A year after being named the starting quarterback for Stanford, Josh Nunes won't be on the team in 2013. The rising senior will retire, most likely due to a biceps injury on his throwing arm suffered while lifting weights in January.
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
From SB Nation's Stanford blog, Rule of Tree:
Sad to hear that Nunes' injury is career-ending. This means Crower and Lloyd's battle for backup spot just got much more important— Rule of Tree (@RuleofTree) April 29, 2013
Nunes was expected to be the backup to Kevin Hogan, who took over the reins at quarterback midway through the 2012 season, but the arm injury prevented him from playing spring ball. It wasn't immediately evident how bad the injury was, but coach David Shaw let on that Nunes might not be ready for 2013 after the team's spring game. Now it's official, leaving freshmen Evan Crower and Dallas Lloyd to fight for the backup spot. Crower seems to have the advantage after a spring game where he threw for 197 yards and two touchdowns.
Nunes spent the first few years of his career waiting in the wings behind Andrew Luck, who was selected first overall in the 2012 NFL Draft. With Luck out of the picture, Nunes finally got to start, and although there were some highlights - a win over then-No. 2 USC, a 360-yard, two-touchdown win over Arizona in overtime - Nunes had sub-par outings in the team's two losses while he was the starter, against Washington and in overtime Notre Dame, completing under 50 percent of his passes while throwing picks in both games. Hogan would take over midway through a 48-0 victory over Colorado, and the team would win the final five games of the season, including the Rose Bowl, with the freshman in charge.
Nunes was 125-236 for 1,650 yards with ten touchdowns and seven interceptions for his career.