Greg Cote

Canes’ Malik Rosier lurks as Miamian Quinton Flowers angles for state player of year

South Florida Bulls QB Quinton Flowers, a native Miamian from Jackson High, will try to clinch Herald’s State Offensive Player of Year award in Friday showdown.
South Florida Bulls QB Quinton Flowers, a native Miamian from Jackson High, will try to clinch Herald’s State Offensive Player of Year award in Friday showdown. Associated Press

It will determine which state rival makes the American Athletic Conference championship game when the 9-1 South Florida Bulls visit the 10-0 UCF Knights at 3:30 p.m. Friday in the regular-season finale for both. It also will very likely determine which of the teams' quarterbacks wins the Herald's State Offensive Player of the Year award. The Bulls' Quinton Flowers — Miami-born and from Jackson High — leads the Knights' McKenzie Milton by a 207.45 to 202.30 points-per-game average, well ahead of third place Malik Rosier of the Hurricanes at 186.75. Rosier also plays Friday this week, at Pitt. 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 even because not all teams have played the same number of games at the same time. 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 13

RK LW Player, School-Pos. Average Total points (Games)

1 1 Quinton Flowers-SoFla qb 207.45 2,074.5 (10)

2 2 McKenzie Milton-UCF qb 202.30 2,023 (10)

3 3 Malik Rosier-Miami qb 186.75 1,867.5 (10)

4 4 Devin Singletary-FAU rb 169.09 1,860 (11)

5 5 Alex McGough-FIU qb 131.75 1,317.5 (10)

6 6 Travis Homer-Miami rb 111.90 1,119 (10)

7 7 Cam Akers-FSU rb 102.05 1,020.5 (10)

8 -- Jason Driskel-FAU qb 100.14 1,101.5 (11)

9 8 Thomas Owens-FIU rec 94.55 945.5 (10)

10 10 Tre'Quan Smith-UCF rec 94.50 945 (10)

Bubble: Darius Tice-SoFla rb, 93.30. Other team leader: Feleipe Franks-Florida qb, 69.10. Week 12 best: Flowers-SoFla qb, 202 points. Season best: Flowers-SoFla qb, 341.5 points (W10).

Cote's State of the State rankings: 1. Miami (10-0); 2. UCF (10-0); 3. South Florida (9-1); 4. Florida State (4-6); 5. FAU (8-3); 6. Florida (4-6); 7. FIU (6-4).

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