COLLEGE STATION -- The Texas A&M football team had a pair of workouts on Tuesday as the Aggies continued preparations for the Sept. 1 season-opener against Montana State.
“We had two good workouts today – not real long,” Aggie head coach Dennis Franchione said. “We went shoulder pads (and helmets). Really this was the last two-a-day. We will have two on Thursday, but the afternoon one will be a warmup for Friday’s ‘mock game.’ We will give them Saturday off and then practice hard on Sunday and give them Monday off which is normal for game week preparation.”
After the evening workout, Franchione was asked about the Aggies’ returning starter at quarterback, Stephen McGee. The junior from Burnet, Texas set a school record for passing accuracy last season while throwing for 2,295 yards and rushing for 666 yards.
“He’s been more than I expected,” Franchione said. “I knew that we had a good quarterback, and a good person and a good leader, but not as good as he is. You hope, someday, that you have someone like this. On a 1-through-10 scale as a leader, he’s an 11. He cares about his team. He doesn’t care how he does as long as he wins the game. He’s such a catalyst for the rest of the team.”
Franchione said McGee does a good job of turning plays into positive gains.
“When we first started coaching Stephen, he had a tendency to hold the ball too long,” Franchione said. “At Burnet High, they protected him pretty well. He had about seven ‘alligators’ (to throw the ball) at Burnet High. I had to remind him that he won’t be around very long in Big 12 play if he thinks he can hold it that long. Last year we broke him of that a little bit where he knew how long he had with the clock in his head before he would take it and try to do something positive.”