Football: CU Buffs' Hirschman continues to work
QB will compete with Wood for backup job
08/16/2012 05:54:41 PM MDT
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Wednesday wasn't an easy day for Nick Hirschman, and he didn't really want to talk about it.
By Thursday, the Colorado sophomore wasn't any less disappointed, but he was ready to move forward.
"It was a very disappointing day. It was a rough day," he said about Wednesday, when he was informed that he would not be the starting quarterback for the Buffs.
That job went to junior Jordan Webb, who joined the CU program this summer after transferring from Kansas. Hirschman and fellow sophomore Connor Wood will continue to battle for the backup job.
"I just keep coming out here working every day," said Hirschman, who is from Los Gatos, Calif. "There's nothing else you can really do but that at this point."
Among the three quarterbacks, the 6-foot-4, 230-pound Hirschman has been at CU the longest, but he's the only one of the three that wasn't brought here by the current coaching staff.
Wood transferred from Texas last year after he lost a battle for the starting job and didn't see a future with the Longhorns.
Webb played three years at Kansas, the last two as the Jayhawks' primary starter, but transferred this summer after finishing his degree. New Kansas coach Charlie Weis informed Webb he'd be going in a new direction. Weis brought in a pair of transfers, Dayne Crist from Notre Dame and Jake Heaps from Brigham Young. Weis had originally recruited Crist to Notre Dame.
Quarterbacks change schools quite frequently, in fact, but Hirschman, who has three years of eligibility left, insisted he will be a Buff for the foreseeable future.
"I'm not really thinking about (leaving)," he said. "I'm in camp right now competing. That thought hasn't even crossed my mind."
CU offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy expects nothing less than for Hirschman to battle for playing time.
"That's not his MO," Bieniemy said when asked if he thought Hirschman might transfer. "Nick is a true and true Buff. One thing about Nick, he's a competitor. I love his personality; I love the spirit about the kid. Although he's not the starter, Nick is going to continue to work his tail off to find a way to get himself on the field."
Hirschman was No. 2 on the depth chart last year, behind Tyler Hansen. He played in five games, completing 18 of 35 passes for 192 yards. He did not have any touchdowns or interceptions.
Head coach Jon Embree has been quick to point out that the pressure is not off of Webb and that Wood and/or Hirschman could steal the job at any time. For now, though, the job belongs to Webb. By Saturday, when the Buffs scrimmage for the first time, the No. 2 quarterback could be declared.
"That's one of the things we're focusing on now," Embree said. "We'll see if it shows itself then or if we have to continue on, but we'd like to get that done, too."