April 2, 2007

Got your back!

For the first time in four years, the Texas Tech football program has begun spring practice without a legitimate battle for the starting quarterback spot. Junior Graham Harrell has a stranglehold on the position and has put in a near-flawless performance so far this spring.

Still, it wouldn't be an off-season in Raiderland without some type of quarterback competition and this spring is no different.

Last Friday, senior quarterback Ryan Rowland's name was officially taken off the roster, blowing the back-up position up into a wide-open, head-to-head battle between redshirt freshmen Taylor Potts and Steven Sheffield.

Even though it is only for the number two spot, in traditional Mike Leach fashion, the Red Raiders' head coach is not giving any indication as to how the two gunslingers stack up against each other.

"I think he's just riding it right now," says Potts. "I don't know who's ahead of who, but I think he's going to ride it as long as he can because he just has to have one this year, so it's me and [Sheffield]."

And so, they're off… the race between the two young signal callers has officially begun. Fans who automatically give Potts the inside track because of his scholarship status may be making a hasty assumption.

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