January 18, 2009

Three Aggies on stage at Shrine game

HOUSTON, Texas - For three Texas A&M Aggies, Saturday's East-West Shrine Game at the University of Houston's Robertson Stadium was one of the biggest job interviews of their lives. A good performance could keep them in the minds of NFL teams preparing for April's draft while a bad performance could knock them off the board.

If report cards were given out after football games, the ones for quarterback Stephen McGee, fullback Jorvorskie Lane and defensive end Michael Bennett would read "good," "needs improvement" and "incomplete."

McGee, who had a strong week of practice leading up to the game, put in a solid performance during the game as well. He led the West team on their final scoring drive of the game, a three-play, 76-yard march that came entirely through the air. He capped it with one of the best passes of his college career, a 35-yard strike to Rice's Jarett Dillard.

"(Dillard) did a great job on that play," McGee said after the game. "The line gave me enough time to get it off and I just put it up there."

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