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Each team in the USFL’s new look is broken down

The first USFL season in 37 years begins Saturday. Here’s a team-by-team look at the redesigned league:

Birmingham stallions

Coaches: Skip wood
Notable players: WR Victor Bolden (Oregon State), QB Alex McGough (FIU)
What you should know: The Stallions are the only team that can actually play home games as the entire league is played in Birmingham. Bolden, a former game breaker at Oregon State, is one to watch on this offense, and there are some familiar names on defense as well in Scooby Wright, Brian Allen and Josh Shaw.

Houston player

Coaches: Kevin Sumlin
Notable players: QB Clayton Thorson, OLB Donald Payne
What you should know: The Gamblers have not one, but two loose local ties as a quarterback: Thorson was on the Giants’ practice team last season and Kenji Bahar, their backup, is a Monmouth product. Sumlin also brings a broad college background with stints in Houston, Texas A&M and Arizona. Dalyn Dawkins, who played at Colorado State before joining the Titans, is a potential running back name.

New Orleans breaker

Coaches: Larry Fedora
Notable players: CB Adonis Alexander, DE Davin Bellamy
What you should know: The Breakers were the last team to pick a quarterback, which meant they could focus on building their defense. The first edge rusher to be batted, Bellamy was a key element of Georgia’s defense that secured the national title game in 2017. Alexander has some NFL experience on the corner, as does Shareef Miller – a former fourth-round pick – on the fringes opposite Bellamy.

Tampa Bay Bandits

Coaches: death Haley
Notable players: QB Jordan Ta’amu, S Obi Melifonwu
What you should know: Ta’amu, who rivaled Shea Patterson years ago for the starting job at Ole Miss, will be in contention for the league’s top quarterback with him. He might also have the most dangerous weapon in Eli Rogers, who had a successful streak as a receiver for the Steelers. A former second-round pick who flamed with the Raiders, Melifonwu has some pedigree despite never breaking through in the NFL.

Shea Patterson
Panthers QB Shea Patterson
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Michigan Panther

Mike Weber
Generals RB Mike Weber
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Coaches: Jeff Fisher
Notable players: QB Shea Patterson, RB Stevie Scott III
What you should know: Fisher has the most experience as a head coach of anyone in the league, and the Panthers used first draft pick for Patterson, who played his college ball at Ole Miss and Michigan. However, former Broncos QB Paxton Lynch will be breathing down Patterson’s neck for the season. The Panthers also picked the majority of their defense late and have to deal with question marks on that side of the ball.

Generals of New Jersey

Coaches: Mike Riley
Notable players: RB Mike Weber, DT Destiny Vaeao
What you should know: The QB situation here is a bit of a problem. The generals are likely to start either former New York guard Luis Perez or De’Andre Johnson, which could put them behind offensively. Don’t be surprised if they lean on Weber, a former 1,000-yard rusher in college.

Philadelphia Stars

Kyle Lauletta
Former Giants QB Kyle Lauletta
Anthony J. Causi

Coaches: Bart Andrus
Notable players: DE Freedom Akinmoladun, TE Bug Howard
What you should know: Andrus is looking to add another award to a list that includes the 2020 Spring League title, two NFL Europe titles and an NAIA Coach of the Year award. He mostly has to do this behind a defense that includes names like Akinmoladun, a former undrafted Giants free agent, and former Michigan cornerback Channing Stribling, the second cornerback from the board in the draft.

Pittsburgh Maulers

Coaches: Kirby Wilson
Notable players: QB Kyle Lauletta, DT Carlo Kemp
What you should know: Lauletta, another former Giant, will try to prove himself for Wilson, a longtime running backs coach in the NFL who will be the head coach for the first time. They’ve had a heavy focus on Big Ten products in the skill positions, with Wisconsin’s Garrett Groshek the likely No. 1 in return and Michigan State alum Matt Seybert on the tight end.

https://nypost.com/2022/04/16/breaking-down-every-team-in-new-look-usfl/ Each team in the USFL’s new look is broken down

JOE HERNANDEZ

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