- Kevin Gemmell, ESPN Staff Writer
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Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham announced Monday that Wynn will retire from football following another significant shoulder injury suffered Friday night in the Utes' loss to Utah State.
The specifics of the injury to Wynn's left shoulder were not revealed, though Whittingham said he thought it would require surgery. That would be the fourth operation on Wynn's shoulders since arriving from Oceanside, Calif., in 2009. He's already had two surgeries on his left shoulder and one on his right.
Wynn's career started off with a bang. He capped his true freshman campaign by earning MVP of the Poinsettia Bowl, throwing for 338 yards and three touchdowns on 26-of-36 passing in a win over Cal. Earlier in 2009, he had the best debut for a starting Utah quarterback ever when he threw for 297 yards and two touchdowns in a win over New Mexico. In five starts and six appearances his freshman year, he threw for 1,329 yards and eight touchdowns with four interceptions.
But then the injuries started to pile up. He started 10 games in 2010 and was 8-2 as a starter, but missed three games with a thumb injury. He started the first four games of 2011, but suffered a season-ending injury to his left (non-throwing) shoulder. The previous surgeries took place in 2010 (right shoulder, Dec. 2010; left shoulder, spring 2010).
Wynn's retirement leaves either senior Jon Hays -- who went 6-3 as a starter last year filling in for Wynn -- or freshman Travis Wilson as Utah's starter. Whittingham said they will determine a starter in practice this week.
Hays was adequate in his replacement role last year, throwing for 1,459 yards on 120-of-214 passing (56.1 percent) with 12 touchdowns to eight interceptions. But the Utes got by mostly on the running of John White IV, who rushed for a school-record 1,519 yards on 316 carries with 15 touchdowns.
The Utes (1-1) play rival No. 25 BYU (2-0) this week in the Holy War.
In the overtime loss to Utah State, Hays was 12-of-26 for 154 yards with a touchdown. Wilson, a highly-touted, 6-foot-6, 220-pounder from San Clemente, Calif., has appeared in both of Utah's games this season and has completed 3-of-3 passes for 49 yards and a touchdown. He's also rushed 10 times for 18 yards and two touchdowns.
The career of Utah quarterback Jordan Wynn, which started off so brilliantly but fizzled after a string of shoulder injuries, has come to an abrupt and disappointing end.