The Los Angeles Chargers have signed Kevin McGill, a former defensive back at Eastern Michigan who was named to the 2018 All-MAC Second Team and 2019 All-MAC Third Team. McGill was one of the best defensive backs in the MAC during his college career and he will now compete for a spot on the Chargers’ roster.
McGill is from Waldorf, Maryland and attended Westlake High School before coming to Eastern Michigan prior to the 2016 campaign. In his four-year career, he started 40 games and played in 50, totaling 125 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, five interceptions, three fumble recoveries and 0.5 sacks.
Prior to the 2019 season, McGill earned spots on the preseason Bednarik Award, Nagurski and Thorpe Award watch lists. After earning a spot on the Bednarik Award list, he told me: “It was amazing to see, knowing how much adversity I’ve been through. I’m truly appreciative but I’m just worried about leading this team to contend for a MAC championship."
Ross Williams played in the EMU secondary alongside McGill for three years. Before last season, he told me, “Since I’ve been at Eastern, there has been great competition at the corner spot. Iron sharpens iron. Kevin [McGill] who was All-MAC and who is going to have his shot at the NFL too. Being around guys like that makes you want to be at a high level.”
McGill will head to Los Angeles to play for the Chargers, who went 5-11 and finished in last place in the AFC West last year. The Chargers will have a lot of turnover, though, as they have moved on from long-time quarterback Philip Rivers. LA drafted Justin Herbert (QB, Oregon) and Kenneth Murray (LB, Oklahoma) with their first two selections last week.
EMU begins their season on Sept. 5 at Kentucky.