SAN ANTONIO â€” 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.
â€œI think he is,â€ defensive tackle Chris Donaldson said. â€œYou don't hear a lot about him, but he's a good player. (To do this) after a broken neck? It's unbelievable really.â€
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.
â€œHe came back and he was so determined,â€ said Donaldson, one of McGee's closest friends on the team. â€œMost 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, â€˜It's nothing, I'll be back.'â€
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.
â€œIt's a good story to tell young people, not to ever give up,â€ McGee said. â€œWhatever you are going through, just keep going, keep pressing on and you'll see the fruit from what you are doing.â€