September 24, 2008

Johnson still confident with QB job up in the air

After throwing for 275 yards and three touchdowns Saturday in a 41-23 loss to Miami, Texas A&M sophomore quarterback Jerrod Johnson looks back at his first start fondly even if the Aggies were on the wrong side of the score Saturday. The starter against Army this Saturday is still not known with senior Stephen McGee likely back from a sprained shoulder suffered on the first drive against New Mexico.

Most backup quarterbacks who energized a team and fans like Johnson has over the past two games (he's thrown for a combined 399 yards and six touchdowns since taken over for McGee in the first quarter against New Mexico) would most likely be up in arms when told the job isn't his. Johnson, however, is fine with the dilemma A&M head coach Mike Sherman is facing and welcomes another competition between him and McGee.

"I love being out there and I do think I did a good job out there, but at the end of the day it's not my decision," Johnson said. "It's whatever Coach Sherman thinks is best for the team. Whatever he thinks is best is the law, and I'm happy with whatever decision he makes because I know it's in the best interest of the team."

Sherman, who previously said that McGee would not lose his job because of injury, won't give hints on who the quarterback will be against Army and he said it's most likely that both quarterbacks will see plenty of time under center throughout the rest of the 2008 season. That statement alone differs from his statements during August training camp when he said that he has always played with one quarterback and likes that scenario.

McGee won the quarterback competition then in 10 days, but Johnson's play in the two games he has played compared to his play on the practice fields shows two different quarterbacks. That hasn't been lost on Sherman.

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