The Colorado quarterback competition is expected to be trimmed down to a two-man race sometime next week as fall camp continues but a true winner may not be decided by the season opener against Colorado State. Even then, there may not be a true winner of the competition which will result in a two man QB rotation possibly spanning into week two.
There will be a starter for the CSU game on September 1 and then the home opener against Sacramento State the next week but that player may not be officially recognized as the true winner of the position.
Although having a two quarterback system is not ideal, QB coach Rip Scherer said he is not opposed to implementing it to start the season. His reason for doing so would prevent a rushed decision to name a starter and for him to properly evaluate both players in order to determine a set starter for the rest of the season. Obviously his preference is for one of the three guys compteting for the job, Connor Wood, Nick Hirschman and Jordan Webb, to step up and claim the position before the season opener but he has this plan in place in case that does not happen.
All three of the quarterbacks are taking equal reps in practice but each player has pros and cons when it comes to being the starting quarterback.
Hirschman has been in the program the longest and knows the offensive system the best but he’s also coming off three foot surgeries in the past year that kept him from participating in spring ball. It wasn’t a total loss for Hirschman as he used that time to improve his mental game in order to effectively compete for the starting job this fall. Wood entered fall camp as the starter due to the other two players not competing in spring practices but he did not overly impress the coaches during that time. Webb transferred from Kansas this summer and has a leg up on the other two guys when it comes to experience after having started 19 games for the Jayhawks. The other two quarterbacks have little or no starting experience but they do have extensive knowledge of the CU playbook, something that Webb will have to catch up on.
Webb’s experience has impressed the coaches so far in the first week of fall camp but that does not necessarily mean he is the favorite to win the starting job. Like last year, when Tyler Hansen beat out Hirschman for the starting job, it will come down to who is the most effective leader, who can move the offense on a consistent basis and who makes smart decisions with the football.
Regardless of who wins the starting quarterback job for the Buffaloes, each one of the candidates will have little experience leading the CU offense once the season rolls around. Whoever wins the starting job will have earned it and they will get a chance to prove their worth on the field this season.