To state the obvious here: Case Cookus is clearly the starter in Philadelphia. With that in mind, it means that the USFL’s opening game this weekend will feature Brady White and Case Cookus as the two starting quarterbacks.
USFL & College Experience
Part of the reason why White gets the nod, is simply because he’s had experience with Todd Haley. Brady played for the Tampa Bay Bandits in 2022, but saw limited minutes due to Jordan Ta’amu serving as the starter.
Now, he will lead the Memphis Showboats as they make their USFL debut in 2023. This is an excellent story for the league, because White is a hometown hero in the city.
In three years with the University of Memphis, Brady threw for over 10,000 yards alongside 90 touchdowns. In 2020, he won the William V. Campbell Trophy; which is presented to the college football player with the best combination of academics, community service and on-field performance.
— The Captain (0-0) FUTURE 2024 USFL CHAMPIONS (@USFL_ShowBoats) April 1, 2023
The Memphis Showboats feature a ton of talent offensively. Rashard Davis, Derrick Dillon, Alex Collins, and plenty of others make up a star-studded offense. With all of this talent at his fingertips, Brady should perform quite well in 2023.
Now, White isn’t guaranteed to hold the starting position. The team signed both Cole Kelley and Ryan Willis in the offseason, who are exceptional QB’s in their own regard.
Ryan Willis is a name plenty of spring football fans are familiar with. He won The Spring League’s Mega Bowl in 2021, leading the Linemen to the top. Since then, he’s spent time with the Chicago Bears, before signing with the XFL’s Battlehawks. He’s proven himself as a solid quarterback on this stage before, so expect big things from Willis if his name is called upon.
BREAKING: QB Cole Kelley has signed with the @USFLShowboats. @ColeKelley10 was outstanding at both Arkansas and Southeastern Louisiana.
Cole Kelley is also an intriguing prospect. He played fantastic football at Southeastern Louisiana, and is the type of signal caller who can push the ball down the field frequently. It’s pretty remarkable to see the Showboats retain so much depth in their quarterback room.
Heading into the 2023 season, the Memphis Showboats have a lot to prove. After missing the playoffs at 4-6 last season (as Tampa Bay), Memphis will look to rewrite their future in the USFL in a new city.