Jordan Webb's job is safe for another week.
Colorado head football coach Jon Embree said Monday after practice that Webb will remain the starting quarterback when the Buffs (1-6, 1-3 Pac-12) visit No. 2 Oregon (7-0, 4-0) on Saturday.
"Yeah, he is (the starter)," Embree said. "Looking at the tape and all of that, and some other factors, we'll go with Jordan."
Embree said that part of his reasoning for keeping Webb in the starting lineup this week is that he doesn't want backups Nick Hirschman or Connor Wood to have to make their first starts against the powerful Ducks on the road.
"Some of it is that, and some is just, as you get a chance to look at the tape objectively and see what caused some of the issues, some of things weren't (Webb's) fault," he said.
Many fans have been calling for a change for weeks as Webb, in his first season at Colorado, has gone through a rough season. The junior has completed 55.7 percent of his passes (127 of 228) for 1,351 yards, eight touchdowns and seven interceptions.
Webb also has a 5-23 record as a starter in college (combining his starts at Kansas and CU) and is the engineer of an offense that averages just 18.7 points per game and hasn't scored a touchdown in its last six quarters.
The starting quarterback job became an issue again after Saturday's 50-6 loss at Southern Cal. Webb completed just 18 of 35 passes for 210 yards and three interceptions. He also fumbled once and was sacked five times. All four of Webb's turnovers came inside the USC 40-yard line, including a fumble on the 5.
"Yeah, he had a couple of bonehead plays, but at the end of the day, some of those things that happened wasn't on him," Embree said.
Webb, who is right-handed, injured his throwing arm on Saturday, but Embree said Monday that he believes Webb will be "good to go."
Embree was pleased that the Buffs moved the ball fairly well against the Trojans. They had 351 yards and 25 first downs and went 4-for-5 on third downs in the first quarter.
On the flip side, the Buffs made five trips into the red zone and came up with just two field goals. Red zone offense had actually been a strength of the Buffs in the first six games, as they had scored 12 touchdowns and two field goals in 16 trips inside their opponents' 20.
"We'll have to emphasize red zone and we have to keep doing a good job of moving the football," Embree said. "There were some positives that came out of that game from an offensive standpoint; now we have to find a way to sustain it."
Embree not worried about finger pointing
Following Saturday's loss, veteran defensive backs Parker Orms and Ray Polk said they believe some players on the Buffs defense are not preparing for games like they should.
On Monday, Embree said he had not heard those comments and said, "I'm not going to comment on that." He then added, "I think guys need to just worry about themselves, make sure they're doing what they need to be doing."
The comments of Orms and Polk came one week after freshman cornerback Kenneth Crawley questioned whether some of his teammates quit during a 51-17 loss to Arizona State.
Embree said Monday he doesn't believe the Buffs are starting to point fingers at each other in the midst of a tough season.
"No. I'm not worried about it," he said.
If there's a positive to come out of this season, it's that the offensive line seems to be coming together. Embree said he thought the line played "very well" against USC.
"I thought they did a good job of getting on guys and blocking, knocking guys down, cut blocking," Embree said. "They played ugly and nasty and that's what you want out of them."
Tackle David Bakhtiari agreed and hopes the rest of the team can follow their lead.
"The way I see it, every week we've definitely progressed (as an offensive line unit)," he said. "These past two, three games we've made a huge leap. We're going to set an example. Hopefully the rest of the team can see it and follow."
On Monday, it was announced that the Nov. 3 game against Stanford will kick off at noon at Folsom Field. The game will be nationally televised on FX.
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