LUBBOCK, Texas — One look from Texas Tech head coach Tommy Tuberville told the whole story when it came to what he saw on film from Saturday's scrimmage and who played better at quarterback between Steven Sheffield and Taylor Potts.
"Sheffield pretty much said what everybody saw out here," Tuberville said. "He didn't have a very good day and Taylor did. That happens and that's the reason we're going to go through both scrimmages to give us a true insight on just who the best guy is.
"As I told them, it wasn't about running the offense or completing passes. It was about having poise and there was no doubt that Taylor had a better day."
Tuberville did mention that Sheffield recovered nicely during both practices on Monday and showed that he is learning from his mistakes.
He did much better," Tuberville said. "He just has to stay under control and keep his poise. I think that was his biggest factor was he was just a little too keyed up in wanting to compete. I think things will be a lot closer come this weekend."
Tech will have its second team scrimmage on Saturday around 10 a.m. Tuberville and offensive coordinator Neal Brown will then take Sunday to evaluate film on both Potts and Sheffield to decide who the better quarterback is to take the starting position.
On The Line
This week will be the final week for players to be declared as active or redshirts for the 2010 season.
One player who all the coaches would have liked to redshirt this season is freshman offensive lineman Beau Carpenter. But Carpenter, who enrolled in the spring and went through spring workouts and summer conditioning, has made it pretty much impossible for the coaches to do so.
Add in the depth issue on the offensive line and Tuberville was ready to admit that there is no doubt in his mind Carpenter will play as a true freshman this season.
"We're not going to be able to do that," Tuberville said. "We don't have enough depth. I'd love to say that we are going to go throughout the season and play the same five or six offensive linemen, but that's not going to happen. Never happened in my career.
"We've got to have a good two-deep. Beau is in the two-deep. He's going to have to help us. He'll probably play a couple of positions. He's a young guy that went through the spring. Very few offensive linemen play as freshmen, but he's kind of like a sophomore after going through the spring and learning what's going on. He got stronger in the offseason and he's going to be a good football player."
Justin Keown has solidified himself at the center position while Lonnie Edwards (LG) and Chris Olson (RT) are the other two who remain as starters at their positions. Mickey Okafor, Deveric Gallington and LaAdrian Waddle appear to be the frontrunners for the other two spots, along with Carpenter.
Terry McDaniel, who started four games last season before going out with a season-ending injury against Nebraska, is still battling but Brown said he would like to see him get "his mental game" more focused.
Tech president Guy Bailey and his wife spoke to the team before practice began on Monday. Tuberville said the Red Raider will get a second guest speaker when former NFL player Troy Vincent stops by fall camp to speak to the players about a number of issues.
Vincent is currently touring different college campuses to speak on different subjects on the NFL's behalf.
"He'll speak to us for about an hour," Tuberville said. "We'll talk about agents. Talk about what it means to be a college football player and being able to handle that and the outside interferences. It's somebody that they can all kind of relate to. … Hopefully he'll be able to shed some light on what's going on in pro and college football and all the problems that are going on."