QB Breakdown

Taylor Potts and Steven Sheffield will battle for the position that has everyone around the Big 12 and nation wondering who will win.

RaiderPower.com writers will take a look at the different positions each day over the next few weeks as Texas Tech continues through fall camp.

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The unfortunate injuries to both Taylor Potts and Steven Sheffield added more uncertainty to an already cloudy situation for the new coaching staff. Both are seniors and have demonstrated the ability to lead the team. The challenge now is for the new coaching staff to determine who fits best in Offensive Coordinator Neal Brown's version of the spread offense. While head coach Tommy Tuberville said that both players demonstrate strong arms and the ability to throw the deep ball – something they want to do more this season – the biggest piece will be the leadership qualities of each player as well as knowing when to tuck the ball and keep from turning it over. Sheffield has questions surrounding his durability while Potts will have to prove doubters wrong that he can protect the ball and not force passes in tight coverage, which resulted in 13 interceptions last season.


 Texas Tech has an embarrassment of riches at the QB spot. Seth Doege, Jacob Karam, and true freshman Scotty Young all await their turn to show the coaching staff their skills. It is indeed, a very nice situation for the Red Raiders should one or both of the seniors suffer an injury. Don't bet on Scotty Young playing this year, but as we saw last season, anything can happen in the Big 12.


Bottom Line

Tuberville will hold a couple of scrimmages to evaluate both Potts and Sheffield. Then he and offensive coordinator Neal Brown with the other assistants, will name a starter and progress from there as game preparations for SMU loom just around the corner. That should give the new starter about two weeks to practice with the first-team offense for the full time each day. A slight edge might go to Steven Sheffield just based on his ability to run the ball, and his accuracy he displayed while he was healthy last season. In the three games he was at full speed (New Mexico, Kansas State, Nebraska) Sheffield won all three, throwing for 962 yards and 11 touchdowns with only two interceptions. He also led the country with a 75 percent completion percentage.

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