January 3, 2008

Sherman has new group on offense

As Texas A&M head coach Mike Sherman takes over the Aggie program, all eyes will be on one position this spring - quarterback. Two-year starter Stephen McGee will have minor shoulder surgery, but he will try to be back for spring practice even if it's only on a limited basis.

That's because McGee may have some competition in sophomore Jerrod Johnson. The 6-foot-6, 232-pounder has waited patiently behind McGee despite the obvious talent in his game. Johnson, who didn't play quarterback in high school until his senior season, has been learning the offense of former head coach Dennis Franchione the past two seasons. His cannon arm and ability to make defenders miss when running the ball have already grown legendary even if he hasn't started a game in Aggieland.

Johnson will obviously have a shot at usurping McGee this spring, but the fact of the matter is that it's McGee, not Johnson, who is most likely more ready to lead a pro-style offense like the one Sherman will most likely employ. McGee has a background of a pro-style offense in high school, and actually changed his ways to fit into Franchione's scheme.

Johnson, however, has all the tools to be very successful in the pro-style offense eventually. But will he be able to learn a new offense quickly after taking two years to learn the last offense according to that coaching staff?

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