Meet your quarterback: Colorado

August, 29, 2012
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There were six quarterback competitions in the Pac-12 this year. Some came about by the departure of some outstanding quarterbacks. Others just needed new life infused into the offense.

Today we're going to take a look at each of the quarterbacks who won their job.

We continue with Colorado -- which had a two-way quarterback battle in the spring that turned into a three-way battle when news that Jordan Webb was going to transfer from Kansas. It didn't take long. After only three weeks on campus, head coach Jon Embree named Webb the starter over Texas transfer Connor Wood and last year's backup Nick Hirschman.

Jordan Webb, Colorado
  • 2011 stats: 179-of-281, 1,884 yards, 13 touchdowns, 12 interceptions.
  • Career stats: 300-of-495, 3,079 yards, 20 touchdowns, 20 interceptions.
  • Pros: Experience -- way more than any other quarterback on Colorado's roster. Webb started 19 games when he was at Kansas and that's a big reason he was able to move into the job right away. With more than 400 career passes, he's ready to plug in. Aside from his physical assets, you have to admire his determination as well. He graduated early from Kansas so he could make the transfer. He knew he wanted to play and he didn't let anything stand in his way. Something to be said for that.
  • Cons: Webb's entire career has been as a spread quarterback. Now he's working in a West Coast system and working under center for the first time. The fact that he's only been on campus for a little more than a month could also work against him -- at least early on. He has to build chemistry with his young receiving corps and there might be some pressure early on to show the coaches made the right choice. And if the Buffs struggle, as many expect they will with a very young team this year, he'll be under the microscope even if he doesn't deserve to be. Goes with the job.
  • How he won the job: It was obvious that head coach Jon Embree wanted a starter as soon as possible. Neither Wood nor Hirschman were convincing enough. Webb was. With Hirschman nursing a broken foot in spring, Wood had ample opportunity to work with the first-team, but couldn't separate himself. In Webb's brief time on campus, he showed a strong understanding of the playbook, he was consistent, and more importantly he protected the ball -- and that goes a long way with coaches.
  • Coach speak: "He just did a good job showing he has a good grasp of the offense," Embree said. "He was accurate. He did a good job making decisions. Each day, every time we went out and practiced, he just was getting better and better. I felt like he gave us our best chance and so that's why I picked him, so he could start getting more reps at the [first team]. When you start talking about a quarterback competition, the sooner your team knows, the better it is so they know who the guy is they are going to follow."
  • Backup plan: Embree said they haven't decided yet who will be the backup, but will probably have an idea at the end of practice this week. Embree talked about a bit of a natural lull from them after Webb was announced, but said the competition between Wood and Hirschman has resumed and it's too close to call at this point.

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