occurrence’ knocks Stanford’s backup QB out for the spring

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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.

Nottingham transferring from Stanford

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As part of a three-way competition to replace Andrew Luck at Stanford, Brett Nottingham wound up buried on the quarterback depth chart behind Josh Nunes (the early-season starter) and Kevin Hogan (the presumptive starter heading into 2013).

With that QB clutter ahead of him heading into next year, Nottingham has decided to cut bait.

The Cardinal announced Saturday night that Nottingham has decided to leave the football program ahead of the team’s bowl game.  The Bay-area native turned in his playbook with the intention of transferring to an undetermined destination.

Nottingham was Luck’s primary backup for half the 2011 season as a sophomore — he was the presumptive front-runner heading into spring practice –but played in just two games this season.  For his brief career, Nottingham completed 10-of-16 passes for 100 yards and a touchdown.

As a four-star member of Jim Harbaugh‘s last recruiting class in 2010, Nottingham was rated by Rivals.com as the No. 4 pro-style quarterback in the country.

Hogan knows best: Stanford looks to have found new QB

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Stanford coach David Shaw said this week that he was planning to give backup quarterback Kevin Hogan as many as 20 snaps today against Colorado to try to figure out if a change needed to be made at quarterback.

Hogan definitely got more than 20 snaps, and yes, it looks like a change will be made under center for the Cardinal.

In No. 15 Stanford’s 48-0 rout of the Buffaloes — Colorado’s first shutout at home in 26 years — Hogan was an efficient 18-of-23 for 184 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He also ran for another 48 yards to lead the team. Season-opener starter Josh Nunes attempted just five passes for 23 yards, and backup Brett Nottingham also got in on some late-game action.

Nothing’s official yet, but if we’re going to derive from what Hogan did today, there’s a good chance he’ll be the first-team quarterback next week in a key Pac-12 North game against Oregon State. The Cardinal have a tough final three games that also includes road trips to Oregon and UCLA. They’re going to need the best player under center, no matter how late in the season a change is made — if a change is made.