UFL MVP Race: Five Early Season Candidates | AJ McCarron

UFL MVP Race: Five Early Season Candidates

The early season MVP race is heating up in the UFL. Just two weeks into the season and we’ve already seen multiple incredible performances. From Jake Bates’ massive leg to Chase Garbers’ impressive arm talent, here is a quick look at the MVP race as it stands after week two.

Honorable Mentions

Rueben Foster – Houston Roughnecks: Foster has placed himself firmly in the driver seat of the DPOY award, forcing turnovers and chaos galore. Despite the rocky start for Houston, Foster has played incredibly well.

Matt Corral – Birmingham Stallions: Corral is incredibly talented, however his numbers thus far have yet to reach MVP worthy numbers by any standard. He obviously has the skill set, but does he have the stats? At this point in the season- that answer is no.

5. Jake Bates – Michigan Panthers

Before you say it- yes Jake Bates is a legitimate contender for UFL MVP. The impressive place kicker has converted from 60+ yards in back to back games, including the now famous game-winning kick in week one. If not for Bates, the Panthers would have lost against the Battlehawks, and likely wouldn’t have been even close to the Stallions this past week. Bates’ massive kicking ability essentially means anytime the Panthers offense gets across the 50 (which isn’t very often) they can come away with points. 52, 62, and 64 yard field goals should not be overlooked in this MVP race.

4. Case Cookus – Memphis Showboats

Case Cookus looks accurate and on point two weeks into the season. The returning USFL star has thrown for 398 yards on the season and has 2 touchdowns to his name, however his leadership capacity has been the brightest spot this season. Cookus is often seen rallying the troops and focusing his team. His playing style has elevated those around him- and he’s arguably done more with less than other MVP caliber QBs. O-line issues and a very lackluster run game have meant Cookus has had to produce on multiple levels. The Chef is also notably a rushing threat- running for 74 yards on the season which is 5th in the entire league.

3. Jordan Ta’amu – DC Defenders

After a rocky start to the season, Jordan Ta’amu rallied to put together a very impressive second half victory against Houston. The proficient passer has thrown for 439 yards on the season and 2 touchdowns. Turnovers have been an issue, notably a near pick six that all but ended the game in San Antonio. However, Ta’amu has displayed confidence and consistency through the chaos, showing why he is one of the best players and leaders in the UFL.

2. Chase Garbers – San Antonio Brahmas

Week two was no doubt a frustrating one for the talented Chase Garbers- up until the last two drives. The former Raiders QB went on an offensive tear- throwing for 2 TDs and leading his team back from down 11 with just 48 seconds to go. This explosive burst of offense is exactly why Garbers (and San Antonio) is at the top of people’s lists right now. With 5 passing TDs on the year and 443 yards, what’s not to love about Garbers? The future and the present are both bright for the Brahmas QB. But, one player is just a little bit better than the Brahmas QB.

1. AJ McCarron – St. Louis Battlehawks

After a tough week one loss in Detroit, the Battlehawks and their star QB AJ McCarron bounced back big against the Renegades. In a back and forth classic, McCarron proved once again why he’s hands down the best player in the league. In their victory AJ went for 248 yards and 2 touchdowns. This, combined with the fact that McCarron is completing 65% of his passes right now, lands him the league’s 2nd best QBR rating at 105.9. He leads the league in passing- has the second most touchdowns, and is the spark Saint Louis needs offensively. He’s galvanized a team and a fanbase- and the UFL as a whole. Thanks to that, AJ is your MVP frontrunner after week two.

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