SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Just three years ago, Jordan Wynn's future looked bright after a record-setting freshman season and Poinsettia Bowl MVP honors.
Now his football career at Utah is over after yet another shoulder injury, suffered in Friday's overtime loss at Utah State.
"Enough is enough," Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said Monday in announcing Wynn's decision to end his career because of an injury that likely will result in a fourth shoulder operation. "He's going to move on with life after football. He's fought the good fight."
Wynn was injured late in the second quarter after being hit while dropping back to throw. He lay on the ground for a while before being helped off, holding his left, non-throwing arm against his chest.
He was 6 of 11 for 47 yards, with three sacks Friday.
Wynn finished his career as one of 11 quarterbacks in school history to throw for 4,000 yards (4,637 yards, eighth all-time), with 33 touchdowns and 17 interceptions and a 14-7 overall record.
But he already had three shoulder operations — one to repair his left shoulder after the 2010 spring game, one on his right in December 2010 and another to his left last October.
After talking the situation over with his father, and Whittingham, Wynn decided not to attempt yet another comeback.
"We really appreciate what Jordan's brought to our program ... the toughness he's shown, the resilience he's shown," Whittingham said as he geared up to face rival Brigham Young on Saturday night. "I think we're all on the same page. And if he were my son, I'd probably encourage him to do the same thing."
Whittingham said Wynn, who earned his degree in 3 ½ years, will stick around the team the rest of the season to help the two quarterbacks now fighting it out to replace him — senior Jon Hays and freshman Travis Wilson.
Last season Hays was thrust into action despite never having played Division 1 football.
He initially signed with Nebraska-Omaha after a junior-college career at Butte College but came to the Utes when Nebraska-Omaha eliminated its football program.
The result was a scaled-back Utah offense that relied heavily on running back John White.