Trib HS Insider Q&A: McKeesport's Eddie Stockett
It has been a season of transition for McKeesport senior quarterback Eddie Stockett. The Akron recruit, who passed for more than 1,700 yards in 2011, had to adapt to the team's new option offense that made him as much of a running threat as a deep passer.
Despite the alterations, and a right calf injury that kept him out for most of the second half of the Tigers' Week 2 game against Woodland Hills, Stockett has not thrown for a score yet this season but has run for six. That includes three rushing touchdowns last week against Norwin in the team's first win.
Q: What was it like to finally get a win?
A: It was like a lot of the pressure left the team's shoulders. Once you get the first one out of the way, there's probably more to come.
Q: Against Woodland Hills, you had to be taken off the field. How scared were you at that time?
A: I thought the worst. It was just a strain, a pulled (calf) muscle, and I felt real good coming back. But I thought the worst. I thought I'd be out for a long time, rehab and therapy, but there was no way I was going to let my family go to war without me.
Q: What has this season been like adapting to the new offense?
A: I feel like we're a lot quicker, and we're still a young team. We have to adapt to our personnel and our personnel is more for run-and-gun and get to the outside and run it in the middle a little bit. Our coaches recognized our personnel and did the best thing for our personnel.
Q: Do you miss throwing the ball 30 times a game?
A: There's nothing like dropping back and reading a defense and letting it fly. But I like to run the ball as much as throw the ball. It's definitely new, but I'll run the ball and do whatever the team needs me to do.
Q: What do you like to do when you're not playing football?
A: I just like to hang out with my friends and family and, Wednesday or Thursday before a game, me and a couple teammates will go out to dinner and have a nice relaxing day and talk about our assignments for Friday.