2012 CU football schedule

Sunday, Sept. 2 - Colorado State, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High

Saturday, Sept. 8 - Sacramento State at Folsom Field

Saturday, Sept. 15 - At Fresno State

Saturday, Sept. 22 - At Washington State

Saturday, Sept. 29 - UCLA at Folsom Field

Thursday, Oct. 11 - Arizona State at Folsom Field

Saturday, Oct. 20 - At Southern California

Saturday, Oct. 27 - At Oregon

Saturday, Nov. 3 - Stanford at Folsom Field

Saturday, Nov. 10 - At Arizona

Saturday, Nov. 17 - Washington at Folsom Field

Friday, Nov. 23 - Utah at Folsom Field

Colorado sophomore quarterback Nick Hirschman suffered a broken foot over the weekend and will miss all of spring football practices, giving a big edge to fellow sophomore Connor Wood in the race to earn the starting job in 2012.

Coach Jon Embree said last week that he viewed the quarterback competition entering spring as a two-man race between Hirschman and Wood with the possibility that someone else could emerge. With Hirschman out, it now appears to be Wood's job to lose.

The CU sports information department reported that Hirschman suffered the injury over the weekend while walking and stepping on his foot wrong.


He broke the fifth metatarsal bone, the same bone he broke in his left foot in August.

Hirschman has had two surgeries since August on his left foot and he will undergo surgery to repair the break in his right foot later this week.

Hirschman told the Camera in an interview last week that he believed he had an advantage in the looming quarterback competition because he is the only signal-caller on the roster with any college experience. The Buffs are down to three quarterbacks this spring with Hirschman out and Brent Burnette deciding to give up football and focus on graduating in May.

The Hirschman injury provides redshirt freshmen John Schrock and Stevie Joe Dorman an opportunity to move up the pecking order and challege Wood. Embree said last week that he believes Schrock is closer to being ready to play at the college level than Dorman.

Hirschman should be recovered in time for fall camp where he will get his opportunity. The program will also welcome true freshman Shane Dillon into the fray at that point.

Embree said last week he believed Hirschman would be fired up for the competition this spring because there was so much buzz surrounding Wood, a transfer from Texas and former blue chip recruit.

“Nick is a very competitive kid," Embree said. "It's important to him. He's been in the system for awhile. They're both on pretty similar footing as far as where they're starting from. It's not like one has a huge advantage over the other. I think that just adds to it.”

In an interview with the Camera earlier this year when it was unclear if Hirschman would be able to practice this spring because of his previous injury, Wood said he was hoping Hirschman would be able to compete with him and push him.

“Yeah, there is definitely something to be said about having a good quarterback like Nick being at practice every day and competing against me," Wood said. "But that is just the way it is. Those other quarterbacks are going to step up and all of us together will be competing for that job.”

Last week Hirschman said he was nearing 100 percent and thought he would be ready to practice in the first week of spring drills, maybe even the first day. He said he hadn't felt completely healthy since prior to initially breaking his left foot in the middle of August.

The first spring practice session this year is Saturday. There will be 15 practices, including the spring game April 14, which is the only session open to the public.