Entering fall camp the Colorado Buffaloes were saddled with a three-way quarterback battle to decide who will start the season opener on September 1 against rival Colorado State.
Less than two weeks into camp head coach Jon Embree put an end to any thoughts of a two-quarterback system by naming Jordan Webb his starting signal caller.
Colorado made the right move at the right time in naming Webb the starter with so many other unanswered questions surrounding the team. The Buffs will be an extremely young team and having a quarterback with some starting experience is the best thing for them right now. CU’s quarterback coach Rip Scherer was quoted saying that making up 15 missed spring practices is easier to do than making up 19 games and it worked in the benefit of Webb.
In 12 starts last season, Webb completed 179 of 281 pass attempts (63.7 percent) for 1,884 yards with 13 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. While those numbers aren’t overly impressive they represent his ability to lead an offense in real game situations, something that Nick Hirschman and Connor Wood lack.
Wood transferred from Texas last season after falling down to third on the depth chart while Hirschman, who filled in for an injured Tyler Hansen last season, only has spot starting experience. Hirschman was further put behind in the quarterback competition when he broke his foot in spring workouts and missed the entire spring practice session. That opened the window for Wood to start all of spring and to make an impression on the coaches. He played well during spring but did not fully impress the coaching staff during that time, which led to the open competition this fall.
The thing about Embree is that he does not like to play guessing games and when he knew who he wanted under center he was going to let that be known.
“I’m not into playing games, sitting around waiting. I think it’s fair to the players and the team that when we knew, we let them know,” Embree said after Wednesday’s practice of his decision to officially name Webb as CU’s starter before the first scrimmage of fall camp. “I felt really good about it last night, slept on it, and decided to let it go out today.”
It was the best move for a Colorado program that is looking to bounce back in their second year in the Pac 12 after going going 3-10 last season. Their goal is to make a bowl game and this is the first step, probably the most important step, to prepare themselves for that goal.