Who is Eddie McGee? Well, he's the backup quarterback the 18th ranked Fighting Illini. McGee, who came to the Illini from Washington, D.C., is listed at 6-4 and 200 pounds, but that weight seems a little bit generous.
McGee burst onto the scene when the Illini took on Missouri back in early September, putting up some impressive numbers, 17-31 for 257 yards and a touchdown, to go along with two interceptions. McGee's longest completion was 42-yards and his longest rush of the season was 58-yards, against the Penn State Nittany Lions. With the spark that McGee gives, some fans, alumni, and media members have brought up the idea a QB controversy may be brewing, but McGee is having none of that. "I play when the coaches tell me; right now I'm just enjoying being with my teammates and winning. I don't worry about how much I play, my time will come. I'm a very confident player, I will never let my confidence go down. I get that from my preparation through the week during practice because I know I have to be ready at anytime.
"Right now I'm just happy we beat the #5 team in the nation. Wisconsin is a great team and we just had to show ourselves and people that we're one of the best teams in the country too. By winning this game, maybe we'll get more respect and show people what we can do," McGee said.
For those that think Eddie is just saying all the right things that good players are supposed to say, you're wrong. On four occasions during the Wisconsin game, both Juice and McGee would go behind the rest of the team and talk. Twice, McGee was on the stationary bike trying to keep lose when Juice immediately looked for McGee to talk with him. Then, after beating Wisconsin, both players meet near the north end zone jumping and giving each other a high-five.
"I just want people to know that we're for real, we've been down on the radar for awhile because of the past two years, but we all knew as a team that we could be good. Coach always tells us to enjoy the win for twenty-four hours and its back to work. We have Iowa coming up next so that's where our focus will be," said McGee.
Having Eddie a part of the Fighting Illini is very important, it has been said many times that McGee is just as capable of running this team as Williams, but Eddie is all about the team and knows he will get his turn one day.