Webb joined the CU program in late July after completing all his degree requirements at the University of Kansas.
He took advantage of an NCAA rule which allows a player to continue his career, provided if he has time remaining on his 5-year eligibility clock, and the school he transfers to has a program that is not offered at his previous university.
He started 19 games at Kansas (4-15 record), throwing for 3,079 yards with 20 touchdowns and 20 interceptions.
"You know how I am," Embree said. "If I feel it's right, I'm going with it." Webb and sophomores Nick Hirschman and Connor Wood (a transfer from Texas) separated from three others at the position fairly quickly, but it took only eight days of training camp for Webb to emerge as the clear-cut leader in the minds of the coaches.
"He's been very accurate," Embree said of Webb, who stands 6-1 and weighs 205, the smallest of the three as he gave up a couple of inches and 20 or so pounds to his competitors.
"He's showed good discipline in taking care of the football. He makes plays. There were a lot of things he had to overcome, being in town for all of three weeks, learning an entire new system, while competing for a starting job."
"Obviously, the experience shows, the poise shows," added CU quarterbacks coach Rip Scherer.
"He was able to transfer terminology. Concepts are concepts, but he was able to transfer the terminology relatively quickly. There's still a learning curve for him, but he really progressed quicker than I thought he would."
Embree said the decision to select Webb as the starter was his but it came with plenty of staff input.
"As a staff - offense and defense - it's something we talk about. When we're looking at tape, we're seeing the same thing. The defensive staff doesn't know some of the details, but when they see No. 4 (Webb) doing the things he's done, it's impressive. He's just got a good grasp and real good feel for things."
Webb is majoring in Educational Equity and Cultural Diversity at Colorado; he graduated from the KU last month with a degree in Psychology (and a minor in Public Policy).
Embree said that the backup has not yet been determined and that Hirschman and Wood will continue their battle for the second-team spot.
Colorado opens the season two weeks from Saturday, on Sept. 1 against Colorado State at Sports Authority Field in Denver. Kickoff will be at 2 p.m. and the game will be televised nationally by FX. Tickets are available for the game at CUBuffs.com.
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