Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Jordan Webb still an option at QB for CU
By Brent Sobleski
Colorado isn't giving up on the possibility of senior quarterback Jordan Webb returning this season. Webb tore an ACL during spring practice. The usual recovery time for such an injury is eight to nine months, but Webb may be able to return by the end of September. If Webb finds a way to get back on the field, he won't be ruled out as a potential starter behind center.
"They're (the medical staff) working on him hard to get back as quick as he can get back and we're shooting for him to hopefully be back some time in September and see how that goes for him," Colorado head coach Mike MacIntyre told Yahoo! Radio which was relayed by Kyle Ringo of the Boulder Daily Camera. "But it's definitely a step back. He's not going to be able to get a sixth year the way everything worked out. So he's got to push and try to get back and be able to help some this year."
With the sixth year of eligibility off the table, Webb is going to come back and compete. He could potentially start at some point after his return.
"Coaches like what they see from Webb," Kyle Ringo of the Boulder Daily Camera wrote. "That is three different staffs. The one at Kansas, (Jon) Embree's staff and (Mike) MacIntyre's staff. Not sure he would be the starter, but I think MacIntyre would feel more comfortable with a senior backup as opposed to no experience at all behind Connor Wood. That's assuming Wood wins the job in August."
Ted MillerCurrent state of Colorado's QB competitino
"Before spring practices began, more than a few folks believed redshirt freshman Shane Dillon was the favorite. But he often looked raw while (Connor) Wood and (Nick) Hirschman seemed far more comfortable with the new offense under Mike MacIntyre, something that likely is due to their having significantly more experience.
Of course, there's no reason Dillon can't find his stroke this summer and jump back into the competition. The most obvious precedent of a guy overcoming a poor spring to win the starting job is Arizona State's Taylor Kelly, who was well behind Mike Bercovici and Michael Eubank a year ago.
Further, just like Arizona, Colorado has its own touted incoming true freshman: Sefo Liufau.
Youth is an advantage in some ways. The Buffaloes aren't going to win the Pac-12 in 2013. There's something to be said for, if the race is close, going with Dillon or Liufau and accepting immediate growing pains with an eye toward 2014 and beyond."