2014 CIS Football Player to Watch: Billy McPhee, Queen’s Gaels

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Source: Shawn MacDonald, Queen’s Sports Info /Photo credit Jason Scourse

Name: Billy McPhee
University: Queen’s
Hometown: Burlington, Ont.
High school / Cegep: Notre Dame CSS
Position: Quarterback
Academic program: Geography
Year of eligibility: 5
Height: 6-3
Weight: 202

Key stats 2013:
Awards & honours (since start of CIS career):Queen’s Offensive Player of the Year (2013)… East-WestBowl Starting QB (2013)… 1st in CIS in TD to INT ratio (min.50 attempts).

Billy McPhee enters his fifth and final season as a Gael as helooks to finish off his Queen’s football career on the sametrend he established his first four seasons, always improving.

“I think this year is all about efficiency, having a highcompletion percentage and good touchdown to interceptionratio,” said McPhee. “Also being a leader for the guyson the team, between myself and a handful of other fourth and fifthyears we’re going to be looked upon to be the leaders outthere.”

Each and every year McPhee has simply gone about his businessand improved upon his game, increasing his touchdown numbers,limiting his turnovers and learning the game inside and out.

“Billy McPhee was by far the most improved quarterback in theOUA last year,” said head coach Pat Sheahan. “Histouchdown – interceptions ratio was the best in the league and heimproved significantly running the ball when required. I expectBill to lead a young but talented group of receivers and offensivebacks to an exciting year on offense that will be a contender byseason’s end.”

McPhee has thrown for more yards every year topping out at 2,134in 2013, more touchdowns setting a career high again last seasonwith 17 all while limiting his turnovers as he set a career best ininterceptions, throwing only four. With this, McPhee led the CISwith the best touchdowns to interception rate (minimum 50 passattempts) with his 17 to four comparison.

It’s no coincidence that the last time Queen’s loston the hallowed ground that is Richardson Stadium Billy McPhee wasonly making his first start as a quarterback for Queen’sagainst the defending Vanier Cup champion McMaster Marauders. Sincethat point the Gaels have gone 14-0 at home.

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