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.