[I was just about to post something similar. On Saturday, we're playing a team that's pretty clearly in turmoil; it's nice to be on the other side of the coin for once. More analysis after the jump. --LVS]
The Zooker was apparently jealous of MSU's QB situation and decided to one up us, benching Juice Williams and starting Eddie McGee.
"Zook announced the move on his morning radio show Monday, stressing that he doesn't blame Williams alone for the Illini's 1-3 start, but saying he thinks McGee can give the team a spark. Williams is an all-purpose threat who is the Illini's all-time leader in total offensive yards, but McGee is a better pure passer."
If I'm an Illinois fan my attitude is "why not?" but this isn't the type of thing that should even remotely work. If McGee was better than Juice, he'd have beaten him out at some point in last few years, no?
Michael David Smith asserts that McGee is a better pure passer than Juice, but neither seeing him play a few times as a change of pace or his stats suggest to me that it's true. Juice's stats are here for the curious.
To my observation, this isn't such a big deal, because they're pretty similar players. I was somewhat worried that Illinois' offense would get healthy throwing against the MSU defense, but it's probably a net positive to face a less good, less experienced QB. It's not like McGee is one of these guys they'll have absolutely no film on, as he's had some significant playing time. I guess you never know when something might click, though, and Arrelious Benn is scary for anyone, much less a team that's struggled against the pass. But that assessment doesn't change with McGee throwing to him over Juice.