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224 USFL Hopefuls

Updated: Feb 14, 2023

This offseason the GMs of the eight USFL teams have been working harder than anyone behind the scenes. They split the NFL training camps up and covered every single one, sharing info amongst one another. Immediately after season one ended, the new free agent signings began and haven't slowed down since. This article has a list for all 224 new signings split up by teams, with a few new players per team highlighted that could be potential starters and impact players from the jump. These lists include trades, re-signings, and waiver pick-ups.


Birmingham Stallions


1. DE / Darrion Daniels / Nebraska, Oklahoma St.

2. S / T.J. Green / Clemson

3. DB / Rico Gafford / Wyoming

4. OG / Matt Kaskey / Dartmouth

5. TE / Kyle Markway / South Carolina

6. OT / Lukayus McNeil / Louisville

7. QB / Jalen Morton / Prairie View A&M

8. CB / Nate Brooks / North Texas

9. DT / Darius Stills / West Virginia

10. DE / Jordan Thompson / Northwestern

11. ILB / Rashad Smith / FAU

12. C / Cohl Cabral / Arizona St.

13. LB / Elijah Sullivan / Kansas St.

14. CB / Mark Fields II /Clemson

15. OT / Derwin Gray / Maryland

16. LB / Terrill Hanks / New Mexico St

17. WR / Austin Watkins / University of Alabama Birmingham (Via Trade)

18. RB / ZaQuandre White / South Carolina

19. OL / Marquez Tucker / Southern Utah

20. CB / Donnie Lewis Jr / Tulane 21.

21. CB / Brian Allen / Utah (Re-Sign)

22. TE / Jace Sternberger / Kansas

23. OL / Jacob Capra / San Diego St

24. DL / Joe Ozougwu / Arkansas St

  • Darius Still recently called his shot on our network show Talkin With Hype that he will be the Defensive Player of the Year in USFL season two. With his agility and fierce competitive mindset, he may just make his prediction a reality.

  • Rico Gafford has NFL level speed and is a steal for a spring league. He has spent his last few years on practice squads, and may just need a boost in tape with a season in the USFL to propel him to a 53 man roster.

An edit of Darius Still in a Stallions uniform done by USFL Network graphic designer @pitmaulersday1 on Twitter

Philadelphia Stars


1. WR / Samuel Akem /Montana

2. WR / Devin Gray / WR- (Re-sign)

3. OT / Airon Servais / Syracuse

4. OT / Tristen Taylor / Eastern Wash

5. WR / Keric Wheatfall / Fresno

6. QB / Kevin Thomson / Washington

7. DT / Tyler Clark / Georgia

8. CB / Stanford Samuels / Florida State

9. DT / Jordan Scott / Oregon

10. DB / Devin Taylor / Bowling Green

11. S / Jack Tocho / NC State

12. DB / Denzel Williams / Villanova

13. LB / Kadofi Wright / Buffalo

14. RB / Dexter Williams / Notre Dame (Re-sign)

15. WR / Keric Wheatfall / Fresno State

16. CB / Channing Stribling / Michigan (Re-Sign)

17. LB / Te'von Coney / Notre Dame

18. TE / Ryan Izzo / Florida State

19. TE / Lawrence Dalla Betta / West Florida

20. DB / Cody Brown / Arkansas St

21. LB / Jordan Genmark Heath / Notre Dame

22. LB / Joey Alfieri / Standford

23. RB / Jordan Scarlett / Florida

24. LB / Jordan Moore / TCU

25. LB / Darius Hodge / Marshall

  • The Stars have a glaring hole at QB which is a bright opening for Kevin Thompson out of Washington.

  • Dexter Williams was only with the Stars for one game last season, but immediately improved a run game that was depleted with injury. Being drafted by the 3 letter league, he then chose to return to the city of brotherly love instead.

  • DB Stribling has moved on from the USFL leaving room for a new interceptions leader. Stanford Samuels impressed at Florida State and is next in line to start for Philly.


New Jersey Generals


1. WR / De'Mornay Pierson-El / Nebraska

2. OL / Saige Young / Vanderbilt

3. WR / Marcus Green / La-Monroe

4. DB / Jermaine Ponder / St. Francis

5. OT / Chibueze Nwanna / Charlotte

6. DT / Kenneth Randall / University of Charleston

7. CB / Adehkeem Brown / Quincy

8. WR / Warren Newman / Jackson St.

9. CB / Michael Sam / La. Tech

10. DT / Tyrone Truesdell / Florida

11. LB / Willie Eubanks III / Citadel

12. OL / Sean McMoore / Vanderbilt

13. WR / Arthur Jackson III / E. Michigan

14. DE / Justin Cates / N.C. A&T

15. TE / Bryson Cannon / E. Michigan

16. WR / Darrell Stewart / Michigan St.

17. LB / Bryan Wright / Cincinnati

18. OT / Jahmir Johnson / Texas A&M/Tennessee

19. WR / Anthony Turner / Grand View

20. OL / Bruce Trigg / NC Central/Morgan St.

21. QB / DaQuan Neal / Elizabeth City St.

22. DB / Hasan Muhammad-rogers / Lincoln University

23. OL / Jonathan Timmons / Alabama A&M

24. OL / Isaiah Battle / Clemson (Trade)

25. CB / Trae Elston / Mississippi

26. OL / Terry Poole / San Diego State

27. TE / Charles Jones / Tulane

28. WR / Chris Platt / Baylor

29. CB / Iman Marshall / USC

30. CB / Meiko Dotson / FIU

31. P / Brock Miller / Southern Utah (Re-Sign)

32. CB / Blake Countess / Michigan

33. K / Nick Sciba / Wake Forest

  • KaVonte Turpin was the staple of the Generals offense, with him having a 3 year contract with the Cowboys, Warren Newman is the logical man to step into his role. Whether or not he can fully fill the shoes of the reigning MVP is up in the air.

  • Hasan Muhammad-rogers is a tough young defensive back who can help one of the worst statistical defenses tighten up in season two.

  • With Luis Perez gone, Riley may still want to utilize a dual QB system that would now include DaQuan Neal moving over to the USFL from the IFL after being named the league MVP. If Riley decides he wants to try using a singular QB in season two, Neal can give Johnson a run for his money, literally.


New Orleans Breakers


1. S / Darion Slade / Campbell

2. LB / Samuel Wright / Princeton

3. WR / Eli Stove / Auburn

4. OL / Kenny Thomas / Louisville

5. QB / Aqeel Glass / Alabama A&M

6. DL / Justus Reed / Virginia Tech, Youngstown State

7. DL / Justus Reed / Youngstown State

8. LB / Zakoby McClain / Aubrun

9. QB / Davis Cheek / Elon

10. WR / Reggie Davis / Georgia

11. CB / Josh Valentine-Turner / FIU

12. DB / Derrion Rakestraw / Colorado

13. DL / Chris Richardson / UTEP

14. LB / Jordan Brailford / Oklahoma State

15. OL / Tyler Roemer / San Diego State

16. OL / Salesi Uhatafe / Utah

  • Glass is the most recent addition to the roster brought in by the new GM, he is under a QB oriented head coach who hand selected him to possibly start. Also, a fan favorite and HBCU legend coming out of college in 2021.

  • WR Eli Stove is a versatile player with all of the intangibles necessary to impact the offense immediately. If used creatively, he will have the ball every drive.

An edit of Aqeel Glass in a Breakers uniform done by USFL Network graphic designer @pitmaulersday1 on Twitter

Memphis Showboats


1. LB / LB Mack III / Road Island University

2. WR / DJ Meyers / Midwestern St

3. WR / Ryan McDaniel / NC Central

4. LB / Abdulmalik Lawal / Arizona St

5. DE / Kahzin Daniels / University of Charleston

6. CB / Karrheem Darrington / Bethel University in Tennessee

7. OG / Kwan Stallworth / Valdosta St

8. DB / Lamont McPhatter / California University of Pennsylvania

9. RB / David Hamm / McNeese St

10. WR / Jeff Ejekam / Army at WestPoint

11. TE / Darrell Adams / Azusa Pacific

12. RB / Justin Stockton / Texas Tech

13. TE / Jay Jay Wilson / Auburn

14. DE / Big Kat Bryant / Auburn, UCF

15. LB / Nate Hall / Northwestern

16. OC / Brett Heggie / Florida

17. WR / Talolo Limu-Jones / E. Washington

18. DT / Viane Moala / Utah/Hawaii

19. DE / Jordan Williams / Va. Tech, Clemson

20. DB / Lamont Wade / Penn State 21.

21. OL / Malik Clark / Kansas

22. WR / John Mitchell / FAU

23. LB / Aaron Hansford / Texas A&M

24. RB / Kerrith Whyte / FAU

25. DT / Dillon Faamatau / Oklahoma

26. RB / Justin Stockton / Texas Tech

27. DE / Drew Jordan / Michigan St, Duke

28. OL / Syrus Tuitele / Fresno State (Trade)

29. OL / Dustin Burns / Northwestern St

30. TE / Daniel Helm / Duke

31. WR / Derrick Dillion / LSU

32. WR / Rashard Davis / Penn State

33. CB / Josh Nurse / Utah (Trade)

34. RB / Alex Collins / Arkansas

35. OL / Jarron Jones / Notre Dame (Re-Sign)

36. CB / Troy Warner / BYU

37. QB / Cole Kelley / Southeastern Louisiana

38. K / Alex Kessman / Pittsburgh

  • The Quarterback position was a point of contention last year with some people saying they needed a change and others unsure, but one thing they can be sure of is that 6'7 Cole Kelley and his mobility will put up a fight for the starting position.

  • Big Kat Bryant is a defensive lineman a year out of UCF where he had 5 sacks, 53 tackles, and 3 pass deflections. His playmaking ability and the holes left in the Showboats DL after some suspect releases make him the top contender to pass rush for Memphis.

  • Linebacker Nate Hall was a star in the defensive midfield at Northwestern raking up big stats in big games. He had 9 tackles against Notre Dame and 2 interceptions against rival Minnesota his senior year. In the NFL he had 2 sacks in a single regular season game, sacking Matthew Stafford. It has been a while since we have seen him play in a game, but that may end soon with him on the Showboats.

Edit of Cole Kelley in a Showboats uniform done by Ace of @PocketAces_USFL

Houston Gamblers


1. LB / Brandon Payer / CSU Pueblo

2. DE / Reggie Ngozi Walker / Kansas State

3. TE / Clint Sigg / Lindenwood

4. DB / Nazir Streater / Long Island University

5. WR / Deontez Alexander / Franklin College

6. WR / Joshua Moore / Texas

7. DT / Dion Novil / University of North Texas

8. WR / Keke Chism / Missouri

9. DB / Nick Grant / Virginia

10. DB / Malcolm Washington / University of Northern Iowa

11. LB / Storey Jackson / Liberty University

12. OL / Braylon Jones / University of Houston

13. OL / Na'Ty Rodgers / University of Houston

14. OL / Bamidele Olanesi / University of Utah

15. DB / Stefan Claiborne / Western Michigan University

16. DB / Brandon Brooks / University of Regina

17. WR / Justin Hall /Ball State

18. DB / Trey Hoskins / Lincoln State

19. LB / Jordan Young / Old Dominion

20. DL / Eli Howard / Texas Tech

21. DB / Dayan Lake Ghanwoloku / BYU

22. DL / Ronheen Bingham / Arkansas State

23. OL / Taylor Tappin / Sacramento State

24. RB / TJ Pledger / Oklahoma, Utah

25. DL / Chigozie "Go Zay" Nnoruka / UCLA, Miami The U

26. DB / Donald Rutledge / Georgia Southern

27. QB / Montell Cozart / Boise State

28. TE / Brandon Barnes / Alabama State (Re-Sign)

29. WR / Jojo Ward / Hawaii (Re-Sign)

30. LS / Cole Mazza / Alabama

31. LB / Khalan Tolson / Illinois

  • The Gamblers wide receivers were underutilized, but talented. Signing Justin Hall adds to that talent and brings a versatility that was missing in season one. His change of direction ability and true slot potential could be his way into the starting lineup.

  • With Domenique Davis moving up to the Bengals, there is a need for a new big body in the center of the Gamblers defensive line. At 6'4" and 310 lbs, Dion Novil could be the answer, and could fill Davis' shoes as soon as he steps on the practice field.

  • With Will Likely and Jamar Summers both deciding not to return, the door is wide open for a new staple playmaker in the Houston Secondary. Nazir Streater has already shown his playmaking ability in college when he topped the ESPN Top Ten plays with a one handed interception. GM Bob Morris raved about his stats saying, "you can't teach high numbers in the interception column". Safe to say, he could be a big name soon.

Photo edit of CB Nazir Streater in a Gamblers uniform done by Ace of @PocketAces_USFL

Pittsburgh Maulers


1. QB / Chase Fourcade / Nichols State

2. QB / Troy Williams / Utah

3. QB / James Morgan- FIU

4. RB / Duane Gary- Western Connecticut

5. FB / Mason Stokke - Wisconsin

6. TE / Datryan Evans- Friends

7. WR / Josh Simmons- Prairie View

8. WR / Hunter Rison - Grand Valley

9. DB / Xavier Lewis- SLU

10. DB / Caleb Ham- Fordham

11. DB / Trajan Bandy- Miami

12. DB / Sedevyn Gray- West Bama

13. DB / Shedrick Kirk- Kentucky Wesleyan

14. P / Matt Mengal- UCLA (Re-sign New Team)

15. K / Nate Hierlhy- Redlands

16. WR /Bailey Gaither / San Jose State (Re-Sign)

17. LS / Luke Barnes- Alabama State

18. DB / Eric Burrell- Wisconsin

19. OL / Dominic Logan / Oklahoma State

20. DL / Vaughn Taylor / Morehead State

21. OL / Coto Thomas- Sam Houston State

22. OL / Jerome Brown / Lincoln (CA)

23. WR / Samson Nacua / BYU

24. DB / Beau Tanner / BYU

25. QB / Connor Sampson / Western Illinois

26. LB / Reuben Foster / Alabama

  • Vaughn Taylor is a monster on the defensive line that only will add to the depth and veracity of the Maulers pass rush. Racking up 23 TFLs and 10 sacks his senior year at Morehead State, he will be at least a rotational player for the black and gold.

  • Hunter Rison is a wide receiver with big playmaking ability in his DNA. The son of Andre Rison, he was brought in to fill holes in the passing game that will be essential with Pittsburgh's revitalized offense.

  • The defensive coordinator of the Maulers scooped up a familiar face from his collegiate coaching career with defensive back Xavier Lewis. It would be an easy mental leap to assume he wouldn't bring him in without intentions of using him in the system he played in college.

Edit of Vaughn Taylor Jr done by Ace of PocketAces_USFL

Michigan Panthers


1. DB / Kiante Hardin / Pittsburgh State

2. DB / Keandre Evans / Ouachita Baptist University

3. WR / La’Darius McElroy / Ouachita Baptist University

4. RB / LaDarren Brown / Oklahoma State

5. DB / Warren Saba / East Carolina (Re-sign)

6. LB / Paddy Fisher / Northwestern

7. LB / Charles Williams / Northwood

8. OT / Ka'John Armstrong / Eastern Michigan

9. OL / Gene Pryor / Hawaii

10. WR / Mister "Whop" Philyor / Indiana

11. DT / Jamal Milan / Illinois

12. OL / Noah Johnson / Kansas St

13. DT / Garrett Marino / UAB

14. TE / Cole Hikutini / Louisville

15. TE / Kyle Markway / South Carolina (Trade)

16. LB / Leon Jacobs / Wisconsin

17. OT / Ryan Nelson / Virginia

18. OT / Corey Hoelck / Nebraska-Kearney

19. OL / Api Mane / FIU, Kansas

20. WR / AJ Richardson / Boise St.

21. WR / Isaiah McKoy / Kent St.

22. DE / Breeland Speaks / Ole Miss

23. OL / Denzel Okafor / Texas

24. RB / Stevie Scott III / Indiana (Re-Sign)

25. RB / Joshua Adams / Notre Dame

26. WR / Talolo Limu-Jones / Eastern Washington (Trade)

27. WR / Trey Quinn / LSU

28. CB / Levonta Taylor / Florida State

29. RB / Reggie Corbin / Illinois (Re-Sign)

30. DL / Robert Nkemdiche / Ole Miss

31. WR / Ishmael Hyman / James Madison (Re-Sign)

  • Warren Saba is an interesting signing because this is not his first USFL contract. In the inaugural USFL season Saba was set to be a key defensive player for the Panther's, but his season was cut very short by a season ending injury on the opening drive week 1. After a prolific career at ECU, he immediately earned a starting position with the Panthers. There should be even more excitement around him in season 2.

  • AJ Richardson fills a key role that Lance Lenoir's questionable return opens. He is a sure handed WR that can get open, but also win contested catches. One of his last performances was with the Arizona Cardinals against the Broncos in NFL preseason, where he had 5 receptions for 67 yards and a touchdown. This momentum might carry into a strong performance during the USFL season.

  • No one will argue that a missing piece in the Panther's defense was the pass rush. The Panthers had plenty of talent on defense, but struggled to wrangle down QBs like J'Mar Smith and Case Cookus. With the former first rounder Robert Nkemdiche, they have a force to reckon with on the D Line that will draw double teams and specific scheming to slow down.



The USFL will be full of new faces in season two. 224

new players that are taking action towards reaching their NFL goals. While it is uncertain what lays ahead for these new players, they will play a large role in making season two of the USFL as exciting as possible.

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