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July 27, 2006

Webb leaving K-State for NAIA school

Quarterback Allen Webb has announced his intention to transfer away from the Kansas State program, making him the second Wildcat quarterback to leave Manhattan since the end of spring practice. Webb's departure leaves K-State with sophomore Allan Evridge, senior Dylan Meier and true freshman Josh Freeman as the options at quarterback.

Webb will transfer to Texas College, an NAIA school in Tyler, Texas, after having his scholarship lifted by K-State coach Ron Prince. Webb is just three credits shy of graduation. "I understand the message being given to me," Webb said in a release first reported in this morning's edition of the Wichita Eagle.

The status of the 6-foot-3, 210-pound Webb has been in question essentially since the start of spring practice when he initially appeared to be away from the program before returning after practices had already began. Webb participated with the team in offseason workouts and was included in the recently released media guide.

According to a source, Webb had attempted to transfer to an NCAA Division I-AA school but his previous transfer to K-State from Indiana made transferring within NCAA institutions difficult under NCAA rules.

A Denver native, Webb started 10 games for the Wildcats in the past two years but was perhaps more valuable coming off the bench, as he led K-State to comeback wins against Missouri in each of the last two seasons. Webb completed 111 of 199 passes for 1,371 yards and 12 touchdowns during the past two seasons, throwing nine interceptions.

Webb will be eligible immediately at Texas College, which has an enrollment of 870. The Steers went were 7-4 last season and shared the Central States Football League championship with Langston.

"As I leave K-State, I want to thank my teammates and wish them well this season," Webb said in his release. "But most of all, I want to thank the fans for their support during my highs and lows, specifically those who encouraged me after this year's spring game and made me feel welcomed at the university."

With Webb and Washington State transfer Kevin Lopina now out of the picture the starting job will fall to either Evridge, who started most of the 2005 season, Meier, the starter throughout much of 2004, and the highly touted Freeman, who arrived at K-State in time for spring drills with hopes of competing immediately in the fall.


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