Nick Buchanan has been one of the top offensive lineman in the USFL for the past two years. Buchanan was a key piece to the Gamblers’ rushing success, helping RB Mark Thompson set a league record with 14 rushing touchdowns in 2023.
Nick started in all ten games for Houston this season. His blocking is quite underrated, as he’s been very consistent throughout his career. Buchanan started in his final 25 games at Florida in college. Curtis Johnson’s offensive line will be in solid shape with the return of Nick.
OT Avery Gennesy
Another major retention for Houston’s offensive line is Avery Gennesy. Like Nick, Avery started in all ten games for the Gamblers in 2023. Houston pounded the rock with Mark Thompson at the helm, and Avery played an important role in that action. Avery earned All-USFL honors in 2023.
Gennesy is no stranger to spring football. He’s been in the USFL with the Gamblers for the past two seasons – and played with the XFL’s Houston Roughnecks back in 2020, starting in all five games during that shortened season. Gennesy also spent time in the AAF, starting in eight games for the Atlanta Legends.
General Manager Lionel Vital has been making moves as of late. After over two months of silence, the team has signed several athletes in preparation for the 2024 season.
The USFL-XFL merger is nearly complete, and only one team can be brought over in Houston, between the Gamblers and Roughnecks. Nothing is set in stone officially, but the latest we’ve been hearing is that the Gamblers have the edge in an eight team scenario.
Regardless of what ultimately happens, it’s business as usual until the merger is announced.
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