USFL Kicker Brandon Aubrey Shines In NFL Debut With Dallas

USFL Kicker Brandon Aubrey Impresses In NFL Debut With Dallas

Brandon Aubrey, the former Birmingham Stallions kicker, made his NFL debut last night. He spent the last two seasons in the USFL, winning back to back championships with the Stallions.

Aubrey has a fascinating story. He was a standout soccer player for Notre Dame, and ended up playing for a couple of MLS organizations coming out of college.

Then, he decided to give professional football a try. The USFL offered him an opportunity, and he made the most of it – earning All-USFL honors during the 2022 season.

After impressing this past year with Birmingham, the Dallas Cowboys decided to take a gamble and give Brandon Aubrey a chance.

He did quite well in preseason, ultimately beating out Tristan Vizcaino for the starting gig. His long and unprecedented journey culminated on Sunday Night Football on NBC, as Brandon saw quite a bit of action for the Dallas Cowboys.

NFL Debut Recap

Things got off to a rough start for Aubrey. He shanked his first XP attempt left, which caught quite a bit of attention on social media.

With the jitters behind him, Brandon Aubrey turned things around. He was given an opportunity to redeem himself with a 21 yard field goal, which he nailed.

Throughout the first half, Brandon was put to work. He ended up connecting on his next two extra point attempts, and also hit a 38 yard field goal.

Heading into halftime, Brandon Aubrey was 2/2 on field goals, and 2/3 on XP attempts.

In the second half, Aubrey continued to perform. He made both XP attempts, finding a rhythm after the early miss. Hopefully with a full game behind him, Aubrey’s confidence will continue to grow week after week.

Final Thoughts

Once again, the USFL continues to prove that it’s filled with quality talent. In addition, the national platform they provide to their players on FOX and NBC gives them opportunities that otherwise wouldn’t be possible.

The Dallas Cowboys are no strangers to the USFL. 2022 MVP KaVontae Turpin signed with Dallas last year, and eventually made the Pro Bowl as a returner. Turpin saw some action in last night’s game as well – scoring a late touchdown to put the team up 40-0.

KaVontae Turpin finished the night with two receptions for 11 yards, alongside three carries for 14 yards.

Former Philadelphia Stars DT LaBryan Ray was active today for the Carolina Panthers, but did not see much action in their loss.

Through just two seasons, the USFL has provided over 100 of their athletes with NFL opportunities. Heading towards season three, the future is incredibly bright for the professional spring football league.

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