USFL Players of the Week: Alex McGough, pair of defensive stars shine in Week 6
Following another exciting weekend of USFL action, the award winners for Week 6 have been announced
By FOX Sports Editorial Staff
As Week 6 of the 2023 USFL season wraps up, the playoff picture is beginning to take shape entering the home stretch.
Alex McGough and the Birmingham Stallions put on a show Saturday, cruising past the Michigan Panthers, 27-13. Meanwhile, it was a special teams star who headlined the Memphis Showboats' victory over the Pittsburgh Maulers.
Here are the award winners for Week 6!
Offensive Player of the Week: Birmingham Stallions QB Alex McGough
McGough had himself an efficient day in the Stallions' win over the Panthers. The quarterback completed 19-of-24 passes for 133 yards and two touchdowns with a 117.5 passer rating.
Not only did McGough have a solid day passing, but he also had a strong day on the ground, too. He rushed for 82 yards on 11 carries, with one of those carries resulting in a touchdown.
McGouh's scrambling ability is actually what opened the day for the Stallions' offense. He ran for a 28-yard gain on the Stallions' first offensive play of the game, immediately getting his team in field goal territory to tie the game. He also helped the Stallions pick up a pair of first-down conversions on third downs in the next drive that helped Birmingham take a 6-3 lead.
The Stallions finally found the end zone on their third drive of the game when McGough completed an 18-yard touchdown pass to ZaQuandre White to complete a 10-play drive and give Birmingham a 13-3 lead late in the first half.
McGough took that momentum into the second half. He helped the Stallions march down the field on an 11-play, 68-yard drive as he was responsible for 37 of those yards. On another third down, McGough found White for a 4-yard touchdown pass that gave the Stallions a 20-10 lead early in the fourth.
McGough capped off his day by running for a 10-yard touchdown in the final minutes to put the game out of reach.
Stallions' QB Alex McGough shines in 27-13 win over Panthers
Defensive Players of the Week: Pittsburgh Maulers LB Kyahva Tezino and Michigan Panthers LB Frank Ginda
It was a special week for a pair of defensive players.
Tezino was a tackling machine in the Maulers' 22-0 loss to the Showboats. The linebacker recorded 16 combined tackles, 11 of which were solo, and added two tackles for loss. A few of those tackles came on third-down plays, helping the Maulers' defense get off the field.
Ginda had a similar day for the Panthers in their loss to the Stallions. He recorded 18 combined tackles, seven of which were solo. He also had a half-sack and a forced fumble. Just like Tezino, Ginda made a couple of tackles to get the Panthers' defense off the field. His half-sack came on a third-down play on the opening drive in the second half, which gave the Panthers a chance to get back into the game. His forced fumble came in the fourth quarter, allowing the Panthers to kick a field goal to remain in the game.
Special Teams Player of the Week: Memphis Showboats KR Derrick Dillon
Dillon had the play of the weekend on Saturday. When the Maulers attempted a 59-yard field goal at the end of the half, Dillon caught the ball in the back of the end zone and ran 109 yards for a score that put the Showboats up 19-0.
Derrick Dillon recovers Maulers' missed FG and returns it for TD
Dillon set the tone early in the game, taking the opening kickoff 49 yards and getting Memphis into field goal territory.
Dillon also had a fine day receiving, recording three receptions for 61 yards.