Friday, June 29, 2012

Ex-KU quarterback Jordan Webb picks Buffs

Kansas quarterback Jordan Webb throws the ball around as he warms up with the team before kickoff against Oklahoma on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011 at Kivisto Field.

Kansas quarterback Jordan Webb throws the ball around as he warms up with the team before kickoff against Oklahoma on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011 at Kivisto Field.


Former Kansas University starting quarterback Jordan Webb is headed from the Big 12 to the Pac-12.

Webb confirmed to the Journal-World on Friday various recent reports that stated he will be transferring to Colorado. Once admitted to the school — something Webb expects to happen as early as Monday — his relocation will be official.

The future Buffaloes QB expects to have a shot at winning the starting job once he arrives in Boulder, Colo.

“That’s the whole reason I wanted to transfer,” Webb said. “I wanted to go somewhere where I felt like I had that opportunity.”

When Charlie Weis took over as KU head coach this past December, Webb soon learned he wouldn’t be a part of the program’s plans. Quarterbacks Dayne Crist (from Notre Dame) and Jake Heaps (from BYU) transferred in, and in January, Weis announced Webb would be leaving Kansas.

Webb said he didn’t take anything personally.

“It’s just kind of part of the business,” he said. “I understood that with new guys coming in (Weis) wants some fresh faces at quarterback. If you can get a fresh face, it’s gonna look good for the fan base, and I’m really rooting for those guys this year. I’ll always be a Jayhawk. I’ve got some of my best friends on that team.”

Still, the whole process doubled as a lesson.

“You can’t hang your head,” Webb said. “Things are gonna come in life that you’re not expecting, but you’ve just got to roll with the punches.”

The Union, Mo., native appreciated that Weis let him know early on his plans to go another direction at quarterback.

“That would be the worst thing, to be strung along and find out once you put your work in that you don’t have that chance,” Webb said. “I was glad that he was up front and honest. That’s all you can ask for.”

Because Webb continued taking classes at KU and graduated after leaving the team, he will be able to take advantage of an NCAA transfer rule and be eligible immediately at Colorado. He visited the campus and met with CU coach Jon Embree this past spring.

“I think it’s a good fit. They’re an up-and-coming team and coach,” Webb said. “I really enjoyed my time there, so we’ll see how it goes.”

Webb, who has two years of eligibility remaining, played in all 12 games for the Jayhawks in 2011, completing 179 of his 281 pass attempts for 1,884 yards, with 13 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.

He plans to move to Boulder this coming week and begin workouts with the Buffaloes soon after.


ukanjhox 6 years ago

Webb wasn't very good. But, he was a Jayhawk, and I wish the guy nothing but the best. It seems like he did all he could. When your head coach is a guy like Gill, it's hard to approach your ceiling. I hope he does well.

hawk316 6 years ago

I continue to believe that Webb has untapped potential and could be a very solid quarterback in the right situation. The kid worked hard while a Jayhawk, and I, too, wish him the best and hope he does well in Boulder.

hawk316 6 years ago

He certainly struggled at times, granted, but he also showed flashes. Keep in mind that Jordan was young and inexperienced during part of his tenure. He also worked behind a line that did not always provide the best protection. He has the arm, the work ethic and the guts. Are we talking All-American? No. But, as I said, I think he can be a solid quarterback in the right situation (good protection, coaching, etc).

utahjayhawk 6 years ago

Webb played hard the whole time at KU so I don't think we could ask for more. Good luck Jordan.

ahpersecoachingexperience 6 years ago

The kid did play hard and is now saying the right things. It's not his fault Turner sucked!

KGphoto 6 years ago

It's true. All of us elitists move to a place like Boulder to get away from people like you. You couldn't be more correct, and the people of Boulder thank you for staying away.

Benjamin Piehler 6 years ago

Isn't this exactly what KSU fans say about Lawrence?

kumax 6 years ago

Mmm... Boulder is a shhole, huh? Nice shhole if you ask me. I've lived here for 25+ years and find it a pretty awesome place if you like to ski, climb, cycle, trail run, eat really good food, have access to a really good university and all that sh. Guess I'll keep eating sh :) And, yeah... I'm a lifelong Jayhawk.

Andy Tweedy 6 years ago

I happen to agree with you! I don't know what Coloradoans think, but for me, one of the best parts of living in Nebraska is that it's so damn close to Colorado!!!

gchawk 6 years ago

Don't think that's called for, definitely shows a lack of class. The kid played his heart out for us, he was just a victim of a bad situation. I appreciate all his hard work at KU and wish him the very best at CU.

Marcia Parsons 6 years ago

I agree, gc. He got such poor protection it's a wonder he survived long enough to accomplish anything.

iamacamera 6 years ago

I guess you would recognize that being an SEC (Special Ed Conference) fan.

Jeremy Bolinger 6 years ago

I dont see anything here that is false. Webb wasn't a winner on the field, that's for sure. Colorado isn't very good.

Btw, not everyone who is critical of an ex-KU player is classless or a Mizzou fan. Some of you people baffle me.

Ron Prichard 6 years ago

It's not that it's false, it's just a classless statement. No, he's not the best quarterback in the world, but he always competed and he didn't have a lot of support around him or very good coaching, to say the least. None of the KU players the last two years were winners, but I'm not going to go around calling them losers, either. He always represented himself and KU well when he was here and as fans we should at least respect him for that. For one, I hope he is successful. I don't necessarily care how CU does, but I hope he does well for himself.

ccarp 6 years ago

Props for taking care of your school work Mr. Webb. Best of luck at CU. I really respect how you handled a tough situation and I know you will be stronger for it. You represent Jayhawk nation well.

Fredmandu 6 years ago

Some of these comments are totally uncalled for. The young man is showing more class than you apparently will ever have. While he was a Jayhawk, he gave his maximum effort and represented the university --the one you claim to love and support-- in a high quality manner. Can you say the same?

Thanks for your time here, Jordan. Best of luck to you!

april28 6 years ago

Best of luck, young man. I always respected your effort and now I respect your maturity and class. Congrats also on earning your degree!

troutsee 6 years ago

Jordon Webb could very well start for CU. He never had a chance at KU, playing on a terrrible team with a terrible head coach. I agree that he is a classy kid and worked his butt off for KU. I have much respect for him and wish him the best.

flyingfinn 6 years ago

+100 Jordon is a class act who played for a terrible coach who had no game plan every week and still went about his business ever week without any negative comments even when he was getting smashed because of no protection.

Jeremy Bolinger 6 years ago

Not sure he is going to a better situation.

BigXIIForever 6 years ago

This guy is all class. When I was Webb's age, I would not have handled what he has gone thorugh with even close to the composure we are seeing. With a good coach, who knows what he can accomplish.

roadwarrior1969 6 years ago

Good luck JW...unfortunately he is going to a place that cares less about football than we do. Don't blame him though, this is one of the only D1 places he could play at.

Dan Pawlowski 6 years ago

Not True . CU cares way more about football than we do. They have tasted a national championship and they would like to taste it again. You would be correct if you were talking about Basketball but your comment about Football could not be more wrong.

KGphoto 6 years ago

Nice choice Jordan. CU is gonna love you, and now that we don't play the Buffs I can cheer without mixed feelings. Get that starting spot and we'll be there for some games. Sporting KU colors of course.

gchawk 6 years ago

KG, are you getting along okay with all the fires in your area? Best of luck to you, stay safe!

KGphoto 6 years ago

Yeah, doing okay. Thanks for asking. The worst part for us is the smoke, but I'll take that over what so many have endured. As you can see, it's terrifying even from afar. This was Tuesday, the day The Springs fire doubled in size.

Benjamin Piehler 6 years ago

I believe Mizzou was his first choice of colleges... Making it even more impressive.

texashawk10 6 years ago

Jordan wasn't the most talented QB ever, even with the poor game planning his decision making and accuracy left a lot to be desired. That said, Webb showed to practice every, played his tail off, didn't make excuses for his and the team's failures, and graduated in 3 years. He was a good ambassador for the university and I wish him all the best at Colorado and hopefully the coaching staff there can work on his flaws because his biggest flaws as a QB are correctable with proper coaching.

Benjamin Piehler 6 years ago

Wow. Lottta blaming KU for his lack of knowledge on the transfer regulations...

JHAWKSWAG 6 years ago

If the kid only opts to take 6 and 10 credit hours in a full year at KU it's entirely his fault he is ineligible. pretty pathetic excuses.

Dirk Medema 6 years ago

And then sits out completely in the Spring. My guess is this is part of what Marchiony was mentioning.

It's also a head scratcher to read "while at KU" when he was almost never at KU.

Jeffery Stadler 6 years ago

I wish Jordan nothing but the best of luck. As painful as it was to sit in the stands and watch the D give up 50+ every week it must have been hard to stand on the sidelines then try and match the other teams scores with horrible play calls from the booth. No matter how hard his coach prayed Jordan had little protection and plenty of pressure to make big plays. Colorado is an awesome place to be and play.

Doug Cramer 6 years ago

Don't like to be too negative on ex KU players.

I love Jordan's attitude...and appreciate his effort at KU. He seems like a class guy.

Moonwalk is right though...his passing accuracy really needs to improve.

Dirk Medema 6 years ago

Classy response to a tough situation, but really gives positive comments regarding CW as well. Such a contrast to Berglund.

From what I've heard, Jordan may have a chance to start at CU this year as well. It's not quite a black hole. It should help that this will be his third year playing, and 4th at the D1 level.

Also interesting to look at the photo at th beginning. Isn't a QB supposed to have their fingers on the laces when they throw?

vd 6 years ago

They're supposed to be wearing a helmet and pads also.

notjustbread 6 years ago

is that what those white stripes are for?

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