After a big, history-equaling week for college football in the state of Florida, two Miami Hurricanes place high in the Herald’s latest State Offensive Player of the Year (SOPY) rankings.
All seven state FBS-level teams won this past weekend -- only the second time that has happened. The only other time the state rolled a 7-0 was Oct. 5, 2013. The state also has a record-tying four schools in the latest Associated Press Top 25: Miami 13th, South Florida 18th, Florida 21st and now UCF 25th. (What were the odds the one not ranked would be preseason No. 3 Florida State?).
In our latest “state Heisman” offensive rankings UM’s Malik Rosier and Mark Walton check in third and fourth, respectively. Our weekly rankings measure the most productive quarterbacks, running backs and receivers from the state's seven FBS teams: Miami, Florida, Florida State, FIU, FAU, UCF and South Florida. The rankings are cumulative but based weekly on average points per game: Total points divided by number of games a player's team has played. This keeps the comparison level even because not all teams have played same number of games. Our simple formula awards a half-point for every passing yard and one point for every rushing or receiving yard, with six points for every TD scored or thrown.
SOPY Top 10 entering Week 6:
RK LW Player, School-Pos. Average Total/Games
1 1 McKenzie Milton-UCF qb 209.83 629.5-3
2 3 Quinton Flowers-SoFla qb 190.40 952-5
3 4 Malik Rosier-Miami qb 189.00 567-3
4 2 Mark Walton-Miami rb 170.67 512-3
5 5 Alex McGough-FIU qb 133.13 532.5-4
6 7 Devin Singletary, FAU-rb 120.20 601-5
7 9 D'Ernest Johnson, SoFla rb 106.00 530-5
8 8 Darius Tice-SoFla rb 97.00 485-5
9 – Adrian Killins-UCF rb 96.67 290-3
10 6 Travis Homer-Miami rb 90.67 272-3
Bubble: Malik Davis-Florida rb, 87.00. Other team leader: Auden Tate, FSU rec, 81.33. Week 5 best: Milton-UCF, 232.5 points. Season best: Flowers-SoFla, 276 points (Week 3).
Cote's State of the State rankings: 1. Miami (3-0); 2. South Florida (5-0); 3. Florida (3-1); 4. Florida State (1-2); 5. UCF (3-0); 6. FIU (3-1); 7. FAU (2-3).