Tommy Tuberville inherited the most unusual of position battles pitting two capable senior quarterbacks. Tuberville has made it clear that he is no fan of rotating QBs, so either Taylor Potts or Steven Sheffield will emerge as the undisputed starter as Texas Tech begins a new era.
Potts can seemingly nail down the job with a crisp second scrimmage on Saturday. After last weekend's initial scrimmage that was closed to media and fans, Potts came out ahead, even according to Sheffield, who gave his own performance a harsh assessment.
"If you take this scrimmage and look at it from an outsider looking in, there's no way you can say I did better than Potts," Sheffield said following the scrimmage. "Of course I hurt my chances and I'm just going to have to work hard and make it up this next week and make it up when the next scrimmage rolls around."
Later, Tuberville said Sheffield's self-assessment was an accurate one.
"Sheffield pretty much said what everybody saw out here as players and coaches: He didn't have a very good day and Taylor did. That happens," Tuberville told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. "That's the reason we're going to go through both scrimmages, to give a true insight of who the best guy is."
Both quarterback have started games for the Red Raiders and have had success, including in last year's exciting Alamo Bowl win over Michigan State. Both have thrown seven touchdowns in a single game. Both have been stung by injuries.
Now both come into Saturday's final scrimmage realizing, with what will be 15 days left until the Sept. 5 opener against SMU, that their fates -- at least to start the season -- will soon be decided.