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April 29, 2013On the same day Stanford released its post-spring ball depth chart, the school announced the departure of two players who figured to play a key role in the team's 2013 season: backup quarterback Josh Nunes and fullback Geoff Meinken.
"We regret to report today that senior QB Josh Nunes is medically retiring and has finished his Cardinal football career," Stanford football said in a statement on its Facebook page. "Josh started nine games under center in 2012 and led us to thrilling wins over #2 USC and Arizona. We offer our deep gratitude to Josh for his leadership and contributions in our historic championship season."
While Nunes wouldn't have been Stanford's starter in 2013, he would likely have been the primary backup to Kevin Hogan. (Though Evan Crower had a strong spring and may have pushed Nunes for the job.)
In addition to providing leadership, Nunes, who would have played his fifth season in a Cardinal uniform, would have been the only quarterback outside of Hogan on Stanford's roster with game experience.
If healthy, fullback Geoff Meinken was expected to be used situationally alongside Ryan Hewitt, Patrick Skov and Lee Ward. Meinken's presence may have allowed the Stanford coaches to emphasize Hewitt more as a tight end in the passing game. (Though, as it stands, Skov and Ward would be a very capable fullback duo, should Hewitt transition to tight end.)
"Senior FB Geoff Meinken has decided to graduate this spring and will not return for his fifth year," Stanford football said in a statement on its Facebook page. "Geoff fought like a warrior to come back from his spring 2012 knee injury, and we wish him all the best."
If he was able to make a full recovery, Meinken would have had grounds to petition to the NCAA for a sixth year of eligibility in 2014.
Spring depth chart released: Stanford released its spring depth chart on Monday.
There weren't any real eye-openers on the depth chart, but a few mild surprises and items of note.
Barry Browning, who has held out of much of spring ball due to injury, was listed as the backup to Alex Carter at left cornerback.