It's been somewhat of a tumultuous offseason for Texas A&M quarterback Stephen McGee. Former head coach Dennis Franchione, who McGee was very supportive of both publicly and privately "resigned" after the season finale against Texas. Then he had surgery on his non-throwing shoulder in January that left many wondering if he would be able to compete with Jerrod Johnson for playing time this spring, as the two try to impress the new coaching staff.
But McGee isn't worried.
"I'm not worried about that," McGee said. "My shoulder is coming along really well, I'm already far ahead of schedule, plus we don't get too many hits in spring ball anyway, so I'm not worried about it."
And while he was fiercely loyal to Franchione, even saying that he would "fight for him to the death," in one emotional post-game press conference, he's already displaying the same loyalty to new head coach Mike Sherman.
"I have had some really good talks with (Coach Sherman) and it's been great," McGee said. "His level of expertise is unbelievable and he's a guy that's going to be fun to play for but when it comes time to get down to business, he knows how to get after it and loves to compete. I think he's going to do a great job."
Even if Sherman's style is a little different.
McGee has noticed a lot of differences between Sherman and Franchione even though he has yet to attend a single practice under Sherman, but McGee said that differences are to be expected.
"Everybody's different, that's how it's always going to be," McGee said. "They've got different personalities, but I don't really know any one way to describe them, they're just different. They have different approaches."
But Franchione and Sherman aren't the only ones who have differences. Even the offensive coaching staff has to learn one another's style. While they all seem to have west coast offense in their backgrounds, they've all got a little different flavor according to McGee.
"They all run the west coast offense but it's funny because they all have their own terminology where ever they've been, whether it's at the Seahawks or wherever," McGee said, "so right now we're trying to make a lot of tweaks on the terminology and all that stuff. But (Quarterbacks) Coach (Tom) Rossley has been great. I've really enjoyed getting to know all of these guys."
McGee has also been impressed by Sherman's ability to go out and hold the current class of signees together while getting a jump start on next year's class, even thought that class won't do much good for McGee, who will finish his A&M career in 2008.
But from what he's seen out of the mid-term arrivals like quarterback Tommy Dorman and Jeffrey Fuller, he's excited about the young talent this season.
"I think we've got some players coming in that can make an impact right away," McGee said. "I know that Tommy and Jeff have both been in and they both look very impressive for young guys coming in and that's important. You need some young guys to come in and step up."
McGee is pretty familiar with Dorman, who reminds many people of the soon-to-be senior quarterback.
They're both pretty soft-spoken when it comes to interviews, but they're both fiery competitors on the field with solid character. But McGee is reluctant to compare Dorman, the new team "Pup," to himself.
"He's a great guy, he's a hard worker and real down to earth. You can tell what kind of person he is already. He's a solid guy."
And while McGee will be there to help Dorman learn the ropes this spring, right now his primary focus is on learning the new offensive system and getting ready for his final season, which he hopes will help him towards his long-time dream of playing in the NFL. Sherman has already given him several things to work on, and McGee is hopeful that the new offense may help him land on someone's draft board this time next year.
But for now, Mcgee is just looking forward to his senior year and going out on a fun note.
"I'm excited," he said. "I think we're going to have fun, we're going to compete and we're going to go out there and enjoy each other and learn a lot. It will be a good deal."
McGee excited about Sherman
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