QB Quandary Leaves Fans In Suspense Prior To Raider/Husker Showdown

Todd TimberlakeContributor IOctober 16, 2009

AUSTIN, TX - SEPTEMBER 19:  Head coach Mike Leach of the Texas Tech Red Raiders during play against the Texas Longhorns at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on September 19, 2009 in Austin, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Midway through the 2009 Season, and two starting QBs later, The Raiders are marching to the beat of the Mad Professor/Pirate once more. With a possible mutiny on hand after a brief Twitter scandal which saw the suspension of Brandon Carter, Leach and company rallied together to stomp Kansas State in a demonstration of offensive domination.  A team that has seen almost every imaginable bump in the proverbial road, Tech aims to overcome the scandals and adversity and continue the offensive success.  However, the big question as of late is, who will be leading the charge in the QB position?

It has been evidenced and solidified in the minds of most Raider fans, that this team has the talent, determination, and stamina to succeed against ANY opponent.  Taylor Potts, proved in the 10 point loss to the Texas Longhorns that he is a solid leader, and has the drive, and toughness, both mental and physical, to play any opponent on the roster without breaking down.  However, some may have qualms with his tendencies to make poor decisions when shaken from the pocket.  Stephen Sheffield, whom most had not even heard of until the fourth quarter against the Rice Owls, has stepped up for the injured Potts, and has proven that he, quite possibly, has every bit the talent necessary to take over the starting QB position.  Furthermore, for two kids with very little prior play time, both have stepped up in an uncanny fashion that is on par with the likes of Kliff Kingsbury, Sonny Cumbie, and Graham Harrell.  As the suspense mounts, Leach has spoken of this particular quandary, and the uncertainty of the decision for the next starting QB.  He responded in an interview when asked if the quarterback decision will be a game-time decision, a game-time announcement, or if the media should just assume that it's a game-time decision:

"Well, all of the above. Not to do anything to diminish the excitement and anticipation of a game-time decision because I think that would screw up the whole thing and then we'd be less 'big-time' around here and that would certainly be disturbing to everybody. I think that the biggest thing is we're going to look at practice and see how people do in practice and see how they play in practice and perform in practice."

And so it seems that the Mad Professor is at it again. This may perhaps be all part of his master plan, but fans will just have to wait and see which player he will choose to march the team out on the field for Saturday’s bout in Lincoln.  It is evident that if the same team comes out to play against the Cornhuskers that came out against KSU sevens days prior, there will no doubt be victory bells ringing all over Lubbock, Texas come Saturday evening.