September 6, 2006

How healthy is McGee?

A lot of new players dotted the field for Texas A&M Saturday in it 35-3 opening win over The Citadel at Kyle Field, but one player that wasn't perceived as a newcomer was sophomore quarterback Stephen McGee.

It was only McGee's second start of his career, and third game with significant playing time, so maybe he should be looked as a newcomer.

But according to A&M offensive coordinator Les Koenning Jr. McGee's first outing in 2006 was a solid one.

"Stephen was 16 of 24 and he had three drops and three throw-a-ways," Koenning said. "Those throw-a-ways I was very pleased in the situation he put our football team. He actually vacated the pocket a few times when the protection broke down and he threw the ball out of bounds and it wasn't a negative play for us."

But for McGee it wasn't what he was expecting. A good day statistically doesn't make up for what he felt wasn't his best effort.

"I threw the ball ok, but there were a lot of times where we didn't complete a few passes because I made some poor passes," McGee said. "Statistically we were ok, but I would obviously like to have a few balls back that I threw poorly. I know I'm a better passer than I showed last Saturday, but I know I'll continue to get better as I get more comfortable."

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