Injury forces Utah QB Wynn to retire
Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) - Utah junior quarterback Jordan Wynn, who suffered another season-ending shoulder injury during Friday game against Utah State, will consequently retire from football, head coach Kyle Whittingham announced at a Monday press conference.
Wynn, who during a 27-20 overtime loss to the Aggies injured his left, non- throwing shoulder -- the same one he's had two previous surgeries on -- will likely require yet another operation, his fourth overall shoulder surgery since becoming the starting quarterback for the Utes as standout true- freshman in 2009.
In addition to the three surgeries he's endured on his left shoulder, Wynn also had a surgery on his right shoulder in 2010.
"[He's] injured to the point that we had a conversation with him, and he's going to hang up the football," Whittingham said. "He's going to move on with life after football. He fought the good fight and came back, but this is the fourth time he has injured his shoulder and he is going to move on."
Wynn arrived on campus in 2009 and in six games -- five as the starter -- threw for 1,329 yards and eight touchdowns. He went 3-2 as the starter that year, leading the Utes to a 37-27 victory over the University of California in the Poinsettia Bowl, where he threw for a season-high 338 yards and three touchdowns to earn Poinsettia Bowl MVP honors.
The following year, Wynn started 10 games for the Utes, posting an 8-2 record and throwing for 2,334 yards and 17 touchdowns. However, injuries started to take their toll and a shoulder injury forced him to miss playing against Boise State in the Las Vegas Bowl.
In 2011, Wynn only saw action in four games before an injury to his left shoulder again ended his season prematurely.
In his NCAA career, Wynn threw for 4,637 yards, with 33 touchdowns and 17 interceptions.
"We really appreciate what Jordan has brought to our program and the toughness and resiliency he has shown," said Whittingham. "If he was my son, I'd probably encourage him to do the same thing."
09/10 17:53:35 ET