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Colorado Football 2012: Jordan Webb 'Surprised' But Ready As Buffs QB

The Jon Embree reclamation project took its next step in Boulder on Wednesday, as the Colorado head coach looks to Jordan Webb as his starting quarterback for the 2012 college football season. Webb, perhaps thinking the competition would remain open for longer, said he was "surprised" by the decision.

Embree and Webb share some things in common. Both had hoped for and expected a better 2011, but ended up enduring 10-loss seasons. While Embree endured a 3-10 start to his tenure with the Buffaloes, Webb struggled through the 2-10 debacle at Kansas. The 6-0 junior from Missouri transferred from Kansas as new coach Charlie Weis welcomed in Dayne Crist, and like Crist, Webb can play immediately for the Buffs after graduating at Kansas.

In two years at Kansas, Webb threw for 3,079 yards, 20 touchdowns, and 20 interceptions. Last year's performance showed promise, as Webb completed 64% of his passes. But the 1,884 yards weren't enough to lead the Jayhawks to many wins, perhaps indicative of larger problems in Lawrence.

Webb gets his first snaps on September 1 as the Buffs take on rival Colorado State in the Rocky Mountain Showdown in Denver.

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