Sheffield wasn't slowed down by his injury or oversized shoes

November, 18, 2009
11/18/09
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Texas Tech quarterback Steven Sheffield played last week, only four weeks after undergoing surgery on a broken left foot.

While Sheffield could not complete last week’s game against Oklahoma State, his teammates were amazed as his courage by trying to play through the injury -- particularly as his injured foot was protected by material that coach Mike Leach described as “something Forrest Gump would have worn.”

Sheffield was fitted with an orthopedic shoe, but teammates marveled at his ability to run despite the injury and his equipment.

“To go out there on a broken foot, that says a lot about a guy,” Tech linebacker Bront Bird said. “His shoe looked like a clown shoe. It was about a size 16 with all kinds of padding and stuff like that. He was hobbling around out there.”

And senior tackle Marlon Winn, who is 6-foot-6 and more than 300 pounds, said his shoes aren’t nearly as big as those worn by the junior quarterback.

“I think it is an amazing thing. It’s something I’ve never seen anything like it,” Winn said. “The amount of work and craftsmanship that went into that thing is awesome. You have to see it in person. It’s really cool and it’s bigger than mine -- way bigger than mine.”

Quarterback Taylor Potts started the game and played the first four series in the Red Raiders’ 24-17 loss. Sheffield entered the game midway through the second quarter and played until the middle of the fourth quarter, completing 16-of-23 passes for 117 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions. He lost 19 yards on his only rushing attempt against the Cowboys.

Tech’s starting quarterback for Oklahoma is expected to be a game-time decision.

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