Magee Not Satisfied with Debut

Saturday night marked the first ever collegiate game for Brandon Magee. The linebacker was obviously excited during this experience, and even though the game was streaming at a rapid pace for the true freshman, he still had a solid game registering five tackles. Thus, Magee is probably feeling content with his performance in ASU's season opener, right?

"No," said a stern Brandon Magee in reply. "Yeah, I had five tackles, but I could have tackled better and I messed up on some assignments. It was good to help the team out, but it wasn't perfect and it wasn't where I want to be at right now. There's room for improvement, and myself and other players have to keep on working to get better."

"The first game was a very new experience for a lot of us, but we'll get a lot better. I'm gonna correct my mistakes this week. I have to correct then this week in order to get better. Every day in practice we'll work on different things, and you'll be able to tell how much better we're gonna get."

Magee said that aside from the game's fast tempo, another aspect that was an eye-opening experience for him was the length of the game. "There were 50-minute quarters," he said laughing. "We were all saying ‘when's halftime?' But it was a great experience too. When I ran onto the field seeing the crowd I had goose bumps and I just wanted to hit somebody."

The linebacker from Corona (Calif.) Centennial was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 29th round of the MLB draft in June. Not only has he put the aspirations of playing professional baseball to rest, but he also hasn't given much thought to donning the maroon and gold on the diamond in the winter.

"I just play football right now," Magee stated. "After we win the championship I'll talk about baseball. I don't go to the batting cage or anything like that – I have to study. I'm just worried about this team (football) and when the time comes I'll worry about the other team (baseball). But I'm still planning to play baseball, and I'll play any position they want me to."

Magee admitted that it was his goal not to redshirt his freshman year, and he's happy to accomplish it. Yet, he knows that the opportunity to contribute this year wasn't something that merely handed over to him.

"I put in all this effort because I wanted to play," he said. "When you put in hard work good things happen so I'm not surprised I'm playing. I go back to the dorms and study (the playbook) every day, just work hard all the time."

The linebacker acknowledged that he can feel the practice intensity increasing for the Sun Devils' Pac-10 opener against Stanford this week, and a lot of the work has to be done off the field as well. "I have a lot of studying to do, actually some of it I'm doing tonight," Magee noted, "Lots of film to watch, I just have to work harder and harder for this week's game."

"Intensity in practice has definitely picked up. Even the scout team is doing better. You can tell the difference."


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