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The Colorado football team could be adding yet another quarterback to the roster.
BuffZone.com has learned that Davis Webb, a transfer from Texas Tech, is visiting Colorado this weekend.
The 6-foot-5, 224-pounder was granted his release from Texas Tech on Dec. 30. In a press release that day, Webb said he will finish his undergraduate degree this spring. That would make him a graduate transfer, allowing him to play immediately for another school this fall. He has one year of eligibility remaining.
Named the Most Valuable Player of the 2013 Holiday Bowl, Webb has given no indication about the schools he is considering, but CU is clearly in the running. He is planning to tour the CU campus and facilities with his parents.
Webb considered signing with CU three years ago when he graduated from Prosper (Texas) High School. There is more incentive now for Webb to come to Boulder, however, because the Buffs have hired co-offensive coordinator Darrin Chiaverini. For the past two years, Chiaverini worked at Texas Tech and has built a strong relationship with Webb.
A former starter at Texas Tech, Webb was beaten out by sophomore Patrick Mahomes this past year. With Mahomes firmly entrenched as the starter going into this next season, Webb has decided to seek an opportunity elsewhere.
“Davis Webb is the hardest-working individual I’ve ever had the privilege of coaching,” Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury said in a press release on Dec. 30. “He’s a fierce competitor and an extremely talented quarterback. Wherever Davis lands, he will immediately change the outlook of that program.”
Colorado could use an immediate change. The Buffs are coming off a 4-9 season in which its offensive production dipped, particularly in the passing game.
CU has posted 10 consecutive losing seasons and has not been to a bowl game since 2007 — the longest drought of any Power Five conference team. Head coach Mike MacIntyre is 10-27 heading into his fourth season at CU, including 2-25 in Pac-12 Conference games, and there is growing pressure for him to get the Buffs to a bowl next season.
Webb is viewed as a player who could get the Buffs to the postseason, and he would provide CU with a secure option going into the fall.
Three-year starter Sefo Liufau is set to return, but his results on the field have been up and down. His status is also in doubt after he suffered a Lisfranc injury to his left foot in November. That’s an injury that is expected to keep him out of action until at least the summer, if not longer.
Behind Liufau, there is very little experience on the roster.
Aside from Liufau, redshirt sophomore Cade Apsay is the most experienced Division I quarterback. He started the final two games of this past season after Liufau was injured. The Buffs went 0-2 in those games, with their offense sputtering in both contests.
Redshirt freshman Steven Montez might have the most upside on the roster, but he has yet to take a snap in college. Senior Jordan Gehrke has one start under his belt at CU.
Webb, on the other hand, started 14 games at Texas Tech. In three seasons with the Red Raiders, he completed 61.4 percent of his passes (459 of 747) for 5,557 yards, 46 touchdowns and 22 interceptions. Webb doesn’t offer much of a running threat (44 attempts for 10 yards in his career), but his ability to operate as a passer is extremely appealing to the Buffs.
Webb is the only player in program history to throw a touchdown pass in each of his first 18 career games. He ranks among the top 10 in Tech history in career passing yards, touchdown passes, attempts and completions.
Last week, CU added another quarterback, as Sheriron Jones transferred from Tennessee. Jones, who started classes at CU on Monday, must sit out this season due to the NCAA transfer rule, but he will have three years of eligibility remaining.
The Buffs are also expecting to sign Beaverton (Ore.) High School star Sam Noyer to a letter of intent on Feb. 3.
CU could potentially have eight quarterbacks on the roster by the summer.
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