To whom it may Concern

:

It is with great interest and enthusiasm that I write this letter of recommendation for
Justin Nunes. I have known Justin since 2011 when I recruited him to become a member
of our football program at UCD. During that time I have observed Justin as a leader and
responsible teammate that was respected and well liked by peers, coaches and staff. He
was a model student/athlete both on and off the field exhibiting integrity, discipline,
resilience, unselfishness and an uncommon will to be successful.

Justin came to Davis with a very promising football future. As a freshman he was
redshirted (a year to develop his skills without forfeiting a year of eligibility) and showed
great promise as a quarterback prospect earning offensive redshirt of the year. The
following year he continued to develop his skills as a backup and the future looked bright
for his last 3 years of eligibility. Unfortunately his athletic career was derailed by a rare
eye tumor and his athletic future came to an abrupt end.

Fortunately Justin always had his priorities in order. Although football was his passion,
academics were his primary goal. He has always been a strong student and he continued
to show that prowess at Davis. When football was taken away Justin took that setback
and used the available time that not participating in football afforded and completely
absorbed himself in his classes, labs, internships, research, practical hands on ag
programs and even time for community outreach programs. He is by nature inquisitive
and unnerved by challenges. Although he always had an interest in agriculture (even
when we were recruiting him) the injury proved to be a positive in that it gave him
complete focus on what he wanted to get out of his time at Davis and become an Ag
educator.

As a retired educator myself I am encouraged by Justin’s pursuit of teaching. He
embodies all the qualities one wants to see in an educator. He is a wonderful
communicator able to not only inform but also to motivate. He has great integrity and
wants to do things right. He does not take shortcuts. He is a young man who will make
learning fun, exciting, relevant and informative. He has the charisma and personality that
will draw people in to connect with him as a teacher and role model.

Many students I have been associated with in my 36 years of college coaching and
teaching talk of dedication and responsibility—Justin lives it. He has a firm grasp of who
he is and what he can accomplish with his life. He comes with my highest
recommendation and will be someone you will want to not only meet but, get to know
personally.

Sincerely,

Bob Biggs (retired former Head Football Coach, UC Davis)