Greg Cote

Bull Market: Epic QB duel boosts Flowers in Herald’s state offensive player of year race

South Florida quagterback Quinton Flowers, in action Friday vs. UCF, is headed toward state-college offensive player of the year honors.
South Florida quagterback Quinton Flowers, in action Friday vs. UCF, is headed toward state-college offensive player of the year honors. AP

Though unbeaten UCF beat South Florida 49-42, Bulls quarterback Quinton Flowers outdueled Knights counterpart McKenzie Milton to grow what now seems an insurmountable lead in the Herald’s 2017 State Offensive Player of the Year race.

Flowers, Miami-born and from Jackson High, had a season-best 383.5-point game to Milton’s 272.5. Both are comfortably ahead third-place Malik Rosier of the Hurricanes.

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. The SOPY race continues all season — through this week’s conference-championship games and the bowl games that follow.

SOPY Top 10 entering Week 14

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

1 1 Quinton Flowers-SoFla qb 223.45 2,458 (11)

2 2 McKenzie Milton-UCF qb 208.68 2,295.5 (11)

3 3 Malik Rosier-Miami qb 182.18 2,004 (11)

4 4 Devin Singletary-FAU rb 165.00 1,980 (12)

5 5 Alex McGough-FIU qb 132.36 1,456 (11)

6 8 Jason Driskel-FAU qb 106.33 1,276 (12)

7 6 Travis Homer-Miami rb 103.00 1,133 (11)

8 7 Cam Akers-FSU rb 96.41 1,060.5 (11)

9 10 Tre’Quan Smith-UCF rec 92.36 1,016 (11)

10 -- Darius Tice-SoFla rb 87.00 957 (11)

Bubble: Adrian Killins-UCF rb, 86.09. Other team leader: Feleipe Franks-Florida qb, 71.27. Week 13 best: Flowers-SoFla qb, 383.5 points. Season best: Flowers-SoFla qb, 383.5 (W13).

Cote’s State of the State rankings: 1. Miami (10-1); 2. UCF (11-0); 3. South Florida (9-2); 4. Florida State (5-6); 5. FAU (9-3); 6. Florida (4-7); 7. FIU (7-4).

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