I had the pleasure of reading an awesome post on RRS this morning that I wanted to summarize and pass along to the DTN faithful. Let me preface by saying my gut told me Sticks was going to win this job. Let me further say, that despite my poor prediction, I am not surprised or overly worried that Potts is taking the helm against SMU. Part of my confidence comes from the fact that POTTS IS NOT, AND NEVER WAS........a practice QB.
Much has been made here and elsewhere about Potts being chosen by now two different staffs because "he looks good in practice", but that once the game time speed and rush comes, he folds like a a cheap lawn chair under KWASHBURN. Well folks, a quick look back at Spring Practice and Fall Camp reports from 2009 prove this myth to be just that....an inconvenient falsehood.
The facts are that Potts struggled throughout 2009's Spring drills, and Sheffield dazzled, including a strong performance at the Spring Game that help catapult Sticks past Seth Doege (the Scholarship QB Leach earmarked to replace Potts). Potts went on to struggle in Fall camp, and as RRS points out, the blogosphere began grumbling that perhaps Sticks was the better QB as early as August 2009. There is zero evidence that Potts' impressive practice skills in 2009 led top his selection by Leach to the starting QB role. In fact, the only QB who was able to use practice performance to catapult themselves into contention was none other than Sticks Sheffield.
Why these facts give me hope. For the first time ever, POTTS IS PRACTICING WELL. So well in fact, that for the first time in two years he looks like the best QB right now based on practice results. Something he could not say a year ago. Garbage in, garbage out. Potts practiced poorly last spring and fall, and that spilled over into the season in 2009. Given that he is practicing at such a high level now, I have no reason to believe that that too will not spill into the 2010 season. Gents contrary to what has been said here over and over, for the first time in 2 years, the QB who had the best practice results will be the starting QB for Tech. I would'nt have guessed it, but congrats Taylor, lead us to the promise land son. Wreck'em Tech.