While quarterback Sefo Liufau spent his Wednesday morning working out at Colorado's new training facilities, news came through the Twitterverse that made Buff Nation downright giddy.
From Lubbock, Texas, another quarterback, Davis Webb, tweeted: "Thank you @CoachMikeMac and CU for the opportunity...I have committed to Colorado! #GoBuffs."
With that, CU's quarterback situation got a lot more interesting.
Webb is transferring from Texas Tech and is expected to sign a letter of intent next Wednesday. He will graduate from Texas Tech in May, arrive in Boulder at the start of the summer and be eligible to play his final college football season this fall.
"I'm very excited to be a part of Colorado football," Webb told Buffzone.com. "I felt the best fit and situation for me would be at Colorado."
Coming off a 4-9 season — their 10th consecutive losing record — the Buffs face a critical season this fall. Head coach Mike MacIntyre is 10-27 in three years in Boulder and likely needs to get to a bowl game this fall if he's going to stick around longer.
Facing such a critical season, the Buffs didn't feel too comfortable with their best options at the most important position on the field being an injured veteran (Liufau) and a pair of youngsters (Cade Apsay and Steven Montez) with little or no game experience.
Liufau is a three-year starter who owns many of CU's passing records and is just 13 yards shy of the school's all-time passing record. He's also 8-21 as a starter and currently wearing a walking boot on his left foot.
After suffering a Lisfranc injury to his left foot on Nov. 13, Liufau will miss spring ball and won't be ready to play before the summer. While recovery for a Lisfranc injury can take a year or more, Liufau is fully expecting to be healthy by the summer. He will take the walking boot off next week.
As news of Webb's arrival became official Wednesday morning, Liufau welcomed the added competition.
"It's great," he said. "It's good for the team; any way to help us out. That's how I look at it. Competition will be good. The spot is open and I'll be ready to compete."
Webb will be ready as well.
The 2013 Holiday Bowl MVP lost his starting job at Texas Tech this past season to dynamic sophomore Patrick Mahomes.
Webb is now ready to compete with Liufau, Apsay and Montez for the job at CU.
"Hopefully, when everything plays out, (Liufau) is healthy, he gets a chance to do this thing, I get a chance to do mine and we'll see who wins it," said Webb, who has yet to meet Liufau. "I know that if I get a fair competition, there's not many quarterbacks in the country that can beat me. I feel like I'm a very good quarterback. I feel like if I get a chance, I'm going to make sure I make the most of it."
Webb said he picked CU over "four SEC schools, five Pac-12 and a couple of Big Ten" schools. CU's recent addition of co-offensive coordinator Darrin Chiaverini pushed CU to the top. Chiaverini worked with Webb on Texas Tech's staff the last two years.
"It played a role in the fact that I knew that I was going to get a fair chance to compete," Webb said. "I didn't have blind faith on this one. I know coach Chev and what he's about."
Webb also said that several schools wanted to wait to see how their quarterback situations played out over the spring, but the Buffs wanted him now. He also believes CU is on the verge of success.
"I really feel like this place is a sleeping giant that's about to get back to where it should be and needs to be."
Webb is believed to have the goods to get CU there. He threw for 5,557 yards, 46 touchdowns and 22 interceptions at Tech. He also threw four touchdown passes in a 37-23 upset of Arizona State in the 2013 Holiday Bowl.
"I've been to a bowl game," Webb said. "I've won a bowl game against Arizona State. I want to make sure the Buffaloes and my teammates get a chance to live through that."
While the competition in fall could come down to Liufau and Webb, neither one will be on the field for spring ball. Apsay and Montez, along with senior Jordan Gehrke, will get a chance to prove themselves in spring.
"It's all a competition," Montez said Wednesday. "That's exactly what Division I sports is about. It's about competition. It's about working real hard to achieve what you want to achieve."
Webb hopes to do his part to help the Buffs achieve success, regardless of his role.
"One thing I take pride in is being a good teammate, and I feel like I've never really had trouble with that through my football career, hockey career, baseball career," he said. "I've always been a good teammate."
Webb said he's also eager to work with Chiaverini and co-offensive coordinator Brian Lindgren to see how he can best fit into CU's offense.
"When I talked to Lindgren and Chiaverini, we're going to bring a little bit of what we did at Texas Tech that suits me well," he said. "I feel like if I'm the guy, the great coaches make their offensive and defensive schemes around their personnel.
"The main goal is winning games, getting to six and hopefully going on from there."