Webb's Future In Question After Arrest
By Christopher Wuensch
Not all was joyous in Boulder this weekend as the University of Colorado campus celebrated graduation.
Colorado quarterback Jordan Webb and former Buffs’ offensive lineman Alex Lewis were arrested Saturday on two counts of second-degree assault, according to the Denver Post, citing a Boulder County Sheriff’s report.
Details of the incident are still sketchy and head coach Mike MacIntyre and the Buffs are reserved in their comments while an investigation ensues.
For Webb, the incident opens up questions about his future as incumbent quarterback in Boulder.
Last year, the grad-senior started 10 games for the Buffaloes, leading CU with 1,434 passing and as many touchdowns (8) as interceptions. Webb had seen his starting job in jeopardy, however, as a slew of young QBs jumped on the Buffs’ quarterback carousel.
Lewis, a junior, announced last week that he was transferring to Nebraska.
The left guard’s discipline, if any, will be up to NU head coach Bo Pelini and the Cornhuskers.
"Once all of the facts come to light, if Jordan is found responsible for any misconduct, he will be disciplined according to team rules," said MacIntyre via a press release, according to Sporting News.
"As for Alex Lewis, as of Friday he was off of the team when he did a media interview and announced that he is transferring to Nebraska. Since he is no longer a Colorado Buffalo, it will be up to Nebraska to decide what discipline he might face."
Whether Webb will be exonerated, suspended or worse remains to be seen as the facts come to life.
Regardless of the outcome, getting caught up in an off-the-field dust-up can’t favor Webb, who will be struggling for playing time when he returns from an anterior cruciate ligament tear suffered in spring practice.
Webb was the Buffs’ starter last season, stepping into a role unclaimed by sophomores Connor Wood and Nick Hirschman.
Hirschman has since announced that he’ll transfer and be eligible to play immediately after graduating this weekend a year early. Wood is viewed as the starter with Hirshman’s transfer.
Wood tossed for 265 yards last season and one touchdown to go along with four picks. He picked up new head coach Mike MacIntyre’s well this spring, connecting on 11 of 16 passes for 205 yards in the Black and Gold Spring Game.
That included building a solid rapport with top receiver Paul Richardson. The combo hooked up for 169 yards through the air, highlighted by an 85-yard scoring strike.
Prior to Saturday’s incident, Webb had already witnessed his potential playing time slip. The grad student needed two off-season surgeries on his throwing hand. Right about the time the hand was healing in March, the ACL injury followed.
It’s a quick fall for Webb, who connected on 54.3 percent of his passes last season.
The Union, Mo., native — who arrived in Boulder as a grad-student transfer from Kansas — has a year of eligibility left, but it’s hard imagining a team taking on an injury-prone transfer who won’t be able to suit up until October at the earliest.
With Wood seemingly having wrapped up the starting job and highly-touted, three-star quarterback Sefo Liufau arriving in the fall from Tacoma, Wash. (Bellarmine Prep), Webb is looking at third string or possibly even scout team duties upon his return — especially with young quarterbacks Shane Dillon, Stevie Joe Dorman and veteran John Schrock also on the roster.
Of course, should Wood and Liufau struggle, a healthy Webb could add some experienced, late-season relief for the Buffs.
Time will tell as Colorado’s quarterbacking carousel continues to spin.