Connor Wood or Nick Hirschman to Start at QB for Colorado Against Arizona

By David LaRose

A quarterback change has been made this week in Boulder and the game against Arizona will feature either Connor Wood or Nick Hirschman under center for the Colorado Buffaloes.

During his weekly press conference, Jon Embree said that Jordan Webb will be out of the picture for this week’s starting role and he’ll decide between the two backups.

“We’re going to let Jordan kind of sit back and watch some things and see if that helps him some,” Embree said at his weekly press luncheon. “It’ll be between (Nos.) 5 and 8, Nick and Connor, so we’ll see how that goes during the week.”

Any type of change is needed for Colorado to try and jump start their anemic offense. They are near the bottom nationally in practically every offensive category, including 105th in passing efficiency and third to last in points per game (16.1 ppg). Against Stanford, midway through the third quarter, the Cardinal had more points than the Buffaloes had total yards.

The odd man out this week is Webb, but he’s had his opportunity to stake his claim as the starter but he hasn’t taken advantage. It’s actually been almost the opposite. He’s dealing with a rough offensive line and inexperienced wide receivers but he’s still last in the Pac 12 in passing efficiency and he hasn’t led Colorado to a score since Oct. 11 against Arizona State.

Both Wood and Hirschman have similar numbers on the season in mop up duty, but their competition in practice this week will determine the starter for this weekend’s game in Tucson. Hirschman has been at Colorado the longest out of any QB on the roster and is also bigger than the other two at 6-foot-4, 230-pounds. While Hirschman is the bigger of the two, also possessing a stronger arm, Wood has an advantage when it comes to mobility. He’s really the only quarterback on the roster that can make plays with his feet and that can come in handy with Colorado’s struggles on the offensive line.

Embree probably won’t announce the actual start until Friday or even Saturday but in my opinion Wood gives them the best chance to win and he will likely win the starting nod against Arizona.

At this point the Buffs can use anything to change their fortunes, maybe changing QB’s is the first step in that process.


David LaRose is one of the featured College Football writers for Rant Sports covering the Pac 12 and the University of Colorado. You can follow him on Twitter or check out his Facebook page.

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