Quarterback Bryan Scott, formerly of the USFL’s Philadelphia Stars, has been assigned to the Vegas Vipers, according to the XFL’s Communications Department. Scott joins a Vegas team that has fellow quarterbacks Luis Perez and Jalan McClendon in their fold.
The move to Vegas was widely speculated primarily due to information posted on social media by Scott himself along with his appearances at camps run by XFL quarterback guru Jordan Palmer.
Scott’s USFL contract expired Sunday morning, as he did not exercise his second year option to play in the USFL. It was expected that Scott would be selected in Sunday’s XFL supplemental draft, but the assignment to Vegas was announced outside the draft’s format.
Interestingly, the XFL’s release did not mention Scott’s time in The Spring League or the USFL, instead listing his college stop at Occidental College and his NFL workouts with the Chiefs, Colts, and Falcons.
At Division III Occidental College, Scott re-wrote the passing record books for both his school and his conference. In The Spring League, Scott was a two-time MVP winner which led to his first round selection in the 2022 USFL Draft.
Scott played well in three games with the Stars before falling to injury, completing 60 of 85 passes (70.6%) for 558 yards, five touchdowns, and two interceptions. Following his injury, Case Cookus took over at quarterback for the Stars and led the team to the USFL Championship.
In Vegas, Scott has as good a chance as anyone to end up as the opening day starter. His primary competition will be XFL draftee Luis Perez, who impressed with the USFL’s Generals last season.
Philadelphia now has just one passer under contract for the 2022 season, with Case Cookus currently playing for the NFL’s Los Angeles Rams. Kevin Thomason, the 2019 Big Sky Player of the Year, is the favorite to take the field for the Stars in 2022.
With Scott joining the XFL, Clayton Thorson and Alex McGough are the USFL’s only 2022 first round quarterback selections that remain with their teams.
Outside of Scott, there is speculation that former Tampa Bay Bandits quarterback Jordan Ta’amu may depart for the XFL in today’s supplemental draft.
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