LUBBOCK, TX (NEWS RELEASE) – Taylor Potts, a preseason candidate for the 2010 Davey O'Brien Award, has been named the starting quarterback for the Red Raiders and will take his first official snaps of the season in two weeks against SMU.
"We have a very talented group of quarterbacks and are excited about every one of them," said Texas Tech head coach Tommy Tuberville. "The competition during camp between Taylor (Potts) and Steven (Sheffield) has been outstanding but at the end of the day we can only have one starter. Taylor has done a tremendous job and we feel like he has gotten better each and every day. There is no doubt that Steven has also improved during camp and will still be fighting to take over that starting job every day at practice. That kind of competition will only make us stronger as the season goes along."
Potts, a senior gunslinger from Abilene, Texas, made 10 starts in 2009 and threw for 3,440 yards along with 22 touchdowns. He wrapped up the 2009 season in impressive fashion as he threw for 372 yards and two touchdowns on 29-of-43 passing against Michigan State in the Valero Alamo Bowl. That effort paced the Red Raiders to a 41-31 win over the Spartans and after the game he was named the offensive most valuable player.
Earlier this summer, Potts won the annual "Air It Out" competition at the prestigious Manning Passing Academy in Thibodaux, La.
Potts has completed his degree in exercise and sports science and will be in his fifth season with the Texas Tech football program after redshirting in 2006.