Alright, so last week before KU played McNeese State, we outlined 5 things to watch for, this week, each day we will go over one of those five things and see how it turned out. Last week’s number one thing to look for was how well Jordan Webb did at quarterback. Well my initial impression is that Jordan Webb did pretty good. The competition was inferior but he most certainly looked more comfortable and much stronger in the position than he did last year. You saw a little bit more of what Turner Gill wants this offense to be, and that is why I believe Webb won’t make it the entire season. The spread option, similar to what Florida, Auburn, or Oregon runs was in full effect and Webb showed that he didn’t quite fit that offense. Whatever Jordan Webb may be, I don’t believe he is athletic enough to run this offense the way Gill wants it.
That being said, when it came to passing Webb was incredibly efficient and had a line as follows:
7/10, 146 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT; 8 CAR, 27 yds, 1 TD.
He looked to have good command of the offense and was a leader on the field. He had a few hiccups getting the play called and in on time, but other than that he looked to be comfortable in his role on the field. Part of the problem was that his offensive line wasn’t giving him enough time back there, and if that’s the case against FCS McNeese State, then going up against Texas and Oklahoma will not be pretty for the Jayhawks.
Overall, as mentioned earlier, Webb has a good feel for the offense and knows what needs to be done, but I worry that as a QB he doesn’t contain the athleticism that is needed to run the spread option effectively. Webb needs to be a threat to run in order for KU to be successful and 8 carries for 27 yards won’t cut it. The running backs were a great showing (more on that later this week) but this offense is all predicated on the QB and I think Gill will be frustrated enough with Webb’s lack of athleticism that he gets pulled in about game 4 or 5.