Turner Gill gave redshirt freshman quarterback Jordan Webb his first chance to run the Jayhawks offense in the fourth quarter. Down 6-3 late, he kept the ball in Webb's hands, needing a game-winning drive.
Webb was unable to deliver, but Gill decided his efforts were enough to name him the Jayhawks' starter in Week 2 against No. 15 Georgia Tech, relegating sophomore Kale Pick to the bench.
"Looking at things that happened in the game and overall with the things going on, [Webb] gives us the best opportunity at this point and time and he deserves an opportunity to see what he can do as a starter," Gill told reporters on Wednesday
Pick threw for 138 yards with an interception in a little more than three quarters, completing 13 of 22 passes. Webb replaced Pick early in the fourth and went 6-for-11 for 59 yards. Both were sacked twice.
"Obviously I am excited," Webb said. "It is what I wanted all along. It is what everybody wants. Everybody wants to be the starter. It is something I hope I can make the most of and run with."
Kansas is also shaking up the offensive line. Gill moved Jeremiah Hatch, a two-year starter at center, back to starter at his usual position. Sal Capra moved to left guard and relegated Duane Zlatnik to the bench.