NFL and college football fans will recognize some famous faces on the rosters of the league’s eight teams when the restored USFL kicks off its 10-week regular season this weekend.
The Birmingham Stallions take on the New Jersey Generals in a game that will be aired on NBC and Fox on Saturday.
A pair of defensive standouts could be among Birmingham’s main attractions.
As a sophomore at the University of Arizona, Stallions linebacker Scooby Wright was named the Pac-12 defensive player of the year and a unanimous All-American. After leading the nation in total tackles that year, he received the Bronko Nagurski Award, Chuck Bednarik Award, and Vince Lombardi Award.
In 2016, the Cleveland Browns selected Wright in the seventh draft round. He also played for the Arizona Hotshots in the AAF and the DC Defenders in the XFL.
Cornerback Brian Allen, who played three games for the Cleveland Browns last season, will join the Stallion’s defense.
Paxton Lynch, a former first-round choice of the Denver Broncos, is part of the Michigan Panthers’ powerful quarterback combo on offense. Shea Patterson, the No. 1 overall choice in the recent USFL draft, who played collegiately at Ole Miss and Michigan, will challenge the starting role.
In other news, Tampa Bay Bandits quarterback Jordan Ta’amu has moved around the NFL and most recently played for the XFL’s St. Louis BattleHawks.
Clayton Thorson is the quarterback for the Houston Gamblers. The Philadelphia Eagles selected the former Northwestern star in the fifth round of the 2019 NFL Draft.
Former Richmond quarterback Kyle Lauletta is likely to start for the Pittsburgh Maulers in the season opener. The New York Giants selected him in the fourth round of the 2018 draft, and he played in two games for them that season.
The Tampa Bay Bandits have three intriguing wide receivers on their roster. Eli Rogers spent four years with the Pittsburgh Steelers, three of them as offensive coordinator under Todd Haley, now the Bandits’ head coach.
When the Eagles won Super Bowl 52, Rashard Davis was a wideout on the practice squad. On Netflix’s ” Last Chance U,” John Franklin III starred.
Taywan Taylor, a wideout with the New Orleans Breakers, is also on the team. After a great college career at Western Kentucky, Taylor was drafted third overall by the Tennessee Titans in 2017.
Gabriel Sewell, the older brother of Detroit Lions 2021 first-round pick Penei Sewell, will play linebacker for the Philadelphia Stars on defense.
Channing is a cornerback. In Philadelphia, Stribling will also be a member of the defensive unit. Stribling may be the most traveled player in the USFL, having played on practice squads for the AAF’s Memphis Express, the CFL’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats, and the XFL’s Seattle Dragons.