Fans were allowed to participate in Colorado's football media day on Tuesday at Millennium Harvest House.

Chidera Uzo-Diribe was asked: Who is your favorite Buff?

The dynamic junior defensive end didn't hesitate with his answer.

"I'd have to say my favorite player has got to be Derrick Webb," Uzo-Diribe said. "He flies around out there and he's not afraid to hit anybody."

Webb appears to be a gem.

During CU's 22-17 loss to Colorado State in the opener, the junior linebacker led the Buffs with 12 tackles with two tackles for loss and a quarterback sack.

Senior stalwarts Jon Major and Doug Rippy received most of the attention during fall camp. Webb put on a defensive show in the Rocky Mountain Showdown.

"I practiced really hard this camp and did well throughout camp. That just built up my confidence for the season," Webb said. "I was confident that I could go out and do some things."

Webb is not going to be a 12-hit wonder. His teammates believe he will consistently fill up the stat sheet as the season wears on.

As an underclassman, Webb showed off his considerable talents on special teams. He earned an ESPN "helmet sticker" for a hit on USC's Robert Woods during a kickoff return and helped tackle Oregon punt returner Cliff Harris for a safety last season.

Webb has clearly established himself as the starting "Will" linebacker for 2012.


"He's a high-tempo guy and he can make a lot of plays," Major said. "I think he will continue to play hard and with good habits, that's his character. I think we can expect a lot from him."

Physically, Webb had the makings of a star from the moment he stepped on campus. But longtime linebackers coach Brian Cabral doesn't put players on the field who don't know what they're doing.

"My assignments ... that's probably why my time was limited back in the day," said Webb, who had 54 tackles last season. "I could always run around, but it was more the details that I had to work on this offseason."

Major had six tackles and Rippy added three in his first game back since blowing out a knee at Washington last season.

"I know what he's going through," Major said of his "twin" Rippy returning to the field after recovering from a serious injury. "It takes awhile to see that small hole and hit it as fast as you can. He knows that, he's learning, and he's re-sharpening. He'll get there."

If Webb were at the luncheon he would have had a hard time answering the question posed to Uzo-Diribe.

Obviously, he loves playing alongside team leaders Major and Rippy.

"Having them on the field with me makes me more confident and a better player out there, especially when we're all communicating and talking," Webb said. "Those are veteran guys with experience. They know a lot about the game. Playing with them gives me a good comfort level."

On the other hand, Webb credits Uzo-Diribe and the defensive line for any success the linebackers had against the Rams.

"I think the defensive line helps us more than we probably help each other," Webb said. "We've got big guys up front pushing guys back. We love it when those guys are playing like that. It makes our jobs so much easier."

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