Michigan Panthers Make Final Cuts, Claim Cohl Cabral

Michigan Panthers Make Final Cuts, Claim Cohl Cabral

The Michigan Panthers have made their final cuts in UFL Training Camp. Following what was a very competitive few weeks with the amount of talent the team brought in, they now have finalized their roster for this season.

Prior to getting to the cuts, the Panthers did make a rather important move last night. They waived OT Drew Himmelman, and picked up C Cohl Cabral off of waivers from Birmingham.

Cabral is a legitimate addition to this roster. It’s hard to believe that he didn’t stick with the Stallions, as he started in ten games for the Championship team last year.

Now, Cohl moves over to Michigan. He’s an extremely talented center who could easily make a case for himself as a starter at some point this year. Cabral also spent some time with the Arizona Cardinals after the USFL season concluded.

Offensive Cuts

RB Toa Taua
WR Samson Nacua
OT Gene Pryor

Of the three cuts made on the offensive side of the football, Gene Pryor sticks out as the most recognizable. He made ten starts for the Michigan Panthers last year, and showed some improvement down the stretch of the season as the team made a playoff push.

Samson Nacua was an offseason signing for the Panthers, who was previously with the Pittsburgh Maulers for a couple of weeks in 2023. Nacua’s brother, Kai, remains rostered on the defense.

Toa Taua felt like the odd man out in the backfield for Michigan. With Wes Hills, Matt Colburn, and Nate McCrary all on the roster, there wasn’t room for everyone. Taua was with the Panthers last year, but did not record any statistics.

Defensive Cuts

DT Jamal Milan
DE Nasir Player
DE Vantrel McMillian
LB Jerod Fernandez
DB Alex Thomas

To be honest, the three biggest surprises here are the new additions. Nasir Player joined Michigan through the Dispersal Draft, after an excellent 2023 season with the Pittsburgh Maulers. Player is a prospect who would make any defensive line stronger, so it’s unfortunate to see him go.

Jamal Milan and Vantrel McMillan were both with the Panthers last year. Milan posted 11 tackles and a sack in four games, but some injuries kept him sidelined. McMillan has been with Michigan for the past two years, and is a veteran that could end up on another roster.

Two of the most underrated pickups during the Dispersal Draft process were from the New Orleans Breakers. Former All-USFL LB Jerod Fernandez and DB Alex Thomas made their way over to the team.

Fernandez, in particular, is a surprising release. I expected him to be a key part of this defense given his success with the Breakers. Thomas is also an up and coming corner who had some phenomenal performances last year.

Final Thoughts

Obviously, these cuts were not easy to make by any means for General Manager Steve Kazor and Head Coach Mike Nolan. The Panthers have completely retooled their roster across the board through this merger, and with 75 players coming to camp originally, they simply can’t keep everyone as it stands right now.

Michigan will kick off their season at home on March 30th, hosting the St. Louis Battlehawks at 4pm ET.

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