Alex McGough
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McGough in 2017
No. 3 – Houston Texans
Personal information
Born: (1995-11-19) November 19, 1995 (age 24)
Tampa, Florida
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:218 lb (99 kg)
Career information
High school:Gaither (Tampa, Florida)
NFL Draft:2018 / Round: 7 / Pick: 220
Career history
* Seattle Seahawks ( 2018)*
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status:Practice squad
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at

Alex McGough (born November 19, 1995) is an American football quarterback for the Houston Texans of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Florida International.[1]

College career Edit

2014 season Edit

On August 30, 2014, McGough made his FIU debut, recording 117 yards and a touchdown against Bethune–Cookman.[2] On September 27, he threw an 85-yard and a 75-yard touchdown against UAB.[3] On November 15, he recorded a season-high 231 yards and three touchdowns against Middle Tennessee. He finished his rookie season recording 1,680 yards and 14 touchdowns.

2015 season Edit

On October 17, 2015, McGough attempted a career-high 51 passes against Middle Tennessee, second most in school history.[4] On October 24, McGough recorded a career-best 390 yards (2nd in school history) versus Old Dominion.[5] He completed 31 of 39 passes, good for 2nd most completions and 4th highest percentage in school history.[6] On November 7, McGough recorded 284 yards and three touchdowns in a 48-31 blowout against Charlotte.[7] He finished his second season completing 269 of 420 passes for 2,722 yards and 21 touchdowns, all school records (he broke his record for passing yards in 2017).[6]

2016 season Edit

On October 2, 2016, McGough ran for a career-high two touchdowns against Florida Atlantic.[8] The next week, he threw a season-high 3 touchdowns against UTEP.[9] On October 15, McGough threw for a season-high 315 yards and scored three touchdowns, including the game-winner against Charlotte.[10] He missed the final three games of the season due to a wrist injury.

2017 season Edit

On August 31, 2017, McGough threw a 75-yard touchdown pass in the season opener against UCF.[11] The next week, he throws for a season-high 328 yards and runs in a game-winning touchdown against Alcorn State.[12] On September 30, McGough led the Panthers to a 19-point comeback win over Charlotte, outscoring the 49ers 16-3 in the second half to a 30-29 win.[13] On December 2, he threw a season-high three touchdowns and ran for a career-high 108 yards against UMass.[14] He became the third quarterback in FIU history to run over 100 yards in a game.[14] He ended his senior season with a completion percentage of 65.3% and a passer rating of 142.8, both school records (previous records were 64% in 2015 by himself & 141.5 rating by Jamie Burke in 2002).[15]

The Panthers finished with an 8-4 record, qualifying for a bowl game for the first time since 2011.[16] On December 22, 2017, McGough left in the first quarter of the 2017 Gasparilla Bowl against Temple with a fractured collarbone. The Panthers would go on to lose 28-3.[17]

Professional career Edit

Seattle SeahawksEdit

McGough was drafted the Seattle Seahawks in the seventh round, 220th overall, of the 2018 NFL Draft.[18] He was the first quarterback drafted by the Seahawks since Russell Wilson in 2012.[19] On May 15, 2018, he signed his rookie contract.[20] He was waived on September 1, 2018 and was re-signed to the practice squad.[21][22]

Jacksonville JaguarsEdit

On January 15, 2019, McGough signed a reserve/future contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars.[23] He was waived on August 31, 2019.[24]

Houston TexansEdit

On September 1, 2019, McGough was signed to the Houston Texans practice squad.[25]

Personal life Edit

McGough's uncle, Kelly Goodburn, was a NFL punter for the Kansas City Chiefs and the Washington Redskins.[1] His younger brother Shane is an offensive lineman for FIU.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Villa, Walter (August 7, 2017). "Brothers McGough in the middle of things at FIU". Miami Herald.
  2. Kurtenbach, Dieter (August 30, 2014). "FIU loses to Bethune Cookman -- again". Underdog Dynasty.
  3. "FIU Buckles Down and Beats UAB, 34-20". Underdog Dynasty. September 27, 2014.
  4. "Middle Tennessee holds on to beat Florida Int. 42-34". Sports Illustrated. October 17, 2015.
  5. "Florida International beats Old Dominion 41-12". AP. October 24, 2015.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "FIU Football 2002-2016".
  7. Harper, Brian (November 7, 2015). "FIU gets past Charlotte to keep bowl hopes alive, 48-31". Underdog Dynasty.
  8. Villa, Walter (October 1, 2016). "FIU vs. FAU is a rivalry that does not involve shaking hands". Miami Herald.
  9. Sparks, Bob (October 8, 2016). "FIU picks up second straight win, beats UTEP 35-21".
  10. Kiser, Bill (October 15, 2016). "Alex McGough TD pass to Jonnu Smith with 1:05 left lifts FIU over Charlotte". Miami Herald.
  11. "UCF routs FIU 61-17, spoiling Butch Davis' return". Associated Press. August 31, 2017.
  12. Navarro, Manny (September 8, 2017). "How FIU made Birmingham its new home and got Butch Davis his first win". Miami Herald.
  13. Butler, Alex (October 1, 2017). "FIU completes 19-point comeback against Charlotte". Miami Herald.
  14. 14.0 14.1 Villa, Walter (December 2, 2017). "In convincing win, FIU football ties, sets school records. This is what’s next.". Miami Herald.
  15. Pelegrin, Pete (December 13, 2017). "BEST BYE: Alex McGough has quietly played his best football in his final record-breaking season".
  16. Cochrane, Karen (December 3, 2017). "FIU to play Temple Owls in Gasparilla Bowl Dec. 21". FIU News.
  17. Goodall, Fred (December 22, 2017). "Nutile leads Temple over FIU 28-3 in Gasparilla Bowl". AP News.
  18. Boyle, John (April 28, 2018). "Seahawks Draft Florida International Quarterback Alex McGough In Seventh Round Of 2018 NFL Draft".
  19. Matthews, Liz Mathews (April 29, 2018). "Alex McGough is first quarterback drafted by Seahawks since Russell Wilson". Seahawks Wire.
  20. Condotta, Bob (May 15, 2018). "Seahawks sign draft picks Jamarco Jones and Alex McGough". The Seattle Times.
  21. "Seahawks Set 53-Man Roster". September 1, 2018.
  22. Boyle, John (September 3, 2018). "Seahawks Sign 10 To Practice Squad".
  23. "Jaguars sign Alex McGough to reserve/future contract". January 15, 2019.
  24. Oehser, John (August 31, 2019). "Roster reduction: Jaguars move to 53 players".
  25. "Texans sign CB Armstrong, TE Paulsen, add 10 players to practice squad". September 2, 2019.

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