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Tech's Sheffield to miss remainder of spring

3/31/2010

Hey, remember that quarterback battle at Texas Tech I told you about the other day?

Might have to hold off on that for a bit.

Texas Tech quarterback Steven Sheffield, in tight competition with Taylor Potts for the starting job, will miss the remainder of spring after undergoing surgery on his injured foot, a team spokesman confirmed this afternoon.

Sheffield missed time for an injury to the same foot last season.

Sheffield suffered the injury on Monday, two days after outplaying Potts in a scrimmage on Saturday.

He accounted for 222 yards and two touchdowns on 18-of-25 passing and also ran for a score. Potts completed 13 of 25 passes for 141 yards and a touchdown.

Now, the opportunity for Potts to take at least a slight lead in the race for the starting job heading into the fall seems imminent. He'll have more reps in coordinator Neal Brown's new offense, which runs at a faster tempo than the system both quarterbacks performed in last season. Potts and Sheffield were receiving equal reps before the injury, but the likely scenario is for Potts to take control of the majority of the practice snaps, ahead of Seth Doege.

Red Raiders coach Tommy Tuberville was expected to comment further on the injury after today's practice. The surgery shouldn't force Sheffield out of any practice in the fall.