November 11, 2008

Despite struggles, McGee continues to lead

Sophomore quarterback Jerrod Johnson has had a record-breaking start to a very promising career at Texas A&M, but Johnson wasn't supposed to be in the spotlight for at least another season. Instead, it was supposed to be senior Stephen McGee who showcased his skills in head coach Mike Sherman's pro-style offense.

A sprained throwing shoulder against New Mexico, and again against Army, forced McGee to be the forgotten man in the quarterback pool amongst Aggie fans, but McGee has never been forgotten in the locker room. Despite watching from the sideline for most of the Big 12 conference schedule before entering in the second half against Oklahoma in which McGee completed 10 of 19 passes for 89 yards, McGee has continued to be the leader to his teammates that he's been known for throughout his Aggie career.

"I can't say enough about Stephen and the acceptance of his role on this team at this current time after being the quarterback and the leader, which he still is the leader, but helping Jerrod along and being a positive influence," Sherman said. "When he came out it was the other way around and Jerrod tried to help him. I'm really pleased with those two quarterbacks and what they do for each other. They're there for each other and Stephen is a big part of Jerrod's success."

McGee, however, hasn't been without frustrations as he's gone through shoulder rehab and watched the action from the sidelines. Throughout his football playing career, McGee has never been in a position where he is suited up and not playing. After his injury at New Mexico, he had one day when the frustrations seemed to be unbearable.

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