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FIU’s Alex McGough wins first Sunshine Player of Week

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He is not one of the big boys. He does not play in one of the big stadiums.

But the size of his team’s victory was big enough that Florida International’s Alex McGough is the season’s first Sunshine State Player of the Week.

McGough hit 29 of 38 for 260 yards to lead FIU to a 15-14 victory over Central Florida to win the honor. With his team trailing by 11 at the half, he led them to touchdowns on two of their first three possessions. McGough made the all-freshman team in Conference USA with 11 starts last year.

Also considered were FSU’s Everett Golson, who threw for 302 yards and four touchdowns, South Florida’s Quinton Flowers, who hit 12 of 16 for 141 yards, and FAU’s Jacquez Johnson, who threw for 263 yards and ran for 97 in a loss to Tulsa.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit

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