A few months ago, he was the heir to Andrew Luck. Now, he's done with football.
Due to an injury to his arm this offseason that was deemed workout-related, Nunes' career is now over, officially announced by Stanford Football on Twitter.
We regret to report that senior QB Josh Nunes is medically retiring, ending his Cardinal career. Please join us w/ thx to Josh! #gostanford— Stanford Football (@StanfordFball) April 29, 2013
For how short his Stanford career was - only eight games as a starter - he'll always be remembered for leading a huge upset of USC and paving the way for BCS bowl success, much like Tavita Pritchard, who gave way to Andrew Luck just a few years ago. His best game was certainly an overtime win against Arizona at home, where he scored five touchdowns to lead the Cardinal back from a 14-point deficit and pull off the 54-48 win.
For now, the short-term impact on the Cardinal means that Evan Crower is the backup quarterback while Dallas Lloyd is the third-string QB. The two played in that order during the Cardinal-White spring game and there's no reason to expect that it's any different now.
This development does cause some concern because Crower and Lloyd are both very inexperienced - neither one has a snap of live-game action under his belt - and it means there will be extra emphasis on getting them ready to play should anything happen to Kevin Hogan.
In other news, fullback Geoff Meinken, who battled with a knee injury in 2012, will graduate instead of playing for a 5th season.