Potts, Sheffield to compete for QB job

Updated: February 5, 2010, 2:14 PM ET
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com

DALLAS -- New Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville, not a fan of alternating quarterbacks, will let seniors Taylor Potts and Steven Sheffield compete for the starting job before choosing one to lead the offense for the 2010 season.

"We'll have one quarterback," Tuberville said to a handful of media before talking to about 700 Red Raiders fans at the Hilton Anatole as part of a recruiting tour of Houston and Dallas on Thursday. "You need one where everyone looks at this guy as the guy and one that will win games for us."

Potts started the 2009 season, but was later replaced by Sheffield. The offensive staff, with Mike Leach as head coach, alternated them at times throughout the season.

Potts finished with 3,440 passing yards (309-of-470) and 22 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Sheffield got his first action in October, but took advantage of the opportunity in starting a few games. He had 1,219 passing yards (101-for-136) and 14 touchdowns with four interceptions.

Potts started the Alamo Bowl against Michigan State, but Sheffield came in late in the fourth quarter and led the Red Raiders on the winning drive. He was 6-for-6 for 75 yards and a touchdown on that drive in Tech's 41-31 win.

"I told them, 'We have no preconceived notions. The best will play,' " Tuberville said. "The quarterback has to be the leader of the team. Everyone looks up to them. They have to be held a little more accountable in terms of leadership.

"I want them to be vocal and be a coach on the field. Both have a chance to do that. Competition brings championships."

Richard Durrett covers colleges for ESPN Dallas. You can follow him on Twitter or leave a question for his weekly mailbag.

Richard Durrett joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He writes about colleges, the Dallas Stars and the Texas Rangers. Richard spent nine years at The Dallas Morning News covering the Rangers, Stars, colleges, motorsports and high schools.

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