- Kevin Gemmell, ESPN Staff Writer
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Now, the hard part starts for Jordan Webb.
Colorado's newly minted starting quarterback has won over his coaches. And in doing so, he won the Buffs starting gig. Now, it's time to win some games.
Following a scrimmage Saturday, Webb offered a pretty standard summation: "Overall, I thought it went really well. There were some positives and some negatives I have to work on. But I think that's the case with every player. We moved the ball well. We didn't hit as many big plays as we have in practice. But I think that comes with the defense not wanting to get beat deep. We moved the ball very efficiently. That's what we're going to have to do to win."
From here on out, chemistry will be key. The Buffs have had all of three weeks to get to know their new quarterback. After working pretty much exclusively with Connor Wood in spring ball, a young receiving corps will have to adjust to what Webb, a Kansas transfer, brings to the position. Though Webb said his teammates have had his back since he arrived on campus and that he hasn't needed to rally people to his cause.
"I never really felt like that was the case," Webb said. "I am who I am. I come out every day with the same mentality to get better and be as perfect as I can. I think those guys see that work ethic and that I want to be the guy to lead this team. I think they really rallied around me when the announcement was made and that was really reassuring to me."
Since arriving at Colorado, Webb has buried himself in the playbook. But there is going to be more to his transition that simply learning the Xs and Os. Webb has been a spread quarterback his entire career and has worked exclusively from the shotgun. Now, as a quarterback in the West Coast offense, he's working under center for the first time.
"It's a lot different, honestly," said Webb. "Some things transfer over, protections or route schemes. But being under center is totally new to me. I've never done that before.
"But I really like it. This West Coast offense is fun to be a part of. It gives quarterbacks a lot of options and responsibilities. But with that, you can protect yourself. You can make things right. As a quarterback, you really want it to be in your hands."
And much of Colorado's success will depend on Webb getting up to speed quickly. While the Buffs showed some spark at the end of last season -- winning two of their final three, including a gutty 17-14 victory at Utah -- Webb himself is riding a 10-game losing streak. After Kansas opened the 2011 season with a pair of wins, the Jayhawks dropped their final 10. Last season Webb threw for 1,884 yards, completing 63.7 percent of his throws with 13 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.
But it's a clean slate for Webb and a fresh start for the Buffs. That was made clear when he was named the starter after such a short amount of time.
"I wasn't shocked," he said. "I've been playing well all camp. The first couple of days I had to get my feet underneath me and then it was going really well. I'd been really consistent. Maybe the timing was a surprise. I thought they'd wait until after (the scrimmage) to narrow it down. But they felt like it was the right time."
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