Colorado quarterback Jordan Webb.
Colorado quarterback Jordan Webb. ( JEREMY PAPASSO )

Jordan Webb has been the starting quarterback for the Colorado football team for four games now and already dozens of words have been used to describe him.

After three losses to start the season, some of those adjectives and pronouncements weren't so flattering. But resilient might be the description most fitting of Webb in the wake of him leading the Buffs' fourth-quarter comeback last week at Washington State.

Webb, a junior, who transferred to CU after three years at Kansas, including two as the Jayhawks' starter, has handled everything he has experienced so far in Boulder with a maturity that was key to him earning the job here. That includes disgruntled fans shouting unpleasantries at him and the outright beating he has endured from opposing defenses.

It's no secret the Colorado offense around Webb has allowed more sacks than any other team in the nation. Official NCAA stats list the Buffs as allowing 18 sacks in the first four games, but CU uses a slightly different model for tracking sacks and lists the Buffs with 20.

What gets lost in the box score is the numerous times in games Webb has been knocked around when forced to scramble or a split second after getting rid of the ball. One of those hard hits forced him to the sideline briefly last week.

"Physically I'm fine," Webb said. "That's just part of the game. That's how it happens. I only get hit maybe 12, 13 times a year so I can't complain."


No one in the CU program had waited longer to experience a win than Webb. Going into last week's game, Webb was on a personal 13-game losing streak dating back to last September. He lost the final 10 games of his career at Kansas and the first three with the Buffs.

While coaches say they never doubted they had chosen the right man to lead the team this season and his teammates have been nothing but supportive publicly, it's fair to wonder if some inside the walls of the Dal Ward Center might have had their doubts about Webb, until he delivered a win.

"I don't know if he had to lead us to a win to get that, but I think that just adds to his package," coach Jon Embree said. "He has that swagger about him in practice. He had that in training camp whether we were doing a 2-minute drill, a third-down drill, whatever it was, he had that swagger and carried himself in that manner."

Webb earned the Pac-12 Conference offensive player of the week award for his performance against the Cougars, in which he completed 29 of 42 passes for 345 yards with two touchdowns. He also ran for two scores, including the game winner with 9 second remaining.

The performance gave a boost to his overall statistics this season. They reflect an offense that has struggled to move the ball consistently through much of the first month but that has had its moments.

Webb has completed 57 percent of his throws, a number he would like to boost significantly in the coming weeks. He's thrown for 777 yards with eight touchdowns and three interceptions.

Webb said he never allowed negativity to infect him during the past year and 13 consecutive losses. He simply focused on improving and handling the elements of the game that are in his control.

"No. I'm not that type of person," Webb said this week when asked if he had been doubting himself at all. "I think I'm here for a reason and the coaches believe in me for a reason and I think that reason is because I'm a good player. I'm definitely not going to doubt myself. No."

Embree and his coaches saw some of those qualities in Webb when they reviewed his film during the spring. Their impressions were verified after speaking with Webb's former coaches at Kansas and from his high school days in Missouri, and they brought him to Boulder believing his fight and competitiveness would help them win a few games.

It took a little longer than planned, but their plan finally worked last week.

"I think a lot of it with Jordan was how he was raised," Embree said. "When you have a good support system, good coaches around you when your growing up and people always telling you you can and helping you believe in yourself and helping you see the positives in some of the setbacks you have, that adds to it.

"There's no way you can play on this level, whether you lose it or win it, there is no way you can play at this level if you don't believe in yourself at the end of the day."

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