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Johnny McEntee's journey from walk-on to starter

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Published: Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Updated: Friday, August 23, 2013 17:08

"At the level that we're at, every day is basically like an interview for your position," Williams said. "People say in other jobs that you have to perform like the other person is trying to steal your job and is breathing down your neck. But for us, the person behind you is literally breathing down your neck, he's standing right behind you and he takes the rep right after you take it."

Coach Moorhead wouldn't go into specifics about McEntee's status for next season because the coaching staff hasn't sat down to discuss it yet, but he did explain what it would take for McEntee to keep the job.

"He has to be the best guy to help us win games," Moorhead said. "As long as that continues to be the case, that's the guy who we're going to put at the quarterback position, the guy who gives us the best chance to win."

"I don't really think about it too much," McEntee said of the coming season. "I just do the best I can and I know the coaches will put the person out there who gives the team the best chance to win … Every day I just try to do the best I can, and that's what I'm going to continue to do."

Whatever the future holds, one thing is certain. Johnny McEntee has made it further than he was ever expected to, and despite the criticism he has received, his numbers stack up well against each of UConn's other quarterbacks since McEntee's arrival in 2008. In their best seasons, Zach Frazer threw for 1,461 yards with 10 touchdowns and nine interceptions, Cody Endres threw for 1,354 yards with six touchdowns and four interceptions and Tyler Lorenzen threw for 869 yards with three touchdowns and eight interceptions in 2008, McEntee's freshman year.

Whether he keeps his starting job or not, McEntee will graduate in the spring of 2013 with a degree in sociology having fulfilled his dream of becoming a Division I quarterback.

And after that, he said he plans on returning to California to start a new journey.

"I really have no idea [what I'm doing next]," McEntee said. "I'm definitely going back home if I get a chance, I have too much family in California, plus the weather, what else do I need? You know?" 

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