Jayhawks Notebook: Webb’s poise is a plus

By Aaron Cede�o
Phog.net Senior Writer�

In a lot of ways, Jordan Webb’s first career start as a collegian couldn’t have gone any better.�

Sure the yardage stats versus Georgia Tech a week ago weren’t eye-popping (179 yards) but tack on solid accuracy (62-percent completion rate), three touchdowns and a single unfortunate interception, and one has the makings of a solid performance.�

Unfortunately, things didn’t go as well in start number two.�

On a humid Friday night in front of an amped-up home crowd in Hattiesburg, Miss., the redshirt freshman was never able to get the Kansas Jayhawks on track offensively. Until senior wide receiver Jonathan Wilson broke free late in the fourth quarter for a 41-yard touchdown reception, Webb had yet to accumulate 100 yards passing. He finished the night 16-of-26 for 138 yards and one touchdown, as the Jayhawks fell to the Golden Eagles of Southern Miss by a score of 31-16.�

However, one shouldn’t place responsibility for the loss solely on Webb’s shoulders. Offensive line breakdowns saw the young gunslinger sacked four times, and pressured far more frequently. The running game, so resurgent against Georgia Tech, never proved to be much of a factor.�

On Monday, Head Coach Turner Gill said Webb wasn’t perfect last week, but that he admired his toughness.�

“I thought he was maybe somewhat inconsistent,” he explained. “But I really came away (thinking of) it even better, just because I liked the way he competed. I liked the way he kept his poise through the majority of the game. So there were some pluses there from that standpoint.”

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