Buffs QB Nick Hirschman breaks foot

The biggest storyline for Colorado heading into spring football practice suddenly has become a non-story. At least for the immediate future.

Quarterback Nick Hirschman, who was expected to be locked in a tight quarterback competition with Texas transfer Connor Wood, will now miss all of spring ball after breaking a bone in his foot.

Ironically, Hirschman suffered the exact same injury -- a broken metatarsal -- in his opposite foot last August and was in a boot for three weeks before being cleared to start the season as the backup quarterback.

This recent injury was non-sports related and according to a statement by the school, he just "stepped on it wrong."

Hirschman returned to his home in Northern California, where he will undergo surgery this week.

His absence paves the way for Wood, who transferred last fall and spent 2011 on the practice squad, to work almost exclusively as the first-team quarterback this spring.

Hirschman appeared in five games last season for the Buffaloes as a backup to Tyler Hansen, completing 18 of 35 passes (51.4 percent) for 192 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions. It is not known how long this latest injury will sideline him, though head coach Jon Embree said he expects Hirschman and Wood to renew their competition in the fall.

Colorado, which starts spring practice on Saturday, lists redshirt freshmen John Schrock and Stevie Joe Dorman as the second and third quarterbacks on the depth chart.