I'm sure Taylor Potts felt just awful for fellow senior/friendly rival Steven Sheffield when a broken foot sidelined Sheffield for the remainder of spring practice earlier this week, leaving Potts essentially all alone in Texas Tech's neck-and-neck quarterback derby. Still, less than 48 hours later, karma decided to even up the race a bit:
Tech quarterback Taylor Potts is expected to miss the rest of spring practice with the throwing-hand injury he suffered this week, head coach Tommy Tuberville said after Friday's workout.
On Wednesday, Potts hit a helmet as he followed through on a pass, cutting the webbing between his right index and middle fingers.
"He cut it pretty good in the middle — very good — and he got six deep stitches," Tuberville said. “We’re not going to take any chances with it. After about seven, eight, nine days we’ll look at it and see if he can throw a little bit."
You don't see "webbing" listed on too many injury reports. But assuming Potts has normal levels of hemoglobin to repair the gash, it's still not quite as concerning as Sheffield's foot, the same foot that sidelined him for most of the second half of the season in '09 after just two starts in place of Potts, who had been knocked out with a concussion against New Mexico. Another bruise on Potts' brain definitely would be cause for concern, which is not a valid excuse for any of the many Raider fans rooting for Sheffield to win the job to sneak up on Potts for a steel chair shot. (Seriously, it's not, though in a pinch Sergio Kindle knows how to make these things look like an accident.) In any case, neither will continue with crucial reps in new offensive coordinator Neal Brown's spread attack, an advantage for sophomore Seth Doege, who takes over first-team reps with an eye on entering the scrum his own self.
Sheffield, you may recall, was the obscure backup who came on to rip Kansas State into tiny purple ribbons with a 490-yard, seven-touchdown effort in his first start last October, and later came off the bench to lead the game-winning touchdown drive in the Alamo Bowl win over Michigan State; statistically, he was significantly better than Potts, who took about three times as many snaps but also far more heat for presiding over all four of the Raiders' losses, especially the inexplicable home flop against reeling Texas A&M. Now they've got another five months of arguing and poring over the comparison, minimum.