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Ex-Longhorn Connor Wood named Buffs’ starting QB

Colorado Media Day Football AP

During the offseason, Colorado lost two quarterbacks to transfer and their starter for the first nine games of a woeful 2012 season, Jordan Webb, tore an ACL during spring practice.

After all the turmoil and tumult of the past few months, the Buffs have some clarity at the position.

Continuing the string of similar announcements — or non-announcements as the case may be — CU confirmed late Monday morning that Connor Wood will start the opener against in-state rival Colorado State Sunday.  Wood’s backup will be true freshman Sefo Liufau, who won that job over JUCO transfer Jordan Gehrke and redshirt sophomore Stevie Joe Dorman.

“I’ve been pleased with his progress,” CU offensive coordinator Brian Lindgren said. “Attending the Manning Academy in the summer was really big for him, being around some starters from around the country. You could tell his confidence was boosted from that. And being selected a captain by his teammates – that’s as big an honor as you can have, in my opinion. It shows the confidence this team has in him.”

In August of 2011, Wood transferred from Texas to Colorado.  After sitting out that season, he started one game for the Buffs in 2012.

Wood was a four-star member of the Longhorns’ 2010 recruiting class, rated as the No. 3 pro-style quarterback in the country.  He plummeted to No. 4 on UT’s depth chart his true freshman season before leaving a year later.

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