Data Scout Notes: 2017: (+) Coming off 12-21-17 Bowl Game Collarbne INJ/HMC...2016: NAC...2015: NAC...2014: NA
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A four-year starter for the Panthers, McGough was named an All-Conference USA honorable mention selection in 2017. He finished his career as FIU's all-time career leader in touchdown passes (65) and second in career completions (806) and passing yards (9,091). He completed 232-of-355 passes for a single-season FIU school record 2,798 yards with 17 touchdowns and eight interceptions, while recording a career-best and FIU best 65.4 completion percentage in 2017. He ranked in the top five in C-USA in passing yards per game (215.2) and passing efficiency (142.8).
McGough also had five rushing touchdowns while carrying 76 times for 231 yards in 2017 He set a single-season school record with 3,029 yards of total offense while his 17 touchdown passes was also second-most in a single season at FIU in 2017. McGough also became the first quarterback in FIU history to be taken in the NFL draft. He joined Smith, Cyprien, Williams, Antwan Barnes, Justin Halley, Anthony Gaitor and T.Y. Hilton as Panthers to be selected in the NFL Draft.
Started in nine games at quarterback for the Panthers…Missed final three games of the year due to an injury…Completed 167-of-286 passes for 1,891 yards and 13 touchdowns…Averaged 210.10 passing yards-per-game and 11.32 yards-per-completion…Averaged 18.56 completions-per-game (No. 48 nationally and No. 6 in C-USA)…His 13 passing touchdowns were tied for the eighth-most in a season at FIU…Became the school’s all-time touchdown-passing leader with a 17-yard TD pass to Jonnu Smith versus LA Tech (10/22)…Threw for over 200 yards in five games and for over 300 yards in two, including a season-best 315-yard performance at Charlotte (10/15)…Finished the year with a completion percentage of 58.4 percent – fifth-best in school history…Also rushed for 117 yards on 45 carries, including four rushing touchdowns…Was tied for No. 2 on the team in rushing touchdowns…Was named game captain versus Indiana (9/1)…Threw for 307 yards on 27-of-40 passing with three touchdowns and an interception against Middle Tennessee (10/29)...Marked the third 300-yards passing game of his career…Also ran for 46 yards on nine carries and a touchdown against the Blue Raiders.
Recorded 281 yards on 25-of-44 passing and three touchdowns on Homecoming against Louisiana Tech (10/22)...Set the school record in career passing touchdowns during the contest versus the Bulldogs…Threw for 315 yards on 26-of-42 passing with two touchdowns and two interceptions at Charlotte (10/15)…Found Smith with 34 seconds left in the contest for the game-winning TD pass from nine yards out...Also rushed for 12 yards on four carries against the 49ers...Recorded 241 yards on 21-of-31 passing, three touchdowns and one interception at UTEP (10/8)...Threw for 199 yards on 15-of-30 passing, with one touchdown against Florida Atlantic (10/1) in Shula Bowl XV...Also rushed for a season-high 61 yards on seven carries and a career-best two TD’s, including a career-long 35 yard scamper for a score...Threw for 263 yards on 23-of-46 passing in the season-opener against Indiana (9/1)…Also rushed seven times for a net five yards against the Hoosiers…Was named a Preseason Fourth-Team, All-C-USA selection by Phil Steele and Athlon.
Appeared and started in all 12 games for the Panthers under center...Finished the year completing 269-of-420 for 2,722 yards and 21 touchdowns...Set FIU single-season records in pass attempts, pass completions, passing yards and passing touchdowns...Threw for over 200 yards eight times, including a career-best 390 yards versus Old Dominion (10/24)...Also rushed for 95 yards on 88 carries with three touchdowns...Ranked No. 36, nationally in TD passes and No. 47 in passing yards...Completed 64.0 percent of his passes good for No. 3 in C-USA and No. 23 nationally...Named game captain, 12 times (at UCF - 9/3; at Indiana - 9/12; N.C. Central - 9/19; at LA Tech - 9/26; at UMass - 10/3; UTEP - 10/10; at Middle Tennessee - 10/17; Old Dominion - 10/24; at Florida Atlantic - 10/31; Charlotte - 11/7; at Marshall - 11/14; WKU - 11/21)...Completed 27-of-42 passes for 284 yards and three touchdowns versus Charlotte (11/7)...Set a career-high with 390 passing yards (second-most in FIU history) on 31-of-39 passing with three touchdowns versus Old Dominion (10/24)...His completion percentage of 79.5 percent versus the Monarch were a school record...Also rushed for a touchdown versus ODU.
Completed a 29-of-51 passes for 260 yards and two touchdowns at Middle Tennessee (10/17)...His 51 attempts were the second-most in school history...Also rushed for first touchdown of the season with a one-yard run versus the Blue Raiders...Threw for a career-high 270 yards on 13-of-17 passing with two touchdowns versus UTEP (10/10)...Completed a career-high 29 passes on 44 attempts for a then-career high yards passing (263) at LA Tech (9/26)...Completed 65.9 percent of his passes versus the Bulldogs four fourth-straight 20-yard passing game, tossing two touchdowns...Completed 22-of-37 passes for his third-straight 200[+]-yard outing, recording 242 yards through the air with career-high-tying three touchdowns versus N.C. Central (9/19)...Rushed for a season high 77 yards, including a career-long 26-yard rush versus the Eagles...Tied a career-high in touchdown passes (3) at Indiana (9/12) going 21-of-37 for 249 yards...Completed 75.7 percent of his passes, including his first passing TD of the season.
Appeared in 12 games, starting in 11 for the Panthers...Earned C-USA All-Freshman Team honors...Threw for 1,680 yards on 138-of-274 passing, including 14 touchdowns...The 1,680 passing yards ranked No. 10 all-time at FIU in a single season, while the 14 touchdowns ranks No. 3 all-time at FIU in a single season..Threw multiple touchdowns in five games, including a career-high three TDs vs. Middle Tennessee (Nov. 15)...Also rushed for four touchdowns (second on the team)...Record 18 total touchdowns responsible for - the most in a single season at FIU...Finished the year with 1,772 yards of total offense (No. 9 all-time at FIU)...Began his FIU career throwing 82-straight passes without an interception (No. 5 all-time at FIU)...Also threw 67-straight passes without a pick (No. 8 all-time at FIU)...Completed passes of 20 yards-or-more 20 times, including an 85-yard touchdown to Glenn Coleman at UAB (second-longest TD pass in school history)...Had best outing of the season, registering a career-high 231 yards on 17-of-24 passing with three touchdowns (tied for fourth-most in a game at FIU) versus Middle Tennessee (Nov. 15).
Finished with a passing efficiency on 192.93 versus the Blue Raiders...Tossed two touchdown passes with 132 yards on 8-of-13 passing at Old Dominion (Nov. 8)...Also rushed for a touchdown versus the Monarchs...Recorded 204 yards on 9-of-24 passing, including touchdowns passes of 85 yards (No. 2 all-time) and 75 yards (No. 5 all-time) at UAB (Sept. 27)...Registered a then-career-high 224 yards through the air on 15-of-30 passing and two touchdowns versus Pittsburgh (Sept. 13)...Also rushed for a touchdown versus the Panthers...Made first-career start versus Wagner (Sept. 6), completing two touchdown passes...Made FIU debut with 117 yards through the air on 13-of-27 passing and one touchdown versus Bethune-Cookman (Aug. 30)...Named to the CFPA National Freshman of the Year Watch List.
Gaither HS ... Tallied 1,258 passing yards and eight touchdowns during his senior campaign in 2013…completed 112 passes during his junior year for 1,727 yards and 22 touchdowns… participated in Ron Turner’s football camp in Tampa…former FIU receiver Shug Oyegunle was McGough’s teammate at Gaither High School.
Parents – Francis and Raylee McGough…siblings, Kelsey and Shane…born November 19th, 1995…Majoring in liberal studies…began playing football at age 10…related to Kelley Goodburn, former NFL punter or the Washington Redskins.…Shane (brother) is an offensive lineman at FIU.
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01/01/18 - 2017 CONFERENCE USA FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): QB - Alex McGough, Sr., FIU,...McGough, a senior, is one of six FIU players to earn Honorable Mention All-Conference honors. He is currently FIU's all-time career leader in touchdown passes (66) and second in career completions (805) and passing yards (9,084). He has completed 231-of-354 passes for 2,791 yards with 17 touchdowns and eight interceptions in 2017, while recording a career-best 65.3 percent passing mark. McGough also ranks in the top five in C-USA in passing yards per game (232.6) and passing efficiency (142.8). Not only has McGough found the end zone through the air, but he has matched a career-high with four rushing touchdowns of his own. - Florida International Football
12/02/17 - Alex McGough passed for 296 yards and three touchdowns and added 108 rushing yards and another score, and FIU beat UMass 63-45 on Saturday to tie a program record for most wins in a season. FIU (8-4), which also won eight games in 2011, set a program record with 674 total yards, topping 668 at Troy in 2010. The Golden Panthers gained 379 yards on the ground - with six touchdowns - for the third most rushing yards. FIU scored on all seven trips to the red zone to set a program mark for points, besting a 55-point game in 2003. Alex Gardner added 108 yards on the ground and two touchdowns for FIU. Napoleon Maxwell had 77 yards on 10 carries and two scores, and Bryce Singleton caught six passes for 111 yards and set a freshman record with three TDs. McGough was 20-of-25 passing and carried it 11 times. Andrew Ford completed 30 of 44 passes for 349 yards and four touchdowns with one interception for UMass (4-5). - AP College Football
11/25/17 - D'Vonte Price returned a fumbled fake punt 38 yards for a TD during a surge of 28 unanswered points that shot FIU past Western Kentucky 41-17 Friday night. Alex McGough threw for 227 yards with a touchdown to Darius Scott, and Shawndarrius Phillips pounded the ball 69 yards on 17 carries with two TDs for the Panthers (7-4, 5-3 Conference USA). Mike White threw for 355 yards and two scores for Western Kentucky (6-6, 4-4), his seventh straight game of more than 300 yards passing. His touchdown throw to Nacarius Fant staked the Hilltoppers to a 17-13 third-quarter lead before FIU caught fire. FIU ended the scoring by also calling a fake punt. Punter Stone Wilson shuffled right, threw left across his body and connected with Pharoah McKeever at about the 12. McKeever stiff-armed one would-be tackler, raced down the sideline and was upended at about the 3 when his feet were cut out from under him but still managed to wave the ball over the pylon before hitting the turf. Wilson is the first FIU punter to throw a TD pass in the 16-year history of program. - AP College Football
11/04/17 - Alex McGough tossed two third-quarter touchdown passes and the Florida International defense did the rest in a 14-7 victory over Texas-San Antonio on Saturday. After a scoreless first half, McGough led the Golden Panthers (6-2, 4-1 Conference USA) on a 15-play, 93-yard drive that ate up 8:26 of the clock. McGough capped the drive with a 13-yard TD pass to Thomas Owens. FIU needed just one play to score on its next drive. Shermarke Spence recovered a fumble at the UTSA 18-yard line and McGough connected with Shawndarri Phillips for the score and a 14-0 lead.
But the Roadrunners (5-3, 2-3) made a game of it when Dalton Sturm engineered a 10-play, 75-yard drive that culminated in a 12-yard scoring pass to Brady Jones with 13:59 left in the game. Sturm put the Roadrunners in position to tie the game when he led them to the FIU 2-yard line, but the Golden Panthers kept UTSA out of the end zone on four straight running plays to preserve the lead. UTSA had one last shot at knotting the score when a short punt gave it the ball at the FIU 40. A pass interference penalty moved the ball to the 25, but Sturm was sacked and then threw three straight incompletions to turn the ball over on downs. FIU became bowl eligible for the third time in its 16-year history. - AP College Football
10/28/17 - Alex McGough threw a pair of touchdown passes to Thomas Owens as Florida International jumped out early and held on to beat Marshall 41-30 on Saturday. The Panthers (5-2, 3-1 Conference USA) are off to their best start in school history. It was also their second straight win against the Thundering Herd and their first at Marshall (6-2, 3-1). McGough was 14-of-18 passing, and Owens finished with seven catches for 114 yards. They capped back-to-back scoring drives late in the second half. Napoleon Maxwell ran for 93 yards and a touchdown, and Alex Gardner added another 71 yards rushing and a score. Brad Muhammad's 12-yard interception return for a touchdown stretched the Panthers' lead to 35-7 midway through the third quarter. Chase Litton threw for 363 yards and three touchdowns, including two TD passes in the fourth quarter for Marshall. - AP College Football