Jordan Webb wins Colorado QB job

BOULDER, Colo. -- Jon Embree enters his second season at the University of Colorado with just eight seniors and countless questions, one of which was answered Wednesday when he named Kansas transfer Jordan Webb as his starting quarterback.

Webb, a grad student with two years of eligibility remaining, beat out strong-armed sophomores Connor Wood and Nick Hirschman.

Hirschman broke a foot for the second time earlier this year, so Wood, a transfer from Texas, got all the snaps in the spring before Webb transferred to Boulder this summer and made it a three-way race to replace graduated senior Tyler Hansen.

Webb, who threw for 3,079 yards with 20 touchdowns and 20 interceptions while going 4-15 with the Jayhawks, joined the Colorado program late last month after completing all his degree requirements at Kansas. He took advantage of an NCAA rule which allows a player to continue his career, provided he has time remaining on his five-year eligibility clock, and the school he transfers to has a program that is not offered at his previous university.

At 6 feet 1, 205 pounds, Webb is the smallest of the three quarterbacks, but he separated himself after just eight days of training camp. Quarterbacks coach Rip Scherer said Webb "really progressed quicker than I thought he would."

"He makes plays," Embree said. "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."

Wood and Hirschman, who will continue battling for the No. 2 job, have more powerful arms, but Webb has the deeper resume.

"His biggest attribute is that he's played in 19 games," Embree said. "None of these other guys have played in a game. Nick played a little bit against Arizona State. None of these guys have played meaningful minutes. You can see that he's played in some games. He does a good job of working the pocket. He reminds me of Koy Detmer a little bit in that he has unique ways of getting the ball to the right guy. He doesn't have the biggest arm. But he generally gets it there on time and it's a fairly catchable ball."

Webb is majoring in educational equity and cultural diversity at Colorado after graduating from Kansas last month with a degree in psychology and a minor in public policy.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.