The hit that knocked FIU sophomore quarterback Alex McGough down (twice) and out of Saturday’s 36-22 loss to Indiana won’t knock him out of Saturday’s home opener against North Carolina-Central.
McGough practiced fully Tuesday and took all the first-team reps.
As McGough flung a desperation pass on fourth down from the Indiana 2-yard line with four minutes left in the game, linebacker Marcus Oliver drilled him to the turf.
McGough remained down well past the end of the 96-yard interception return for a touchdown, rose with assistance, then went down again once past the sideline.
“By the time we landed [in Miami], he was back to the normal Alex,” coach Ron Turner said. “He had a little headache. He went through the concussion protocol, concussion impact and everything was normal.”
Turner said he chose No. 81 for sophomore wide receiver Thomas Owens because of, well, T.O. — retired NFL superstar wide receiver Terrell Owens. Though Thomas Owens projects a humility that has never been associated with Terrell Owens, he has shown both the ability to play big for possession catches and fast for deep ones.
Turner said he regretted not giving No. 17 to freshman wide receiver Austin Maloney, a Columbus High graduate who reminds him of Austin Collie, the former Indianapolis Colts wide receiver who wore No. 17.
Freshman quarterback Maurice Alexander wore No. 3 while at Booker T. Washington High. That number is taken by fifth-year senior cornerback Richard Leonard at FIU, so Alexander is wearing No. 13 this year and will go back to No. 3 next year.