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Projecting The Birmingham Stallions 50 Man UFL Roster

The Birmingham Stallions have had an impressive run in the past 2 seasons with winning 2 championships and only having 3 losses in a 24 game span. The Stallions this season get to assert their dominance on some new opponents with the XFL and USFL are now merged into the UFL. But before we get to that, they have to cut down from their 75 man roster to 50. Today, before training camp starts, we’ll do some projecting to see what the roster might look like by the end of camp. Remember that this is just my opinion and players that I have as cuts could end up being great players in the league, this is mostly a way to look at where their roster shapes up going into camp. Let’s jump into it.

Quarterback

Staying: Matt Corral, Adrian Martinez, J’Mar Smith

Cuts: Jalen Morton

One of the biggest splash additions this offseason was Birmingham adding former 3rd Round Matt Corral. Him and the other offseason addition in rookie Adrian Martinez make for some of the best candidates to replace USFL 2023 MVP Alex McGough who is now on the Packers. J’Mar Smith makes for a great low ceiling high floor 3rd QB in the room where he can still compete for the starting job as he’s played well for Birmingham and knows the system dating back to his La. Tech days but doesn’t have the upside of the other 2. The odd man out is Jalen Morton who spent the 2023 season as the backup to McGough but he gets pushed out after 2 high profile additions.

Skill Positions

Staying:

  • RB CJ Marable, Ricky Person Jr, Larry Roundtree
  • WR Victor Bolden, Deon Cain, Chris Lacy, Binjimen Victor
  • Slot Slade Bolden, Amari Rodgers, Marlon Williams
  • TE Jace Sternberger, Jordan Thomas 

Cuts:

  • RB Bobby Holly, Bo Scarbrough, 
  • WR Kevin Austin, Gary Jennings
  • Slot Myron Mitchell
  • TE Marcus Baugh

A trend that will keep popping up with this Stallions team is insane depth causing some tough cuts. These skill position groups have that with fan favorite Bo Scarbrough on the outside looking in alongside some other notable names in FB Bobby Holly and former Battlehawk WR Gary Jennings. Those guys being out shows how good these rooms are. At running back they bring back Marable and Person Jr and add former 6th round pick Larry Roundtree, at receiver they have 6 of the 7 receivers that were on an NFL squad in 2023 including former 3rd round pick Amari Rodgers, and at tight end they bring back 2 spring football tight ends that played well enough to get NFL opportunities in All-USFL TE Jace Sternberger and Jordan Thomas. This group like many others are insanely stacked for Bham.

Offensive Line

Staying:

  • T Calvin Ashley, Christian Dilauro, Alex Taylor
  • G Deonte Brown, Matt Kaskey, Zack Johnson
  • C Cohl Cabral, Cole Schneider

Cuts:

  • T Larnel Coleman, Derwin Gray, Darius Harper, Jahmir Johnson
  • G O’Shea Dugas
  • C Josh Sokol

The offensive line for the Stallions is a group that is in the process of getting overhauled. Their offensive line was fine last year but once again they added a bunch of talent that will push out some of the old offensive line. The 3 returning players are both centers in Cohl Cabral and Cole Schneider, and guard Matt Kaskey. They added 3 NFL vets in Deonte Brown, Christian DiLauro, and Alex Taylor who I envision all starting this year and another in Zack Johnson that could be in that mix too. The last offensive lineman is All-USFL G Calvin Ashley who has tackle flexibly. That leaves so many offensive lineman that will probably get work somewhere else in the league like O’Shea Dugas, Larnel Coleman, Josh Sokol, and others. It wouldn’t surprise me if they go for 9 offensive lineman and try to have some depth but with a lot of flexible offensive linemen I kept it to 8.

Defensive Line

Staying: Carlos Davis, Jaylen Twyman, Marvin Wilson, Willie Yarbary

Cuts: Caleb Sampson, Jordan Thompson

The 2023 Birmingham Stallion defensive line starred Khalil Davis who has gone on to be a quality rotational defensive tackle for the Texans but that’s ok because the 2024 Stallions got his brother Carlos Davis to be a part of the rotation. They also added Marvin Wilson who was a star at Florida and Jaylen Twyman who was a 6th round pick a few years ago. They also would be bringing back Willie Yarbary who has been a starter for them in both of their seasons. That leaves Jordan Thompson who was a part of the Stallions last season and free agent addition Caleb Sampson on the outside looking in.

Edge Rushers

Staying: Owen Carney, Carlo Kemp, Hercules Mata’afa, Anree Saint-Armour, Dondrea Tillman, Curtis Weaver

Cuts: Damarcus Mitchell

I don’t envy Stallions GM Zach Potter when deciding who stays in this edge room. Every one of these players either has excelled at the spring ball league or is an interesting addition from the NFL ranks. Carlo Kemp, Hercules Mata’afa, Anree Saint-Armour, and Dondrea Tillman are familiar faces to USFL fans and they’re all great. They also added Curtis Weaver who was a day 3 pick a few years ago and Owen Carney who has been in the NFL for the past 2 seasons. The reason I picked Carney for the last spot is he’s a bit bigger so there’s some extra flexibility if you move him inside on passing downs but everyone in this group should be rostered by someone this spring including the one cut in Damarcus Mitchell.

Linebackers

Staying: DeMarquis Gates, Travin Howard, Chris Orr, Elijah Sullivan, Kyahva Tezino

Cuts: Damon Lloyd, Scooby Wright

The Stallions went out and invested at the linebacker position this offseason. Getting 2 2023 All-USFL linebackers in Kyahva Tezino and Chris Orr on top of NFL vet Travin Howard is ridiculous. They also recently added back DeMarquis Gates who was an All USFL LB in 2022 before a 2 year stint with the Bears. The last pick might be controversial as I’m keeping Elijah Sullivan over fan favorite Scooby Wright as depth due to Wright’s recent Injuries and age.

Secondary

Staying: 

  • CB Ike Brown, Nevelle Clarke, Mark Gilbert, Chris Jackson, Channing Stribling
  • S Bubba Bolden, Kenny Robinson, James Wiggins, AJ Thomas

Cuts:

  • CB Terrell Bonds,Lorenzo Burns, Madre Harper, Mark Milton
  • S TJ Carter, Daniel Isom, JoJo Tillery

The UFL is loaded with many good secondaries and Birmingham is one of the best. This room is a completely new look group with no returning DBs with guys like JoJo Tillery and Lorenzo Burns not making the cut. They now have a trio of starting corners in Gilbert, Stribling, and Clarke that could be one of the best in the league on top of Ike Brown and Chris Jackson who are fresh out of the NFL. Safety is even more nutty with XFL 2020 star Kenny Robinson returning to spring football with 2 other safeties joining the group in former Breaker James Wiggins and former Chicago Bear AJ Thomas. They even traded for Bubba Bolden who will compete with Robinson for that free safety role. It’s another solid group for the Stallions.

Specialist

Staying: K Chris Blewitt, P Colby Wadman, LS Ryan Langan

Cuts: None

The Stallions decided to forgo a competition in their specialist room which means that they’re bringing back punter Colby Wadman and long snapper Ryan Langan who have been in those roles as long as the Stallions have existed. The new man in town is Chris Blewitt who is looking to replace NFL Pro Bowl kicker Brandon Aubrey who got his start on the Stallions in their first 2 seasons. Blewitt was one of the better kickers in the USFL last season for the Maulers so he seems like a good candidate for the job.

Final Thoughts

This Stallions roster might be the best spring football has ever since. Not only did they make splashes in free agency but they have incredible depth to where many of the players who don’t make the squad will be on other teams in either the UFL or CFL this spring. They have by far the most former NFL draft pick currently rostered with 17 (6 more than anyone else). It was tough cutting the likes of Bo Scarbrough, Gary Jennings, DaMarcus Mitchell, JoJo Tillery, and TJ Carter but that goes to show why Birmingham is the team to beat in the first season of the UFL this spring.

How do you think the Stallions will fare in 2024? Let us know your thoughts down in the comments below or join the conversation on Discord.

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  1. We didn’t even get to camp yet, but you have done some research, even some soul searching and have come up with a really good team. People get injured, players have been injured and it needs to be determined how these players have recovered. These reasons and the unforeseen amazing camp are reasons some of these picks might change, but as an open-minded and observant fan, myself, I think these are really good picks.

    Sometimes I could see happening….I don’t think they will carry 5 edge rushers, but the Stallions have never been shy about re-signing a player after injury occurs. 2. If healthy, I think Bobby Holly makes the team. They will not carry only two Tight Ends if Holly is not on the roster. He plays both FB and TE positions well and the way they use him it won’t matter if the players have become more athletic, because they use him when it is advantageous to them to do so, so he will always have an edge. He may really get cut, but that would go against what Holtz has liked do.

    Finding 25 cuts is hard to do, but think once they get down to 50, then they need to get the 42 actives. I don’t envy these guys.

  2. Cutting Scooby Wright is a very bad idea! To the clown that wrote this article you definitely don’t know a single thing about football and aren’t very smart on the football side of things! To the clown that wrote this article please for the love of the Lord go kick rocks and get a job that doesn’t involve writing a ridiculous article like this one where you made the most absolute worst 50 man Birmingham Stallions roster predictions! Some of my friends can write better articles than this one!

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