OSU's Andrew McGee is an overlooked star

Cowboy cornerback has bounced back from a broken neck to earn All-Big 12 honors.
By Brandon Chatmon, Staff Writer, bchatmon@opubco.com Modified: December 28, 2010 at 7:53 pm •  Published: December 28, 2010

— When you put together a list of Oklahoma State's All-Big 12 first-team honorees, several names jump into your mind immediately.

Quarterback Brandon Weeden. Running back Kendall Hunter. Receiver Justin Blackmon.

There's a good chance you could go through 15 or more names before getting to cornerback Andrew McGee.

The senior is arguably the most overlooked All-Big 12 player of 2010.

“I think he is,” defensive tackle Chris Donaldson said. “You don't hear a lot about him, but he's a good player. (To do this) after a broken neck? It's unbelievable really.”

A year ago at this time, McGee was in a neck brace, watching his teammates play in the Cotton Bowl. He had broken his neck against Oklahoma in 2009, but his confidence he would return to the field never wavered.

“He came back and he was so determined,” said Donaldson, one of McGee's closest friends on the team. “Most people, if they break their neck, they're down. He always had a smile on his face, he was happy, he kept a good spirit about him. I never heard him be down about it, it was like, ‘It's nothing, I'll be back.'”

And he came back with a vengeance.

McGee led the Big 12 in interceptions with five, and he could be a key part of a Cowboys secondary that will be under the spotlight when OSU faces Arizona in the Alamo Bowl at 8:15 tonight.

“It's a good story to tell young people, not to ever give up,” McGee said. “Whatever you are going through, just keep going, keep pressing on and you'll see the fruit from what you are doing.”

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