Meet The Starting Quarterbacks For The 2024 UFL Season | Matt Corral

Meet The Starting Quarterbacks For The 2024 UFL Season

Tomorrow, the UFL introduces a brand new iteration of spring football to the world. It’s taken us a while to get to this point, but the day is finally upon us.

With the USFL and XFL having merged together, every remaining team has seen an increased level of talent on their roster. Additionally, the NFL free agents who joined the UFL have made it even stronger.

Let’s take a look at each starting quarterback in the UFL heading into week one.

Arlington Renegades | Luis Perez

Not surprisingly, Luis Perez will be the starter for the Renegades to open up the season. Everyone who watched the XFL last year saw his triumphant run at the end of the year, bringing a Championship title to Arlington.

His story started long before his stint with Arlington, however. Perez has been a spring football staple, starting his career in the AAF with the Birmingham Iron. Since then, he’s played for the XFL’s New York Guardians, the TSL’s Jousters, and the USFL’s New Jersey Generals.

Last year in the XFL, Luis started the season with the Vegas Vipers. When they were essentially eliminated from playoff contention, Rod Woodson traded Luis to the Renegades to let him pursue a playoff run.

Perez brings stability to any organization he’s a part of. He’s a proven professional, who has over 30 starts at this level. In the Championship last year, he threw for 288 yards and 3 TD’s against a stout DC defense, as they upset the 10-1 Defenders. Expect him to continue his growth in Bob Stoop’s system now that he has been through a full training camp.

For a full roster breakdown, click here.

Birmingham Stallions | Matt Corral

When the Stallions made their splash signing of Matt Corral, many thought he would win the starting job in Birmingham, as long as he showed up and was committed.

Fast forward several weeks, and we’ve gotten to the point where he has been named the starter. Corral might be the top prospect we have ever seen at the spring football level, at the quarterback position.

At Ole Miss, Corral threw for over 8,200 yards and 57 touchdowns throughout his career. He saw tremendous production during his final two seasons, which led to the Carolina Panthers drafting him in the 3rd round in 2021.

In the NFL, Matt never fully lived up to expectations. He bounced around between Carolina and New England, but also had some issues with not showing up to Training Camp.

In the UFL, he has an opportunity to rewrite his career. This will be his first professional start this weekend.

For a full roster breakdown, click here.

DC Defenders | Jordan Ta’amu

Similar to Perez, Ta’amu is a very familiar face in spring football. He burst onto the scene in the XFL in 2020, leading the St. Louis Battlehawks to three wins as one of the most dynamic quarterbacks in the league. Unfortunately, the league shut down, and Ta’amu went a couple of years without playing.

He’s had some NFL opportunities, but has never made it past the practice squad phase. In 2022, he joined the USFL and played with Todd Haley’s Tampa Bay Bandits. The team went 4-6 and missed the playoffs, but Ta’amu led the USFL in passing yards and touchdowns.

Jordan found a home last year with the DC Defenders. He ended up earning XFL Offensive Player of the Year honors, after leading DC to a 9-1 regular season record. Ta’amu is a dual threat QB, which brings so much to the table for Reggie Barlow’s offense.

While the team will be missing RB Abram Smith this year, expect Jordan to continue to run and throw the football at a high level. In 2023, he threw for 1,878 yards and 14 touchdowns, while adding 301 yards and three scores on the ground.

For a full roster breakdown, click here.

Houston Roughnecks | Jarrett Guarantano

Jarrett Guarantano is an intriguing prospect for the Houston Roughnecks. This is his first time in the spring football scene, and he will be making his first professional start this Sunday.

Guarantano is best known for his college days at Tennessee. He saw some legitimate success at the school, but also struggled with turnovers, throwing 20 interceptions during his time there.

Jarrett transferred to Washington State for his senior season, but only saw action in three games, throwing one touchdown and three interceptions.

This is where the UFL comes into play. Guarantano has had a couple of NFL opportunities in training camp with the Broncos and Cardinals, but hasn’t seen much playing time. Under the leadership of Curtis Johnson, if Jarrett can develop as a passer, this team will be in good shape.

For a full roster breakdown, click here.

Memphis Showboats | Case Cookus

Even though Cookus hasn’t *officially* been named as the starting quarterback in Memphis, it’s almost a given at this point. The Showboats just named him as one of the team captains.

Captain Cookus, as we like to call him, has been a tremendous signal caller in the USFL the last two years. He took over for Bryan Scott in the 2022 season, and ended up leading Philadelphia to the Championship. They were well on their way to victory prior to Case breaking his leg.

In 2023, the Stars fell just short of the postseason. Offensive line play hampered the team all year long, but Cookus still posted solid numbers. He finished the year with 2,295 passing yards, and 15 touchdowns – alongside nine interceptions.

Case is surprisingly mobile as well. Those who watched his 79 yard scamper against Michigan in 2022 know how dangerous he can be with his legs. In John DeFilippo’s offense, the ceiling will be quite high for what Cookus will be capable of accomplishing in 2024.

For a full roster breakdown, click here.

Michigan Panthers | E.J. Perry

E.J. Perry is back in action for Michigan this weekend. Perry had a rather unique story in getting to the USFL last year. The Panthers signed him late in the season, but ended up throwing him into the fire in a do or die matchup against Philadelphia.

After a rough first half, Perry turned it on in the final two quarters. He led Michigan on a 14 point comeback, as they stormed past the Stars and made it into the playoffs.

In the postseason, Perry set a modern USFL record with 370 passing yards in their loss against Pittsburgh. He showed outstanding growth in such a short amount of time, and clearly was one of the best quarterbacks in the league last year despite showing up so late.

E.J. has some NFL experience, being with a couple of different NFL teams on and off their practice squads, including the Houston Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars. With a full training camp under Perry’s belt, he should be even better in this offense this year.

For a full roster breakdown, click here.

San Antonio Brahmas | Chase Garbers

Chase Garbers is another UFL “rookie”, who will be seeing his first pro start this Sunday. Garbers was an offseason addition to San Antonio, and ended up beating out Quinten Dormady for the week one starting gig.

Garbers is most popular for his time at California. His senior season, in particular, was where Chase saw his best production. Chase threw for 2,527 yards and 16 touchdowns, while adding 456 yards and four scores on the ground.

Something that OC A.J. Smith highlighted in Chase is his ability to make throws at difficult angles. He’s a mobile quarterback who can extend plays with his legs, and can make off balance throws that will throw any defense off balance.

With the amount of talent San Antonio rosters, one would expect Chase to settle in smoothly to this offense. He has been with the Las Vegas Raiders the past couple of years, making a few preseason appearances.

For a full roster breakdown, click here.

St. Louis Battlehawks | AJ McCarron

The man of the hour himself, A.J. McCarron, needs no introduction. The veteran was a key piece to the St. Louis Battlehawks offense a year ago, and was arguably the best quarterback in all of spring football.

In the XFL, McCarron led St. Louis to a 7-3 record. While they just barely missed the postseason due to a tiebreaker scenario with Seattle, AJ threw for 2,150 yards and 24 touchdowns, showcasing his efficiency week in and week out. McCarron only threw six interceptions in 2023.

AJ fits what Anthony Becht wants to do perfectly. This team has so much offensive talent that it wouldn’t be surprising to see McCarron have a better season in 2024.

After his XFL campaign, the Cincinnati Bengals had brought McCarron back on their practice squad. McCarron had spent time with Cincinnati in the NFL for a few years, even appearing in a playoff game for them. With all of the experience that he has under his belt, McCarron comes into the UFL as probably the best signal caller in week one.

For a full roster breakdown, click here.

Final Thoughts

It’s bound to be an exciting opening weekend of action in the UFL. From top to bottom, each roster abounds with playmakers. This set of quarterbacks are some of the best we’ve ever seen to start a spring league season. Buckle up, it’s going to be a fun ride this year.

Saturday’s Games:

Arlington Renegades vs. Birmingham Stallions – 1pm ET, FOX
Michigan Panthers vs. St. Louis Battlehawks – 4pm ET, FOX

Sunday’s Games:

San Antonio Brahmas vs. DC Defenders – 12pm ET, ESPN
Houston Roughnecks vs. Memphis Showboats – 3pm ET, ESPN

What are your thoughts on these UFL quarterbacks heading into the season? Who will break out as a star this year? Let us know down in the comments below, or join the conversation on Discord!