Three Players to Watch for The Birmingham Stallions
The USFL kicks off on April 16 with the Birmingham Stallions facing off against the New Jersey Generals at Protective Stadium.
The league's draft was held in February and each of the eight teams have selected their full roster and begun practicing to get ready for the inaugural season.
Before fans pledge their allegiance to Birmingham's own, here are a few players to keep an eye out for when watching the Stallions.
Alex McGough, a 6-foot-3, 214-pound quarterback, hails from Florida International where he started for the Panthers as a true freshman and earned C-USA All-Freshman Team honors, throwing for over 1,680 yards and 14 touchdowns.
After three more seasons at FIU, McGough ended his college career with 9,091 passing yards and 65 touchdowns and entered the NFL Draft after his senior season.
McGough never found his footing in the league, but spent time with the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Houston Texans.
The 26-year old, pro-style quarterback still has a lot left in the tank and will look to take the Stallions to the top of the new league. Based off of his numbers in college, McGough can put up big numbers through the air and to make the offense as dynamic as possible with his arm.
Victor Bolden, Jr.
Standing at 5-foot-9, 183 lbs., Victor Bolden, Jr. is the perfect blueprint for a playmaker in the Stallions' offense.
Bolden played at Oregon State and put together three great years for the Beavers, finishing with 5,196 all-purpose yards, 2,420 kick return yards and 14 touchdowns.
Earning the nickname "Quick", Bolden was known for being an electric player on the field and was named to the Biletnikoff Award Preseason Watch List in 2015.
Bolden entered the draft in 2017 after his final year at Oregon State and went undrafted, but was signed as a free agent by the 49ers. After spending just a season in San Francisco, he was waived and resigned to the practice squad. As a practice squad player, Bolden also saw time with the Bills and Lions before ultimately finding his way to the USFL.
Bolden can bring explosiveness, not only to their offense, but as well as their special teams. Look for the former Beaver to get back to his college form and have a great season with the Stallions.
Brian Allen is a 6-foot-3, 205 lb. cornerback from La Marque, Texas and could be a great player in the secondary for the Stallions.
Playing for the University of Utah, Allen began his career as a wide receiver, but transitioned to cornerback ahead of his sophomore season.
After four seasons with the Utes, Allen ended his career with 62 total tackles, 5 interceptions, and 1 forced fumble.
Allen went into the 2017 NFL Draft and was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the fifth round and spent four seasons in the league, also seeing time with the Seahawks, Bills, 49ers, Bengals and Browns.
With his skillset and NFL experience, look for Allen to be a potential lockdown cornerback once the season kicks off April 16.