Webb's Playing Days May Be Over For CU
By Alex Schultz
Jordan Webb has potentially given Colorado football coaches and fans yet another reason why he shouldn't be considered for the Buffs' starting quarterback job in 2013.
In fact, Webb will be lucky if he's able to suit up and see a football field ever again.
On May 12, Webb and former CU offensive lineman Alex Lewis, who announced the week before that he would be transferring to Nebraska, were arrested in Boulder after witnesses said they beat an Air Force Academy cadet unconscious.
According to witnesses cited in the police report, Lewis pushed Lee Bussey's head into a brick wall before Lewis and Webb pushed the cadet to the ground and began punching him.
Webb was charged four days after the incident with one count of second-degree assault. Lewis' attorney, Donald Brenner, has maintained that his client was not the aggressor in the incident, but the situation does not make the two players look good either way.
Even if Webb is ultimately exonerated, he's a banged-up player with average skills who can only watch now as better quarterbacks vie for the starting job.
Webb transferred to CU from Kansas in July as a graduate student. For the Jayhawks, he started 19 games and threw just as many touchdowns as interceptions (20).
For the Buffs, he hasn't done any better. Last season, he started 10 games and again tossed just as many touchdowns as interceptions (eight).
Then, during a non-contact drill in April, Webb tore his ACL when he made a cut on the run. The 6-foot-1, 215-pounder had missed much of spring drills before his knee injury because of a hand injury suffered during a different practice.
Combine all of this with the fact that first-year Colorado head coach Mike MacIntyre on Saturday snagged another quarterback, junior-college transfer Jordan Gehrke from Ventura, Calif., and Webb's collegiate career looks bleak.
So unless Webb's skills vastly improve during the next four months, his knee heals at Adrian Peterson pace, and he's able to navigate the legal system and come out clean on the other side, don't expect to see him on the playing field again.