As the NFL teams prepare for the league’s annual draft later this month, they have about 2,000 players stored in their off – season rosters. During the USFL’s 10 week stay in Birmingham this weekend, will players on the field like the league be new to fans?
Each USFL team has an active list of 38 players and a training team of seven players. After the league’s teams made their list early Saturday morning, 21 players from USFL Alabama high schools and colleges have qualified to play in four games this weekend, and seven state players are on the training teams.
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This would give the Birmingham-based league a breakthrough in connecting with fans on the stand, although none of the Active-roster players have finished their college careers in Alabama. Tampa Bay Bandits defensive end Mekhi Brown and running back BJ Emmons played for the Crimson Tide.
Three players who entered pro football from Auburn are active this weekend – New Orleans Breakers Tide & Saul Cannella, New Jersey Generals Cornerback Christian Dutt and Houston Gamplers Cornerback Ryan White.
Despite having a USFL home team at the Birmingham Stallions, the team that can field the most players with Alabama football roots at the Protective Stadium are Houston gamblers who have received seven in Alabama high schools and colleges.
Stallions Cornerback de Hayes is a USFL Active-roster player with Alabama football roots with the most NFL experience. The former Decatur High School standout has played in six NFL regular-season games.
For football fans watching the four-game slate air nationally this weekend, the most recognizable names for Week 1 could be the quarterbacks, including a couple who simultaneously played in the Ole Miss – the Michigan Panthers and Jordan’s Shea Patterson. The robbers themselves. They were part of the Rebels team in 2017, after which Patterson was transferred to Michigan.
The USFL, which plays in the heart of the SEC, shows 45 players from the conference in its list of eight teams.
Other quarterbacks starting this weekend include Pittsburgh Mowlers’ Kyle Laletta (Richmond), Stallions’ Alex McCuff (FIU), Breakers’ Kyle Slaughter (Southern Miss / North Colorado) and Gambler Clayton Thorsen (Northwestern). Spent time. Laletta Reese’s senior is also the former MVP of Bowl in Mobile.
The name of Generals quarterback Louis Perez can ring the bell for Birmingham football fans as well. He served as the signal caller for the Birmingham Iron for eight games before the American Football Confederation collapsed in 2019.
Another USFL quarterback with some name-recognition could be the Panthers Paxton Lynch, who was a first-round draft pick from Memphis for Denver in 2016 and started two games for the Broncos in the 2016 and 2017 seasons.
Among players in non-state productions or positions other than SEC alumni, Stallions linebacker Scooby Wright will be remembered by fans on the stand this weekend. Wright won the Nagursky Trophy, the Petnorick Award and the Lombardy Award in Arizona in 2014.
Followers of the AAF, XFL and Spring League will find names they know because many players who have stored the USFL rosters have previous spring-football experience. Brian Scott of the Philadelphia Stars is a former championship quarterback in the Spring League.
The USFL Season CDT kicks off Saturday at 6:30 pm, with the Generals and Stallions Square Off at Protective Stadium. FOX and NBC will broadcast the game on television.
On Sunday, the Gamblers-Panthers in Birmingham will be on NBC at 11am and in Peacock, the Stars-Breakers will be in the US at 3pm and the Panthers-Mowlers at Fox Sports 1 at 7pm.
Players from Alabama High Schools and Colleges on the USFL List:
Cornerback Day Hayes (Decoder)
· Attack Judicial Powers (UAB)
· Wide receiver Marlon Williams (McGill-Doolan)
⁇ Training Team: Running Back Jordan Chun (Madison County, Troy)
⁇ Training Team: White Receiver Beyton Ramsey (Bessemer Academy, Tuskegee)
Tide and Brandon Barnes (Russell County, Alabama)
In Linebacker Phoenix Brown (Florence)
Defensive tip Ahmed Gutan (Dalladoga, Samford)
Defensive player Corey Thomas (MacAdori)
Kicker Nick Vogel (UAB)
Cornerback Ryan White (Auburn)
· Attack John Yarrow (Homewood)
New Jersey Generals
Tide and Braden Bowman (Southern Alabama)
ந்த Wide receiver Randy Chatterfield (Jamieson, West Alabama)
Cornerback / Bund Returner Christian Dutt (Auburn)
⁇ Training Team: Calvin Ashley (Auburn) attack
⁇ Training Team: Cornerback Trey Elston (Oxford)
New Orleans Breakers
ட் Tight And Soul Canella (Auburn)
Defensive Tackle Connor Christian (Jacksonville State)
Kicker Austin Maggins (Broadville)
லர் Guard Steven Rowsey (Troy)
Cornerback Keith Washington II (Broadville)
⁇ Training Team: Tight end Justin Johnson (Hoover)
⁇ Training Team: Cornerback Bradley Silva (Alabama)
Tampa Bay bandits
Defensive tip Maggie Brown (Alabama)
Cornerback Christian Campbell (central-Phoenix city)
BJ Emmons (Alabama) Running Pack
⁇ Training Team: Broad receiver John Franklin III (Auburn)
Panthers and Mowlers None of the players from Alabama high schools and colleges are on their active roster or training squads.
Mark Inabinet is a sports correspondent for the Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter AMarkG1.