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McGee rebounds for strong senior-season finish

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

There's an interesting article in this morning's Bryan-College Station Eagle about Texas A&M senior quarterback Stephen McGee, who resurfaced to direct a scoring drive at the end of Texas A&M's 66-28 loss to Oklahoma last week.

Back before the season started, McGee was expected to flourish in coach Mike Sherman's offense after decisively beating out Jerrod Johnson this summer for the starting quarterback job with the Aggies.

But then, injuries mounted for McGee and Johnson took over the starting job. And after Johnson started breaking A&M passing records, it became his job.

McGee didn't pout and has done what he could to help the younger player develop in Sherman's offense. He's become a model as to how to handle a demotion.

"He's learned to be strong during adversity," Johnson said. "Stephen has had some unfortunate situations, but he has handled them with class. He's been a great example for me and anybody else on the team. He's handled adversity well and that's what makes him the kind of person he is."

Sherman made an interesting point to The Eagle's Robert Cessna when he said that he thinks McGee could still play quarterback in the NFL.

"Stephen has a quarterback's mind," Sherman said. "He has great recall of what goes on in the game. There are times I'll go over and ask what he saw, and bang, right away he'll tell me what the coverage was and who jumped the routes. He has tremendous recall. He has excellent feet, a quick release, a strong arm. He's improved a lot of the things we talked about him having to improve on, and he's just going to keep getting better."

McGee has joked to A&M reporters that he plans to try to become a professional deer hunter if he doesn't become a professional football player. I wouldn't doubt if he ends up doing both.

He still gets text messages from his former coach, Dennis Franchione. And Sherman has given him a couple of pep talks as well to get him through what obviously has been a difficult senior season.

But McGee has thrived and still gotten his chance late in the season. And it wouldn't surprise me to see him get a chance against Texas in the Thanksgiving Day game in Austin.

After all, McGee has already accomplished one item on his bucket list by beating the Longhorns in back-to-back games. And not many A&M quarterbacks can say they have accomplished that feat.