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Derrick Webb emerges as leader for Colorado

With injuries to upperclassmen, the junior linebacker fills the Buffs' leadership void.

Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

Colorado Buffaloes junior linebacker Derrick Webb has been one of the few bright spots for the program during their 1-4 start. Webb has recorded 37 tackles from his weakside linebacker position. More importantly, he has emerged as a leader on a defense struggling with the loss of two senior leaders who have missed time with injury.

As Brian Howell of Buffzone.com reports, Webb has embraced his new role:

"I continue to play my game and continue to try to bring guys along the best way I can," he said. "There's nothing wrong with having emotional leaders."

"What's more important to me is the mental aspect of it," Webb said. "I want to make sure guys are ready to go, ready to play, ready to finish out this season strong and know that we've still got a goal to accomplish. As long as I can get that into them and hold that mindset and spread it around the locker room, I feel like our season will be able to finish out pretty strong."

Webb has moved from a mere contributor on the Buffs defense to one of its most crucial components. He has played more snaps at linebacker than any other player, and is near the team lead in tackles. Nevertheless, Webb continues to contribute on Colorado's special teams.

"I usually try to let my play and my work ethic speak for me, but when I feel like it's time for something to be said, I don't have a problem speaking to my teammates," the junior said.

Colorado has the week off. The Buffaloes return to action against Arizona State on Oct. 11.