Trinity QB brothers feed off each other

Published 12:06 am Sunday, October 14, 2012

Glaston Magee, left, looks up to his older brother, Trinity Episcopal starting quarterback Garrett Vinson. Magee is the starting quarterback for the Trinity AYA fifth- and sixth-grade team, the Natchez Ford Saints. (Michael Kerekes \ The Natchez Democrat)

NATCHEZ — Senior Garrett Vinson’s move to starting quarterback for Trinity Episcopal did more than just give him a new role to adjust to.

It also gave him an extra bond with his adopted brother, 10-year-old Glaston Magee.

Magee plays quarterback for the Natchez Ford fifth- and sixth-grade Trinity AYA football team, With dual Saint quarterbacks living under the same roof, Vinson said he enjoys getting to watch Magee play on Saturdays.

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“I don’t want to make his head swell up, but I think he’s doing pretty good,” Vinson said. “He reads the defense well at a young age, and that’s good, He always puts the throw on point, and I’ve never seen him overthrow in any of the games I’ve been to.”

Glaston Magee, 10, makes a pass while warming up with the Natchez Ford fifth- and sixth-grade Trinity Episcopal AYA football team before their game Saturday morning. (Lauren Wood \ The Natchez Democrat)

Unlike Vinson, quarterback is not a new position for Magee, who said he’s been taking snaps under center for five years. Watching Drew Brees do amazing things for the New Orleans Saints is what inspired Magee to play quarterback in the first place.

“He’s not one-dimensional,” Magee said of Brees. “He loves his team, and he doesn’t think about himself but his team.”

Magee said quarterback is a fun position to play, though there were some growing pains at first.

“When I first started playing I would kind of mess up, get mad or something and cry,” Magee said.

But Magee stuck with it, and he said watching his older brother play for the high school team this season has given him some excellent pointers on how to play quarterback.

“He’s just a great leader and a good quarterback, a good pocket passer,” Magee said. “He’s not afraid to run the ball.”

Vinson said he tries to encourage Magee whenever he can by relating what Magee’s going through to what Vinson has had to learn as a rookie signal-caller.

“I tell him to just to relax in the pocket and let the game come to you,” Vinson said. “When I first started out this year, I tried to force things, and it didn’t really work out. You just have to let the flow of the game come to you, sit back there and see what happens.”

Magee said he enjoys getting advice from Vinson, even if his older brother is a little tough on him sometimes.

“We’ll be in the front yard throwing the ball, and he’ll be like, ‘Do it right, do it right,’” Magee said. “I just have to try to do it the best I can.”

Vinson admitted that he is a bit tough as a big brother, but he’s only doing it because he knows the potential in Magee.

“I kind of expect too much out of him sometime, I guess,” Vinson said. “I just want him to do the best he can, like I know he can.”

The boys’ father, Mickey Magee, said it’s nice having two brothers that can feed off each other with football.

“I think it’s huge,” Mickey said, “especially for Glaston. For Glaston to see how hard Garrett’s worked in the weight room and everything is huge. For Garrett looking at Glaston, he sees himself, all over again. They feed off each other. It’s really unique.”