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Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Webb named Colorado starting QB

By Kevin Gemmell

Well, that didn't take long.

Colorado coach Jon Embree announced Wednesday afternoon that Jordan Webb, a transfer from Kansas, has won the three-way competition and will start at quarterback for the Buffs.

Webb beat out sophomores Connor Wood and Nick Hirschman.

"You know how I am," Embree said. "If I feel it's right, I'm going with it ... He's showed good discipline in taking care of the football. He makes plays. There were a lot of things he had to overcome, being in town for all of three weeks, learning an entire new system, while competing for a starting job."

Webb joined the team in late July as a graduate student after completing all of his degree requirements at Kansas. The NCAA allows a player to transfer if he has eligibility remaining and the school he transfers to has a program that is not offered at his previous university. Webb has two years of eligibility remaining.

He started 19 games at Kansas (4-15 record) where he threw for 3,079 yards and 20 touchdowns with 20 interceptions. Last season, the 6-1, 205-pounder completed 63.7 percent of his throws for 1,884 yards with 13 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.

The backup position is still up for grabs between Wood and Hirschman, Embree said.

"Obviously, the experience shows, the poise shows," said Colorado quarterbacks coach Rip Scherer. "He was able to transfer terminology. Concepts are concepts, but he was able to transfer the terminology relatively quickly. There's still a learning curve for him, but he really progressed quicker than I thought he would."

The initial two-way battle to replace Tyler Hansen, before Webb was in the picture, was put on hold in the spring when Hirschman broke his foot. That gave Wood, a transfer from Texas, time to work exclusively with the first team and it seemed like a good bet he'd be leading Buffs in 2012. But given the swift judgment of Embree, it's pretty clear that Wood didn't do enough in the spring to separate himself since Webb has only been on campus three weeks.

Ultimately, the decision was Embree's, though he sought input from the rest of the staff.

"As a staff -- offense and defense -- it's something we talk about," Embree said. "When we're looking at tape, we're seeing the same thing. The defensive staff doesn't know some of the details, but when they see No. 4 (Webb) doing the things he's done, it's impressive. He's just got a good grasp and real good feel for things."

The Buffs open on Sept. 1 against Colorado State.