July 24, 2006

McGee taking the helm

With August training camp just around the corner, it's time to get back in the groove by getting to know the Texas A&M team with a position-by-position breakdown of the Aggies.

At quarterback the Aggies lose three-year starter Reggie McNeal, who was a sixth round draft pick of the Cincinnati Bengals. In most college football programs, losing a starter of McNeal's caliber and experience usually causes the off-season to be a battle ground to determine the next starter - just look to Texas as proof after losing Vince Young.

But A&M is in a different situation with a clear-cut starter to take over McNeal's role, and this off-season has just solidified his role.

Stephen McGee - Sophomore

McGee showed promise in two games at the end of the 2005 season in losses to Oklahoma and Texas. Despite just completing nine passes of his 29 attempts in those two games, McGee gained 175 yards on the ground and showed the toughness on Kyle Field that has been lacking at the position since the days of Bucky Richardson.

There isn't a lot to worry about in the passing game, though, as McGee was heralded in high school after throwing for 3,579 yards and 47 touchdowns with only three interceptions. This off-season, McGee has shown the arm that led to 101 passing touchdowns as a three-year starter at Burnet High School - the Texas 3A career record.

Add the leadership qualities that McGee possesses, and his teammates gush about, and the Aggies seem to be in good hands with McGee at the helm.

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