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Monday, August 30, 2010
Taylor Potts won job after 1st scrimmage

By Jeff Caplan

Texas Tech starting quarterback Taylor Potts won the job during fall camp on the strength of a solid first scrimmage, beating out fellow senior Steven Sheffield.

"The biggest thing, as we told them, we weren't looking necessarily for the completion average or anything like that. It was just who was able to move the football team, mentally and physically, talking to players, getting them going," first-year Tech coach Tommy Tuberville said. "The first scrimmage, it wasn't even close. Taylor did a good job of handling the team, from communication, huddle, line of scrimmage, making decisions. Steven, he struggled a little bit. The next week Steven had a great week of practice, he was very close the second scrimmage, but again, I thought the separation of the first was awfully hard to overcome."

Tuberville said Potts has been impressive since being awarded the starting job. He started 10 games last season, throwing for 3,440 yards and 22 touchdowns. Injuries, however, opened the door for Sheffield, who played in six games last season and also experienced injuries. Both were hurt during spring workouts.

"Two seniors with a lot of experience," Tuberville said. "They understood the competition going in, knowing that one would win out, the other would be second. It could have gone either way, but as we've told Steven, just be ready to go. He's taken advantage of every rep that he's had in practice and also has been a good leader."

Tuberville said that he was less concerned with how Potts would perform as Sunday's season-opener against SMU gets closer, and more concerned with how Sheffield would handle a difficult situation.

"Around the players -- because all the players knew how much competition it was -- he did a great job. He's a good, young man," Tuberville said. "He understands the situation, that he's one play away from being the starter and I thought both of them handled the week very well and I think it's going to be a good situation."