Colorado coach Jon Embree named Kansas transfer Jordan Webb as his starting quarterback.
Webb, a grad student with two years of eligibility remaining, beat out sophomores Connor Wood and Nick Hirschman in the competition to replace graduated senior Tyler Hansen.
Webb, who threw for 3,079 yards with 20 touchdowns and 20 interceptions while going 4-15 with the Jayhawks, joined the Colorado program late last month after completing all his degree requirements at Kansas.
He took advantage of an NCAA rule that allows a player to continue his career, provided he has time remaining on his five-year eligibility clock, and the school he transfers to has a program that is not offered at his previous university.
Webb is majoring in educational equity and cultural diversity at Colorado after graduating from Kansas last month with a degree in psychology and a minor in public policy.
“He makes plays,” Embree said. “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.”
HOLT TO ARKANSAS
Arkansas confirmed hiring former University of Washington defensive coordinator Nick Holt as on-campus recruiting coordinator, which was reported last week.
Holt previously worked with Arkansas coach John L. Smith at Idaho and at Louisville. He replaces Jessica Dorrell, the mistress of then-coach Bobby Petrino whose hiring eventually played a part in Petrino’s firing.
About 20 colleges have asked LSU for permission to speak with All-America cornerback and punt returner Tyrann “Honey Badger” Mathieu, who finished fifth in the voting for the Heisman Trophy last season.
Herb Vincent, the university’s vice chancellor of communications, said LSU only considers granting requests to schools Mathieu has approved.
Mathieu was kicked off the team Friday for the latest of several failed drug tests. He has not yet announced his plans for this season.
Reports said Mathieu is considering staying at LSU and pleading for reinstatement next season.
Maryland redshirt junior quarterback C.J. Brown, who took over as the starter last season, will miss the entire season with a knee injury. He tore his right anterior cruciate ligament during a non-contract practice session Tuesday. ... Johnny Manziel will start the opener for Texas A&M against Louisiana Tech on Aug. 30 as the Aggies prepare for their first season in the Southeastern Conference, replacing Ryan Tannehill, the eighth overall pick in the NFL draft. ... Nebraska redshirt freshman offensive lineman Ryan Klachko, a top recruit when he was in high school in Illinois, transferred to the Illini. ... Former Florida State senior cornerback Greg Reid, who was kicked off the team this month for violating a team rule, has enrolled at Division II Valdosta State. ... Georgia State coach Bill Curry announced he will retire after the season. He was hired in 2008 to start the program and led the Panthers to a 6-5 record in their inaugural 2010 season.