Nearly six months after deciding to leave the Kansas football program, and three months after speculation first surfaced connecting Jordan Webb to Colorado, the quarterback has turned the latter rumor into reality.
As the Lawrence Journal-World reported late last week, Webb officially confirmed to the paper that he will be transferring from the Jayhawks to the Buffaloes. The Boulder Daily Camera wrote that Webb “is scheduled to meet with Colorado coaches and academic staffers Tuesday.”
And, as Webb has already graduated from KU, he will be eligible to play immediately in 2012. He should be admitted to grad school at CU later on this month.
The opportunity to not only play but possibly start is what led the signal caller to the Rocky Mountains.
“That’s the whole reason I wanted to transfer,” Webb told the paper. “I wanted to go somewhere where I felt like I had that opportunity.”
If Webb had remained at KU, he likely would’ve found himself No. 2 on the depth chart behind Dayne Crist, who transferred from Notre Dame this past offseason to play for his former coach with the Irish, Charlie Weis. Crist is all but assured of being KU’s starter heading into the new season, which led Webb to look for playing time elsewhere.
When Webb officially joins the team for summer workouts and camp, he will battle Connor Wood for the starting job. Wood left Texas last year and transferred to CU in late August. After sitting out last season, Wood is regarded as the favorite to win the CU job, particularly after Nick Hirschman was knocked out for the spring with yet another foot injury.
The presence of Webb, however, could change the dynamic at the position, if for nothing more than his edge in experience over both Wood and Hirschman.
Webb started 19 games for the Jayhawks the past two seasons, including all 12 in 2011. He’s completed 61 percent of his passes for 3,079 yards and thrown the same number of touchdowns as interceptions (20).