Aggies' McNeal sits out with sprained ankle

Updated: November 25, 2005, 12:30 PM ET
Associated Press

COLLEGE STATION -- Texas A&M senior quarterback Reggie McNeal sat out the Aggies' game against No. 2 Texas with a sprained left ankle.

McNeal, A&M's all-time leader in total offense, was wearing blue jeans, a backward baseball cap and his No. 1 jersey without pads as he watched his team warm up from the sidelines before Friday's game at Kyle Field.

Redshirt freshman Stephen McGee made his first career start in McNeal's place.

The 6-foot-2, 206-pound McNeal hurt his ankle in the third quarter of the Aggies' 36-30 loss to Oklahoma on Nov. 12. Earlier in the game, McNeal became A&M's all-time passing leader, moving past Corey Pullig.

McNeal said Monday that his ankle felt fine and he was planning to play against the Longhorns.

For his career, McNeal has 6,992 yards passing and 8,881 total yards. He ranks among A&M's top six in five other offensive categories.

Despite McNeal's glowing numbers, the Aggies have struggled throughout his four seasons, going 22-24.

The Aggies have lost three in a row heading into Friday's game and were in danger of missing a bowl game for the third time in four years.

McNeal also missed the Texas game in 2002 with an ankle sprain.

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