Pretty good article from GoldenStatePreps.com on how Kevin Prince inspired Justin Nunes - the younger brother of Stanford QB and former UCLA recruit Josh Nunes - following last year's Stanford-UCLA game:
Upland, California 2011 quarterback, Justin Nunes, has a lot in common with UCLA quarterback, Kevin Prince…maybe a little too much. In common: Character, toughness and the ability to overcome adversity while maintaining the highest moral and academic standards. It seems harder to find these qualities in college football. In a time when arrests, suspensions, drinking alcohol and a whole host of negative press for college football seems to dominate the headlines, there are still a lot of good guys in college football.
The too much in common: having to overcome injury. In Justin‘s second game his junior season in the third quarter he fractured and dislocated his clavicle at the sternoclavicular joint. He finished the game with the injury completing 15 of 18 passes and winning the game. An injury, according to several orthopedic surgeons, would end his season and maybe his quarterback career and left them scratching their heads on how he finished the game. Several weeks later, after Justin sleeping in a chair and wearing multiple braces, he talked his parents into taking him to Stanford to watch UCLA play Stanford. Unfortunately, he was unable to watch his favorite UCLA player Kevin Prince play in that game due to Kevin’s broken Jaw.
However, after a tough loss for UCLA, Justin received something much better than watching Kevin Prince play. "I was at the gate waiting for my brother to come out when Kevin came out and I saw him talking to my dad, then Kevin came straight over to me and gave me one of the best speeches of my life." Justin said, "He was talking with his jaw wired shut and spent a lot of time explaining how he was able to come back from injuries and the mindset necessary. He ingrained in me, a never give up attitude that carried me through my recovery and a return to the season, I owe a great deal to Kevin he is truly a great role model"
Read rest of the story here. Justin fired up by Kevin apparently came back that season and went on to lead Upland to a CIF championship.
I think stories like that give us a little window into Prince's ability to motivate his peers. Let's cross our fingers he can stay healthy. If he can manage to do that IMHO there is solid chance of him putting together one of the more productive seasons by a UCLA QB in recent memory.