With the UFL season starting this Thursday, it's time to look over the four rosters and ask yourself: Who the hell are these guys?
Jim Haslett's team has the Saturday home opener at the Citrus Bowl. Learn more about these dudes and see some of their pictures at the UFL roster page (ufl-football.com).
PJ Alexander G 6-4 297 12/23/1978 Syracuse Tallahassee, FL Willie Andrews DB 5-10 190 11/2/1983 Baylor Longview, TX Tatum Bell RB 5-11 213 11/2/1983 Oklahoma State Dallas, TX Taye Biddle WR 6-1 185 2/27/1983 Mississippi Decatur, AL Fred Bledsoe NT 6-2 329 4/7/1986 Arkansas Little Rock, AR Brooks Bollinger QB 6-1 205 11/15/1979 Wisconsin Grand Forks, ND McKinley Boykin DT 6-1 289 3/24/1983 Mississippi Bessemer, AL Colby Bockwoldt LB 6-2 240 4/14/1981 BYU Ogden, UT Fakhir Brown C 5-11 195 9/21/1977 Grambling Detroit, MI Patrick Chukwurah LB 6-2 258 3/1/1979 Wyoming Irving, TX Josh Cooper DE 6-4 273 12/5/1980 Mississippi Marietta, GA Quinton Culberson LB 6-1 236 10/21/1985 Mississippi State Jackson, MS Anthony Davis OT 6-5 335 3/27/1980 Virginia Tech Victoria, VA Jayson Foster WR 5-7 175 7/22/1985 Georgia Southern Canton, GA Doug Gabriel WR 6-2 215 8/27/1980 Central Florida Miami, FL Chas Gessner WR 6-5 215 8/17/1981 Brown Hyattsville, MD Michael Grant DB 6-4 276 9/28/1980 Utah Ozark, AL Chris Greisen QB 6-3 220 7/2/1976 Northwest Missouri State Sturgeon Bay, WI Keith Heinrich TE 6-6 255 3/19/1979 Sam Houston State Tomball, TX Jerome Carter DB 5-11 220 10/25/1982 Florida State Lake City, FL Dexter Jackson S 6-0 210 7/28/1977 Florida State Quincy, FL Kevin Lovell K 5-9 155 4/14/1984 Cincinnati Hawthorne, CA Enoka Lucas C 6-3 299 4/29/1984 Oregon Honolulu, HI Fred Matua G 6-2 310 1/14/1984 University of Southern California Wilmington, CA Tim McGarigle LB 6-1 235 10/25/1983 Northwestern Chicago, IL Terrence Melton LB 6-1 235 1/1/1977 Rice Miami, FL Gene Mruczkowski OG 6-2 305 6/6/1980 Purdue Cleveland, OH Frank Murphy WR 6-2 210 2/11/1977 Kansas State Jacksonville, FL Ryan Neufeld TE 6-4 245 11/22/1975 UCLA Los Gatos, CA Matt Overton LS 5-11 250 n/a Western Washington Tracy, CA Rob Petitti T 6-6 327 5/21/1982 Pittsburgh Rumson, NJ Andrew Pinnock FB 5-10 250 3/12/1980 South Carolina Hartford, CT Michael Pittman DB 6-0 228 8/14/1975 Fresno State University San Diego, CA Derrick Richardson DB 5-11 205 4/3/1986 New Mexico State Chandler, AZ Eric Powell DE 6-3 275 11/16/1979 Florida State Orlando, FL Todd Sauerbrun P 5-11 215 1/4/1973 West Virginia Setauket, NY Josh Savage DE 6-4 276 9/28/1980 Utah Ozark, AL Anthony Schlegel LB 6-1 238 3/1/1981 Air Force; Ohio State Mansfield, TX Darrion Scott DE 6-3 289 10/25/1981 Ohio State Charleston, WV Charles Spencer OT 6-4 338 3/17/1982 Pittsburgh Poughkeepsie, NY Odell Thurman LB 6-0 235 7/9/1983 Georgia Monticello, GA DeJuan Tribble CB 5-9 190 4/13/1985 Boston College Cincinnati, OH Darius Vinnett DB 5-8 170 9/30/1984 Arkansas St. Rose, LA Leandro Veal DT 6-2 288 8/11/1981 Tennessee Huntington, CA Seth Wand T 6-7 330 8/6/1979 Northwest Missouri State Springfield, MO Jermaine Wiggins TE 6-3 255 1/19/1975 Georgia East Boston, MA Shaud Williams RB 5-8 200 10/2/1980 Alabama Andrews, TX Willie Williams DT 6-4 305 9/19/1984 Louisville Milledgeville, GA Quincy Wilson RB 5-9 220 4/26/1981 West Virginia Steubenville, OH Julius Wilson OL 6-4 315 10/17/1983 Alabama-Birmingham Bradenton, FL Claude Wroten NT 6-4 300 9/16/1983 Louisiana State University Bastrop, LA
At 51 players, this is the lightest of the four rosters (CA 52, LV 52, NY 54 but I think one guy's listed twice). If I weren't really lazy I'd find out how many are SUPPOSED to be on a UFL team roster, but I've done enough work tonight.
Originally posted by CRZ Also...what the hell is a "Tusker" again?
My dictionary says "an elephant or wild boar with well-developed tusks."
Originally posted by Super Shane SpearDexter Jackson was the Super Bowl 37 (xxxvii) MVP with two interceptions. He remains the last defensive Super Bowl MVP as James Harrison was robbed this last season.
Joining him on the team is the guy who would have been next most-likely to win that MVP award, Mike Pittman.
Tatum Bell of course, former Denver Bronco. I'll remember him better for stealing Rudi Johnson's luggage when the Lions signed Johnson to replace him. http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3567561 Brooks Bollinger, one in a series of indistinguishably mediocre Wisconsin QBs. Going back from 2007, the QB at Wisconsin was Tyler Donovan, John Stocco, Jim Sorgi, and then Brooks Bollinger. Punter Todd Sauerbrun, who almost certainly used steroids at some point. The transaction sheet says Florida just cut Bhawoh Jue, former Packer who I remember usually being the guy responsible when the defense gave up a long play.
I imagine they're supposed to have 53 players just like the NFL. They're even going through the charade of having a practice squad like the NFL does. I wonder what a player on the UFL practice squad gets paid.
Wikipedia has a list of the rule changes different from the NFL (of course it's not sourced, which limits its credibility). But if it's true most of them all look pretty good to me. * No Tuck Rule - The Tuck rule is one of the most controversial rules in the NFL. In the NFL, if a passer brings his arm forward in a passing motion and then loses possession of the ball as he is attempting to tuck it back toward his body, it's considered a forward pass (and thus an incomplete pass if the ball hits the ground). In the UFL, it would be called a fumble. I don't have a problem with this, but the tuck rule really doesn't come up very often. * Touchdown celebrations - Celebrations, individual or group, will only take place in the endzones and on the bench area. So I guess that means no unsportsmanlike conduct for celebration in those areas. But no defensive celebration unless you score a touchdown! * Fumbling out of the endzones - If the ball is fumbled out of the endzone, it will be placed back at the spot of the fumble, pending which team last had possession. I like it. A friend of mine texted me to explain the touchback rule on fumbles into the end zone (and subsequently out of bounds), and I really couldn't. That's just the way it's always been. I told her the only thing more confusing is the fair-catch kick. * Intentional grounding - A quarterback is allowed to intentionally ground the ball anywhere behind the line of scrimmage if he is under pressure. So he can just spike it at any time behind the line I guess? That would mean an incomplete backwards pass would be incomplete, not a fumble like in the NFL. * Instant replay - All reviews will be viewed upstairs by the replay official and he will only have 90 seconds for review. Sure, you don't want to have to worry about coaches' challenges and such. * Overtime - Both teams will be guaranteed at least one possession. When a team scores, the other team will get a last chance to score on the next drive. Similar to the College football rule. We'll have to see how this works. If the second team is required to score more points than the first team, that makes sense. Force a team to go for 2 after the TD or go for the TD instead of the FG. But if they can just retie it that kind of sucks.
Is there any chance that McKinley Boykin is related to Christopher Boykin of MTVs Rob & Big? Not that it makes any difference at all either way since they are gonna be two different people, but I always thought that BB was funny so if it is his cousin or something I'd automatically have to root for him.
"* Intentional grounding - A quarterback is allowed to intentionally ground the ball anywhere behind the line of scrimmage if he is under pressure. So he can just spike it at any time behind the line I guess? That would mean an incomplete backwards pass would be incomplete, not a fumble like in the NFL."
I don't know that this is necessarily the case. I take it to mean that the QB just doesn't have to leave the tackle box like he does in the NFL. A backwards pass would still be a lateral and a live ball I would think.
Only player I'm familiar with (that hasn't already been mentioned) is Shaud Williams. He shared the carries for Bama when they went 10 - 3 in 2002. Became the lone running back in 2003 and rushed for 1300 yards but Bama dropped to 4 - 9.
Interesting rule changes. None of them seem just completely dumb like the XFL. I actually like the intentional grounding rule. Not because I think the QB should have an easier time grounding it but just because I think it's stupid that you can be standing in one spot in it's intentional grounding and you can stand in another spot and it isn't. I like allowing celebrations in the end zone and sidelines too. Defensive player celebrating after tackling somebody is far more annoying than a receiver celebrating after a touchdown.
Arena football is pretty cool. I watched a couple of games when they used to have a team in Memphis. It reminds me a lot of sandlot football. The AFL has been very successful (they turn a profit every year now)