|12 Taylor Potts
Named first team All-Big 12 Academic... NCAA RANKINGS: third in passing (28.38 completions/game)... tied for fourth in passing touchdowns (35)... tied for seventh in points responsible for per game (17.08)... tied for eighth in total passing yards (3,726)... tied for ninth in passing yards per game (286.62)... 18th in total offense/game (286.92)... 32nd in passing efficiency (141.10)... BIG 12 RANKINGS: third in passing yards/game (286.6)... third among Big 12 quarterbacks with five 300-yard passing games... fourth in total offense/game (286.9)... fifth in passing efficiency (141.1)... finished with the top three single-game completions marks (43 vs. Northwestern; 42 at Iowa State; 42 vs. Baylor) in the Big 12 Conference... TEXAS TECH RECORD BOOK: ranks third on Tech career passing touchdowns list (62)... ranks third on Tech career passing attempts list (1,106)... ranks third on Tech career passing completions list (733)... ranks fourth on Tech career passing yardage list (7,835)... ranks fifth on Tech career total offense list (7,653)... ranks fifth on Tech career touchdowns responsible for list (66)... ranks sixth on Tech career attempts list (1,165)... ranks sixth on Tech single-season passing touchdowns list (35)... ranks seventh on Tech single-season passing completions list (369)... ranks eighth on Tech single-season passing attempts list (551)... ranks eighth on Tech single-season passing yardage list (3,726)... ranks 10th on Tech single-season passing yards per game list (286.6)... ranks sixth on Tech single-season touchdowns responsible for list (37)... ranks eighth on Tech single-season yardage list (3,730 - 3,726 pass, 4 rush)... ranks ninth on Tech single-season attempts list (617)... ranks sixth on Tech single-season touchdowns responsible for list (37)... BIG 12 RECORD BOOK: ranks eighth on Big 12 career touchdowns list (62)... ranks eighth on Big 12 career passing completions list (733)... ranks 10th on Big 12 career passing attempts list (1,106)... connected with WR Lyle Leong for 25 touchdowns during 2009-2010 seasons... played in 13 games (12 starts) throwing for 3,726 yards on 369-of-551 passing (67.0) with 35 touchdowns and 10 interceptions... averaged 286.6 yards passing per game and had a passer efficiency of 141.10... named TicketCity Bowl Most Valuable Player after going 43-of-56 for 369 yards passing with four touchdowns and one interception and with 19 yards rushing, including one rushing touchdown (13-yard run) against Northwestern in the TicketCity Bowl (1/1) at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas... became only the second Texas Tech player to earn back-to-back bowl game MVP awards, after being named the MVP of the Alamo Bowl in 2009... only former Tech QB Graham Harrell (2006 & 2007) has been awarded two bowl game MVP awards... entered Tech all-time bowl game record book with five touchdowns responsible for (4 pass, 1 rush - most all-time), four passing touchdowns (tied for the most), 43 completions (second most) and a 76.8 completion percentage (second best) in contest against Northwestern... 43 completions vs. Northwestern are the most by a Big 12 quarterback this season... marked the 11th consecutive season that Texas Tech has had a 3,000-yard passer (2000-2010)... one of six quarterbacks in Texas Tech history to throw for over 3,000 yards in a single-season... became just the third quarterback in Texas Tech history to throw for multiple 3,000-yard seasons (Graham Harrell - 3, Kliff Kingsbury - 3)... had nine multiple passing touchdown games this season - 15 during career... 369 yards vs. Northwestern marked the fifth 300-yard passing game of the season - 12 during career... Texas Tech is 8-4 when Potts throws for 300 yards... performance against Northwestern was fifth time this season with at least four passing touchdowns - six times during career... went 32-for-46 passing for 373 yards with four touchdowns and one interception against Houston (11/27)... 373 yards vs. Houston are tied for the 68th most passing yards in a single-game in Texas Tech history and the tied for the 40th most passing yards in a game at Jones AT&T Stadium for a Tech quarterback all-time... joined senior Colby Whitlock as a team captain against Cougars... became the fourth quarterback in Texas Tech history to pass for 7,000 career yards with 272 yards passing against Weber State... in only the first half, went 21-for-24 passing for 272 yards with three touchdown passes against Weber State (11/20)... 272 yards passing in the first half is the most since throwing for 306 yards against Baylor earlier this season... went 18-for-36 for 136 yards and threw two interceptions at No. 16 Oklahoma (11/13)... passed for 188 yards with three touchdowns on 19-for-28 passing with one interception against No. 14 Missouri (11/6)... became only the fourth quarterback in Texas Tech history to pass for 50 career touchdowns... entered game in a back-up role in the second quarter with 5:10 remaining until halftime... went 23-for-37 for 227 yards passing with one touchdown pass at Texas A&M (10/30)... became the seventh quarterback in Texas Tech history to pass for 6,000 career yards after game at Colorado... threw for 286 yards with two touchdowns on 24-of-38 passing at Colorado (10/23)... completed 28-of-43 passes for 226 yards with one touchdown against Oklahoma State (10/16)... named AT&T ESPN All-America Player of the Week (10/15) following performance against Baylor at the Cotton Bowl... established new career-high with 462 yards passing (21st most in school history) on 42-of-59 passing with four touchdowns and one interception against Baylor at the Cotton Bowl (10/9)... the 462 yards passing is an all-time Cotton Bowl Stadium record... the previous stadium record was 387 yards by Oklahoma's Sam Bradford against Texas (Red River Rivalry) in 2008... the 462 yards passing yards is the third most all-time on a neutral field for a Tech quarterback and the most since Sonny Cumbie compiled 520 against California in the Holiday Bowl in 2004... 462 yards passing vs. Baylor rank 21st all-time among Tech quarterbacks for yards in a single-game... 483 total yards against Baylor are the most by a Big 12 player this season... the 462 yards passing is the second most by a Big 12 quarterback this season (OU's Landry Jones 468 at Oklahoma State)... 42 pass completions equal his own mark (at Iowa State) as the most pass completions by a Big 12 quarterback this season... rattled off 15 consecutive completions in the first half against Baylor, which marked a career-high... became the sixth quarterback in Texas Tech history to record 500-plus career completions... passed for 377 yards on 42-of-62 passing with five touchdowns and one interception at Iowa State (10/2)... 377 yards are the 65th most passing yards in a single-game in Texas Tech history and the 21st most passing yards in a road game for a Tech quarterback all-time... completions (42) and attempts (62) marked Jack Trice Stadium (Iowa State home field) all-time records... 62 pass attempts are tied for the most by a Big 12 quarterback this season... five touchdown passes are his second highest total, trailing only career-high of seven in 2009 against Rice (9/12/09)... went 21-of-35 for 158 yards with one touchdown pass and threw two interceptions against No. 4 Texas (9/18)... was 22-of-34 for 293 yards with three touchdowns at New Mexico (9/11)... marked ninth career and fifth consecutive (dating back to 2009) multiple passing touchdown performance... joined senior Brian Duncan as a team captain against Lobos... completed 34-of-53 passes for 359 yards with four touchdowns in season opener against SMU (9/5)... third touchdown against SMU marked 30th career... four consecutive multi-touchdown performance dating back to last season... 359 yards vs. SMU are tied for the 84th most passing yards in a single-game in Texas Tech history and tied for the 47th most passing yards in a game at Jones AT&T Stadium for a Tech quarterback all-time.
Alamo Bowl Offensive MVP ... threw for 372 yards and two touchdowns on 29-of-43 passing against Michigan State ... was 31-of-49 with two touchdown passes in the win over Baylor ... passed for 269 yards ... played his first full game since the Houston game ... was solid against a formidable Oklahoma defense, completing 35-of-53 passes for 388 yards and two touchdowns ... completed 19-of-35 passes for 190 yards and a touchdown at Oklahoma State ... played the second half against Kansas and finished with 11-of-19 passing for 94 yards ... helped lead the Red Raiders back from a 21-14 early fourth quarter deficit with 28 points in the final frame ... checked into several running plays that led to touchdowns ... led Tech to an opening drive touchdown against Texas A&M ... threw for 310 yards ... was 13-of-23 for 215 yards and two interceptions before leaving the game in the second quarter against New Mexico ... led Tech on a two-play scoring drive on the first possession of the game, hitting Tramain Swindall for a 79-yard gain to the UNM 1 ... completed 30-of-45 passes for 321 yards and a touchdown at Houston ... recorded career highs in completions (46) and attempts (62) ... threw for 420 yards and three touchdowns versus Texas ... became only the second quarterback in the Mike Leach era to throw for at least seven touchdowns in a game ... finished with career highs in completions (36, attempts (57), yards (456) and touchdowns against Rice ... took the reins of the Tech offense in his first start as a Red Raider ... recorded career highs of attempts (48), completions (34), yards (405) and passing touchdowns (2) ... scored two rushing touchdowns against North Dakota.
Spent his sophomore season as the backup to Heisman candidate Graham Harrell ... finished the season 23-of-36 with one interception and two touchdowns ... went a perfect 5-for-5 against Oklahoma State and led a late fourth quarter touchdown drive that spanned 60 yards ... was 4-of-6 at Kansas and engineered a touchdown drive in what turned out to be a route of the Jayhawks ... 4-for-9 with an interception at Kansas State ... went 4-for-9 against UMASS with a long pass of 21 yards ... in the home opener against SMU he went 6-of-7 for a season-high 95 yards, including a season-long pass of 27 yards.
Entered the game for the first time in four weeks at Baylor, completing 7-of-13 pass attempts for 57 yards ... came on in the fourth quarter against Iowa State and completed 4-of-6 attempts for 35 yards ... appeared for the third time this season, completing 9-of -12 attempts for 196 yards and the first touchdown passes of his career in the third and fourth quarters against Northwestern State ... the first back-up quarterback at Tech to throw for three touchdown passes in a game since B.J. Symons did it against Baylor in 2003 ... completed six of his 11 pass attempts for 67 yards at Rice in his second appearance of the season ... saw first collegiate action in the season opener after redshirting during the 2006 season ... the primary back-up at quarterback, he orchestrated the offense for the final two drives of the fourth quarter at SMU, completing 6-of-7 passes for 54 yards ... led a six-play scoring drive that culminated with Shannon Woods' five-yard touchdown run to make the score 48-9 ... found himself amongst familiar faces, completing two of his passes to former high school teammate Lyle Leong and handing off four times to another former Abilene High School product, Kobey Lewis.
Spent his first season as a member of the scout team, preparing the defense for each week's opponent ... a highly sought after high school talent who chose Tech for its pass offense.
Abilene High School in Abilene, Texas ... Four-Star Recruit (Scout.com) ... Three-Star Recruit (Rivals.com) ... No. 13 pro-style quarterback nationally (Rivals.com; Scout.com) ... No. 47 overall prospect in Texas (Rivals.com) ... Lubbock Avalanche-Journal Fab 44 ... Texas Class 5A Honorable Mention senior season ... Class 5A Region I First Team (TexasHSFootball.com) ... All-Big Country Class 4A-5A Offensive Player of the Year (Abilene Reporter-News) ... completed 230-of-332 passes for 3,155 yards and 23 touchdowns ... passing yards ranked sixth in Class 5A ... also rushed for four scores ... All-District 3-5A first team after completing 172-of-272 for 2,897 yards and 30 touchdowns during junior season ... also recruited by Michigan, Baylor, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Texas and Texas A&M ... High School Coach: Steve Warren.
Taylor Potts ... born October 13, 1987, in Abilene, Texas ... son of Cathy and Avery Potts ... has an older brother, Bryan ... participated in baseball, basketball and football in high school ... hobbies include hunting, fishing and most sports ... majoring in exercise and sport science.