Pac-12 football teams have claimed five spots in the Top 25, but several lost key players this weekend.
Oregon’s Carson York and John Boyett, Arizona State’s Carlos Mendoza, Utah’s Jordan Wynn, and USC’s Khaled Holmes all sustained injuries in last weekend’s games.
Utah coach Kyle Wittingham announced Monday that Wynn, a fourth-year junior, will retire after suffering his fourth shoulder injury in three years.
“He’s going to move on with life after football,” Whittingham said.
The Utes’ former starting quarterback injured his left shoulder late in the second quarter of the 27-20 overtime loss to Utah State on Friday night.
Wynn had a standout year after taking over the starting role as a true freshman in 2009, but his career was marred with shoulder injuries.
He had his first surgery on his left, non-throwing shoulder after the 2010 spring game. That season, Wynn finished third in the Mountain West in total offense, despite missing three games. Wynn had surgery on his right shoulder in December 2010.
He started the first four games of 2011 season before another injury to his non-throwing shoulder cut his season short, and it was déjà vu all over again for Wynn last Friday night.
“I went out and tried as best that I could, and I worked hard. In the end, it was not meant to be for whatever reason. My shoulders couldn’t hold up,” Wynn said in a press conference on Tuesday.
Whittingham won’t announce the new starter before the Utes’ next game against BYU.
Senior Jon Hays was 6-3 as the starter after after Wynn’s injury last season. He was 12 of 26 for 154 yards and a touchdown in relief on Friday night. If Hays gets the job, Whittingham said freshman Travis Wilson will come in on certain packages. Wilson is 3 for 3 in his short career, with one passing touchdown and two rushing.
Wynn isn’t the only Pac-12 senior who may have seen his last college snap.
Oregon seniors York and Boyett both suffered season-ending injuries that will likely end their careers with the Ducks.
York, an offensive lineman, fractured his right kneecap in Saturday’s game against Fresno State. It was unrelated to the injury he sustained on the same knee in last year’s Rose Bowl. The three-year starter was scheduled for surgery on Tuesday.
On Monday, he tweeted: “Getting to represent the University of Oregon and everyone associated with it has truly been the greatest honor of my life #GoDucksForever.”
Free safety John Boyett, is scheduled to have surgery Wednesday to repair partial patellar tendon tears in both his knees.
In a statement, he said: “I’ve had a lingering injury that I played through all last year. The hope was, through different treatments and certain types of rehab during this past offseason, they would heal up and I’d be ready to go for my senior year. But unfortunately, it didn’t work out as planned.”
Sources told The Oregonian that Boyett was having the surgery now so he’d be healthy in time for next year’s NFL Draft. The recovery process for the procedure, which doctors reportedly suggested he have last offseason, is about six months.
ASU linebacker Carlos Mendoza is also out for the rest of 2012 with a shoulder injury, but the freshman has plenty of playing time ahead.
Mendoza battled the injury throughout fall camp, but an MRI after Saturday’s game revealed a bone chip that will require surgery. He’ll use a medical redshirt this season while rehabbing.
The rookie backup got significant playing time against Illinois while starter Brandon Magee was out with a concussion. He had three tackles and two interceptions before leaving the game.
The USC Trojans hope Holmes, their senior center, escaped with a less severe injury after being carted off the field late in the game against Syracuse.
I was at the stadium, and from my vantage point in the end zone, directly overlooking the play, it seemed like the trainers were concentrating on Holmes’ ankle.
Scott Wolf, of the Los Angeles Daily News, tweeted that Holmes left the facility on crutches, wearing a boot.
Holmes is still listed as the starter for this week’s game at Stanford, but don’t expect any updates from USC. The university is strictly enforcing a new policy prohibiting reporters from sharing “strategy and injury-related” news from practice.
Wolf has been banned from USC practices for two weeks and will not be credentialed for the Stanford game after reporting that kicker Andre Heidari had knee surgery last week.