2002: Made the move to safety prior to the Indiana game (Oct. 26) after starting the season at wide receiver ... Was a special teams standout racking up 25 tackles ... Registered a career-high seven tackles in an overtime loss to then BCS No. 1 Ohio State ... Saw his first career action on defense vs. Indiana, picking off one pass and making six tackles ... Excellent possession receiver who caught one ball for 20 yards vs. Arkansas State ? Named Academic All-Big Ten.
2001: Played in six games as a reserve wide receiver ... Saw action in the first-five contests ... Caught two passes for 14 yards in the win over Louisville ... Caught two passes for 25 yards at Michigan ...Joined the track team after the football season ... Was a standout 400m runner for the Illini.
2000: Played in 10 games for the Illini ... Totaled 187 receiving yards and two touchdowns ... Had a career-high four catches vs. Michigan for 36 yards and his first collegiate touchdown ... Also caught a 21-yard touchdown pass at Minnesota ... Recorded three catches for 65 yards in season finale against Northwestern, including a career-long 32 yarder ... Had three catches for 17 yards in win over Indiana ... Caught a 25-yard pass against Ohio State ? George Huff Award winner for consecutive semesters with a 3.00 GPA or better ? Academic All-Big Ten.
1999: Redshirted the 1999 season.
High School: Unanimous DuPage Valley all-conference selection ? Named to all-area team and Chicago Tribune all-state team ? Named a "Super Sleeper" signee by recruiting analyst Tom Lemming ? Played wide receiver for IHSA Class 6A state champions and coach John Thorne ? Caught 60 passes during senior season for 1,276 yards and 21 touchdowns ? Team went 14-0 and won DuPage Valley conference championship ? Placed second in conference in catches, yards, and touchdowns ? Played only two seasons of football and won varsity letters each year ? Won two letters in basketball and three in track ? Was an all-conference and all-state selection in track.
Personal: Full given name is Eric Thomas McGoey ? Born April 1, 1981 in Kettering, Ohio ? Graduated in May 2003 with a degree in finance and wants to pursue a career as an investment banker ? Parents are Edward and Mary McGoey ? Has two brothers and one sister ? Named to honor roll every semester in high school ? High school teammate of current Illini quarterback Jon Beutjer ? Four-time scholastic achievement award recipient ? Lists Red Grange as Fighting Illini athletic hero ? Hometown of Wheaton, Ill. is known for Red Grange and the most churches per capita in the U.S.
Tackles: 7 vs. Ohio State, 11/16/02
Solos: 5 vs. Ind., 10/26/02 & vs. Ohio State, 11/16/02
TFL: 1 at Northwestern, 11/23/02
Interceptions: 1 vs. Indiana, 10/26/02
Receptions: 4 vs. Michigan, 9/23/00
Yards: 65 at Northwestern, 11/18/00
Touchdowns: 1 vs. Mich., 9/23/00 & at Minn., 9/30/00
Long Play: 32 at Northwestern, 11/18/00
DEFENSIVE STATISTICS YEAR G ST AT TOT TFL-YDS INT-YDS PBU 2002 12 16 9 25 1-1 1-0 0
RECEIVING STATISTICS YEAR G NO YDS AVG YD/G TD LONG 2000 10 15 187 12.5 18.7 2 32 2001 6 4 39 9.8 6.5 0 15 2002 12 1 20 20.0 1.8 0 20 Total 28 20 246 12.3 9.1 2 32