On Wednesday afternoon, Colorado coach Jon Embree pulled a bit of a surprise by naming Kansas transfer Jordan Webb as the Buffaloes starting QB. Webb beat out Texas transfer Connor Wood, who took all the first-team snaps during spring practice, and Nick Hirschman, who was Tyler Hansen's backup last season.
"Jordan Webb's biggest attribute is the fact that he's played in 19 games [actually, 21] and none of these other guys have played in a game," Embree said a week ago at the team's media day. "With Jordan, having played in some games, you can definitely see that."
Webb decided to leave KU after Charlie Weis was hired and it became clear, when first Dayne Crist and then Jake Heaps transferred to Lawrence, that he wouldn't be in the new coach's plans. However, he did not settle on Boulder as his destination until mid-May and was not able to enroll until after he graduated from Kansas. In two seasons as a Jayhawk, Webb played in 21 games and threw for 3.078 yards and 20 touchdowns, with 20 INTs. Because he redshirted in 2009 and he has already graduated, Webb has two years of eligibility remaining with Colorado.