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Tuesday, July 27, 2010
For Tech's Sheffield, Potts, QB race is on

By Jeff Caplan

IRVING, Texas -- Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville has two senior quarterbacks -- both of whom have started and won games -- and one very difficult decision to make during fall camp.

Steven Sheffield and Taylor Potts are both capable signal callers, but only one will start. Tuberville reiterated Tuesday that he will not deal with rotating quarterbacks. One will start. The other will sit.

The competition officially started Tuesday at the Westin DFW during Day 2 of the Big 12 Media Days. Coaches typically bring three players with them to meet the media. Tuberville brought three, and two were his quarterbacks.

"I wanted to see how they handled themselves in front of [the media] and the TV cameras," Tuberville said. "So this is just part of their growing process, coming here today. And, at the end of the day, we'll have a vote and we'll let you [the media] pick out the starter. That will make it a little easier on me."

The last part was a joke (Tuberville had several good ones).

"What we'll do is we'll go into two-a-days and I want to get at least two scrimmages with both," Tuberville said. "It's going to be tough to make a decision, but one will stand out. We look at everything from how they handle the pre-game all the way to how they handle the meeting at the end of the scrimmage."

A starter will likely be named a couple weeks before the Sept. 5 opener at home against SMU.