June 30, 2008

McGee, Johnson in tight competition at QB

Stephen McGee is a senior at Texas A&M and the two-year starter should be the starter for the third consecutive season, right? Maybe, but then again, maybe not.

McGee definitely is the odds on favorite for the job, but sophomore Jerrod Johnson is going to push him, and push him hard in August training camp. It shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone who has seen the raw talent that Johnson possesses. He has the strongest arm of anyone on the Aggie roster, is 6-foot-6, is difficult to tackle in the open field and has good scrambling ability - all things needed in the new pro-style offense that will be run under new head coach Mike Sherman.

The problem for all the McGee detractors, however, is that McGee picked things up very quickly in the spring even with a bad non-throwing shoulder. McGee, who was a lethal high school quarterback with his arm at Burnet, looked more like he did in high school in the spring than he did the last three seasons in College Station when his legs were used much more often than his arm.

Johnson had his ups and downs early in the spring, but as the spring moved along so did Johnson's grasp of the new offense. McGee and Johnson began to split time with the first-team offense, and by the end of the spring Sherman declared the two in a dead heat heading into August.

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