Connor Wood came to Colorado to play.
Now is not his time, though.
On Wednesday, CU head coach Jon Embree named newcomer Jordan Webb as the Buffs' starting quarterback, leaving Wood and Nick Hirschman to fight for the backup spot.
"Personally it's disappointing, but again, you have to look at it as what's best for the team," Wood said after Wednesday's practice. "I've got to respect coach's decision and I've got to support Jordan going into that first game and going into the rest of the games. At the same time, I've got to compete with him and drive him, too."
Wood went into the fall of 2011 fighting for the starting job at Texas. When he didn't get it, he left the Longhorns program and came to Colorado because he felt it gave him the best chance to play.
Wood figures to stick around this time and said he will continue to prepare himself to make an impact.
"I think if you look at a situation like this in my position and you feel this 'Oh, woe is me' mentality, you can't move forward," he said. "You've got to step in a positive direction. It's going to be hard for the first couple of days kind of getting used to it, but again you've got to step forward and the past is the past and you've got to support Jordan again and be a good teammate."
Wood has three years of eligibility left, so he's certainly got time to get on the field. He also knows that the opportunity could very well come this year if he continues to work hard.
"You're one play away and that was evident last year with them (Texas) and how that went," he said. "Always have to be ready, always have to prepare like I always do. That's my plan."
Webb, Wood and Hirschman were battling to replace graduated starter Tyler Hansen.
Wood had to sit out last season after transferring, but took just about all the first-team snaps during spring ball with Hirschman nursing a foot injury. Hirschman is entering his third year in the program, giving him a bit of edge in time spent with the Buffs.
Webb didn't arrive on campus until this summer after transferring from Kansas, where he spent two years as the Jayhawks' primary starter.
"With Nick's situation with his foot and (true freshman) Shane Dillon's issue with his shoulder, it made sense," Wood said of bringing Webb on board. "This is a business and you've got to respect what the coaches do and you've got to be professional about it."
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Webb, who is generously listed at 6-foot-1, knows he doesn't exactly have prototypical quarterback stature.
That's the only bit of weakness CU's new starter would acknowledge.
"I wish I was a little taller," he said. "Other than that, I won't give anybody any help out there."
Riddle me this
Embree sort of broke the news to fans through a riddle on Twitter early Wednesday. Embree tweeted: "Buff fans do you like Sunflower Seeds? The Buffalo is the official animal of what state?"
Kansas, of course, is the Sunflower State and the buffalo is its state animal. Embree was asked how he learned that fact about Kansas.
"Colorado education," the CU grad said with a smile. "When you get a degree from here, you learn those kinds of things."
Bloom joins Pac-12
Former CU wide receiver/punt returner Jeremy Bloom has joined the Pac-12 Network as an on-air analyst for football games.
Bloom will help the Pac-12 for in-studio and game broadcast coverage. He will make his debut on Sept. 8 when he works as an analyst for CU's game against Sacramento State.
The Pac-12 Network launched on Wednesday. The network is available to Comcast customers on channel 430 (840 for high definition). Pac-12 Mountain will be on channel 31, with its HD location yet to be determined.
For those on the CU campus, Pac-12 Mountain will be on channels 24 and 90.7 (HD).
Other providers, including DirecTV, Dish Network, are in negotiations with the Pac-12 to pick up the networks, as well.
In addition to the network, the Pac-12 launched its new website, Pac-12.com, Wednesday. ... Defensive end Kisima Jagne, part of the 2012 recruiting class, was cleared academically by the NCAA. However, because of the timing and the fact that he's already missed a large chunk of camp, Jagne will greyshirt and not enroll at CU until January. "He's a guy that has a chance to be a good player for us," Embree said.
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