Alex “Ripper” McGough born November 19, 1995 is an American football quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Florida International.
On August 31, 2017, McGough threw a 75-yard touchdown pass in the season opener against UCF. The next week, he throws for a season-high 328 yards and runs in a game-winning touchdown against Alcorn State. On September 30, McGough led the Panthers to a 19-point comeback win over Charlotte, outscoring the 49ers 16-3 in the second half to a 30-29 win. On December 2, he threw a season-high three touchdowns and ran for a career-high 108 yards against UMass. He became the third quarterback in FIU history to run over 100 yards in a game. He ended his senior season with a completion percentage of 65.3% and a passer rating of 142.8, both school records (previous records were 64% in 2015 by himself & 141.5 rating by Jamie Burke in 2002).
The Panthers finished with an 8-4 record, qualifing for a bowl game for the first time since 2011.On December 22, 2017, McGough left in the first quarter of the 2017 Gasparilla Bowl against Temple with a fractured collarbone. The Panthers would go on to lose 28-3.
McGough was drafted the Seattle Seahawks in the seventh round, 220th overall, of the 2018 NFL Draft. He becomes the first quarterback drafted by the Seahawks since Russell Wilson in 2012. On May 15, 2018, he signed his rookie contract.
McGough’s uncle, Kelly Goodburn, was a NFL punter for the Kansas City Chiefs and the Washington Redskins. His younger brother Shane is an offensive lineman for FIU.