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New Seahawks QB Alex McGough glad to be on same team as Shaquem Griffin

New Seahawks QB Alex McGough has both played with and against Shaquem Griffin. (AP)

Alex McGough will be in unfamiliar territory when he comes up to Seahawks rookie minicamp, but the former Florida International quarterback will at least be around one familiar face.

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That would be Shaquem Griffin, a fellow Seahawks draft pick who McGough not only played against in the American Athletic Conference but also played with in high school on a 7-on-7 team.

“I got a friend on the team already,” McGough, the Seahawks’ seventh-round pick, said to 710 ESPN Seattle’s Bob, Groz and Tom on Monday.

McGough, a Florida native who has made just one trip in his life to Seattle, which was to meet with the Seahawks and lasted half a day, seemed a bit relieved to know he’ll be wearing the same uniform as Griffin again.

“He’s a great player,” McGough said. “He works his tail off. He never quits on a play and that was probably the biggest thing that we saw. Just his effort and his work ethic was just outstanding.”

McGough saw plenty of Griffin when he was quarterback at Florida International and Griffin was a linebacker for conference rival Central Florida.

“We knew that I had to locate him on every play,” McGough said. “Another thing is how quick he is, how fast he is, how agile he is. He has the ability to play a slot receiver and then also beat your left tackle on a pass-rush move and sack the quarterback.”

McGough also talked about which NFL quarterbacks he’s modeled his game after and what he’s excited to learn about from Russell Wilson. You can find his full interview in this podcast.

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