Stallions QB Alex McGough Announced As USFL 2023 MVP

Stallions QB Alex McGough Announced As USFL 2023 MVP

After a long and anticipated wait, Alex McGough has been announced as the USFL 2023 MVP. The Birmingham Stallions are in the USFL Championship game, and it’s largely because of the remarkable season that Alex McGough put together for Skip Holtz and this team.

This MVP announcement is no surprise. McGough led the USFL in multiple categories this season, absolutely dominating opponents on a weekly basis.

While there were plenty of qualified candidates in the league this year, Alex McGough simply stood above the rest due to his consistency.

His final 2023 season stats were:

180/267 (67.4%)
2,104 passing yards
7.9 YPA
20 passing TD
5 INT
108.3 QBR

In addition, he was electrifying on the ground:

403 rushing yards
5.8 YPC
5 rushing TD

Alex McGough’s 25 total touchdowns are a modern USFL record. His outstanding performances earned him three Offensive Player of the Week awards throughout the season.

Week 2

Alex McGough’s first OPOW came in week two, when the Birmingham Stallions obliterated the Memphis Showboats 42-2. It was a lopsided affair from the first snap. Alex was unstoppable, throwing for 301 yards and four touchdowns, while averaging 10.8 YPA.

 

Week 6

In week six, Birmingham dominated the Michigan Panthers on the road. McGough put on a show through the air and on the ground, dazzling with his dual threat capabilities.

Alex finished the game with 133 passing yards and two touchdowns. In addition, he posted 82 rushing yards and a ten yard scamper to the end zone.

Week 10

The final game of the season didn’t hold too much meaning for Birmingham, who had already clinched a playoff berth. However, that didn’t stop Alex from doing his thing. McGough threw for 282 yards and two touchdowns, leading the Stallions to a comeback victory over the Showboats.

Playoff Brilliance

Last week, everyone was in awe of what Alex McGough was able to accomplish. Against one of the USFL’s best defenses in the New Orleans Breakers, McGough made them look like high schoolers as he picked them apart piece by piece.

Birmingham scored 47 points, with McGough responsible for most of those. Alex threw for 310 yards and four touchdowns, averaging 10.0 YPA. On the ground, he added 84 yards and a score.

It was a mesmerizing performance, and one that caught national attention.

Season Dominance

Throughout the USFL season, Alex McGough was clutch for Birmingham. In week eight against Philadelphia, Alex led the team down the field in the final seconds, putting the Stallions in front late on a dart to La’Michael Pettway. An argument could’ve been made for another OPOW award in this game, as Alex threw for 333 yards and three touchdowns.

Week nine against Houston was a crucial game, with postseason implications. After going down early, McGough turned the tides, throwing for over 200 yards and two scores – sending Birmingham to the playoffs.

Final Thoughts

There is absolutely no doubt about it: Alex McGough deserved to win the USFL 2023 MVP. We’ve seen some special campaigns in the USFL over the past two years, but McGough has elevated his play to an entirely new level.

In the offseason, it’d be expected to see Alex garner plenty of NFL interest. However, before then, he has an opportunity to win back-to-back Championships with the Birmingham Stallions.

The Stallions will face off against the Pittsburgh Maulers for the USFL Championship trophy tomorrow night, at 8pm ET on NBC.

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