Tuberville won’t alternate QBs at Texas Tech

No matter who ends up winning the quarterback competition at Texas Tech — Steven Sheffield or Taylor Potts — new head coach Tommy Tuberville will not play musical chairs at the position.

While both signal-callers are more than capable of leading the Red Raiders’ offense, Tuberville said that he will not alternate them by series or quarter once a starter is named.

“I think it's going to be a heck of a competition for the next few weeks,” Tuberville said. “I haven't been around two quarterbacks like this in a long time. They're both very, very good athletically, and they can get the job done. It's going to be tough. We'll make a decision. We will not have rotating quarterbacks. I don't believe in having one guy go out one series and one the next. We won't do that.”

With the offense essentially remaining the same under new coordinator Neal Brown — with the exception of terminology and how plays are relayed to the signal-caller — the Red Raiders should continue to score points in bunches in 2010. But Tuberville has a decision to make under center between a pair of seniors.

Both Sheffield and Potts missed most of spring practice with injuries. Potts, the Week 1 starter in 2009, suffered a serious laceration to his throwing hand, while the former walk-on Sheffield re-broke his foot after stepping on a teammate’s foot. Both underwent surgery and will be healthy for fall camp, but their injuries did little to settle the quarterback derby. Sheffield looked to have a slight edge when both went down, but the competition will certainly be intense in the fall.

“If we have a starter, then we'll have a scenario where we might put a quarterback in just to change the momentum of the game or change the different type of formations that they'll run,” Tuberville said. “We'll have a game plan of our own. We'll have a starting quarterback for the first game.”

Knowing that he will not be on a short leash and not having to look over his shoulder after every play should allow the chosen starter to relax even more while running the offense. However, it’s hard not to think that both quarterbacks will see the field at some point in the fall.

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