It can be difficult to make too much out of one performance in the Senior Bowl as far as draft prospects go, but there is no denying you would much rather have a good performance to take away from Mobile, Alabama than a shaky one. Cal quarterback Davis Webb will return home with reason to feel good about what eh showed on the field in the nation’s top college football all-star game leading into the NFL Draft preparation season.
Webb orchestrated all three scoring drives for the South team in a 16-15 victory in the Senior Bowl on Saturday. Webb completed 11 of 16 of his passing attempts for 165 yards and a touchdown, a 39-yard scoring pass to Texas A&M wide receiver Josh Reynolds, who also had a good showing. The Cal quarterback led the South to two scores in the final three minutes of the first half. Webb was named MVP of the Senior Bowl.
For the North, Pitt quarterback Nate Peterman also played well with a six-yard touchdown pass to East Carolina’s Zay Jones late in the game. A failed two-point conversion attempt prevented the North from taking the lead on the South, however. Toledo running back Kareem Hunt was named the North’s Most Outstanding Player after rushing for 118 yards on 15 rushing attempts. Kansas State defensive end Jordan Willis received the South’s Most Outstanding Player award after forcing a pair of fumbles and recording a pair of sacks.
Colorado was looking forward to the addition of graduate transfer quarterback Davis Webb from Texas Tech, but the former Red Raiders quarterback has been checking out other potential options lately despite previously committing to the Buffs. While Webb pays visits to Cal and Auburn, Colorado head coach Mike MacIntyre is not spending time worrying about losing Webb to another program.
“The Auburn report, I think, is erroneous,” MacIntyre said in a report from BuffZone.com, referring to reports on Monday linking Webb to a potential visit to Auburn. It is true, however, that MacIntyre visited another Pac-12 school, Cal. Despite his recent visit to Cal and reports of a future visit to Auburn, MacIntyre insists he trusts Webb will still end up at Colorado.
“He’s told me he’s coming time after time, so I just trust what he says,” MacIntyre said.
It is still entirely possible Webb will end up heading to Boulder, where he would immediately step into the quarterback competition with a good chance to start this spring. He has signed a financial aid agreement with the program, but that does not lock him out from evaluating other potential options. Other schools may continue to recruit him as well, and it is clear both Cal and Auburn have some holes to plug at quarterback. Cal is losing Jared Goff to the NFL while Auburn just has an unsettled quarterback situation even with players returning this year.
It appears former Texas Tech quarterback Davis Webb is going to be earning some extra frequent flyer miles this spring. Not only is Webb giving Cal a look as he determines where he will play next, but Auburn also is popping up on the radar now.
It was reported yesterday Webb visited California despite previously committing to Colorado. On Sunday afternoon, Auburn became a new potential destination according to a report from ESPN.com.
Webb is entering his fifth year of eligibility as a graduate transfer, regardless of where he lands. That would make him eligible to play right away this fall. With Auburn coming out of the spring still with an open quarterback competition, Webb could hypothetically step in and win the job upon his arrival. Gus Malzahn was noncommittal on a starting quarterback after the spring game, which was to be expected unless one player clearly outperformed the others.
He would likely win the job at California too if he ends up going there, as Cal is looking to replace NFL-bound Jared Goff.
With incumbent starting quarterback Sefo Liufau out of action with a foot injury this spring and a recent report saying Colorado-bound graduate transfer Davis Webb will be visiting Cal this week, the importance of a strong showing in the spring game in Boulder was significant. With that being said, Jordan Gehrke had reason to come away from spring practices feeling confident in his performance with so much uncertainty floating around the quarterback position on Saturday.
Gehrke completed 10 of his 12 pass attempts for 126 yards and two touchdowns in Colorado’s spring finale on Saturday. Although he was also intercepted in the spring scrimmage, Gehrke left the field holding his head high and receiving praise from co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Brian Lindgren.
“Jordan when he got here was very polished fundamentally,” Lindgren said. “The thing I noticed with him is just his understanding of defenses and what the defense is trying to do and understanding our system and how we’re trying to attack them. He’s very veteran as far as that stuff goes.”
For his part, Gehrke is keeping the overall team goals in mind while also focusing on reaching his own personal goals.
“Personal goals and team goals are the same: Just get to a bowl game and win, however, we do it, whatever role I play,” Gehrke said. “I’m pretty excited for this year. I thought we did some good things out there. There are a couple of things we need to work on, but for the most part, I’m pretty excited for next season.”
Gehrke appeared in three games last season. This spring has seen Gehrke take on a more vital role in Colorado’s offense with the absence of Liufau, and it appears to be paying off. If the season started today, Gehrke would be the starting quarterback. The biggest questions facing the position at this point are when Liufau might be available, if at all, and whether or not Webb will follow through on his commitment to Colorado and bump Gehrke back to the role of backup quarterback. Whatever the situation, Colorado should have a bit of confidence in handing the offense off to Gehrke in 2016 when needed and in whatever role is necessary.
Despite previously committing to Colorado as a graduate transfer, quarterback Davis Webb will reportedly visit another Pac-12 school this coming week.
According to Bruce Feldman of FOX Sports, Webb will pay a visit to Cal to evaluate one other option before officially enrolling anywhere. At Cal, Webb could potentially be coached by offensive coordinator Jake Spavital, a former assistant of Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury, which is reason enough for the former Red Raider quarterback to have some interest.
Landing Webb would be a nice boost for Cal’s offense as well. The Bears are losing junior Jared Goff to the NFL a year early, where Goff is expected to be one of the first two quarterbacks off the board. Cal actually has relatively few holes to plug this year, with quarterback being the most significant exception. Webb may not be Goff, but his size and physical skills would likely help him fit right in with Cal’s offense.
Joining Cal may also provide a better opportunity to win some games this fall compared to the ongoing rebuilding project in Boulder. Cal jumped out to a good start and made an early push for Pac-12 title consideration before running into a wall midway through the season.
Losing Webb to another Pac-12 school would also be a tough draw for the Buffaloes. Colorado will likely be without Sefo Liufau due to a left-foot fracture, so having a sturdy option at quarterback is a luxury for the program.