While some USFL players were drafted in the XFL Draft last week, running back, Dexter Williams decided to rejoin the Philadelphia Stars for the 2023 USFL season.
The Philadelphia Stars Twitter page announced the news Thursday as they signed Williams and two other players.
Williams was drafted by the Arlington Renegades in the tenth round of the XFL Draft last week. He was among 17 other former USFL players who the XFL drafted. It is the first time that a USFL player has decided to sign back with the USFL instead of the XFL.
The Philadelphia Stars picked up Williams for the USFL title game with injuries to the running back position days before the game. He stepped up and was very productive, as he recorded 29 rushing yards and 73 receiving yards in Philadelphia’s 33-30 loss to the USFL champs Birmingham Stallions.
Notre Dame fans remember Williams well as he ran for 1,636 yards and 20 touchdowns in four seasons with the Fighting Irish. His best season came in 2018 when he ran for 995 yards and 12 touchdowns.
A former sixth-round pick of the NFL, Williams is best known for playing for the Green Bay Packers from 2018 through 2021 and played with the Cleveland Browns in 2021. He ran for 19 yards in seven games during his NFL career. He most recently rejoined the Packers during training camp this year.
Williams will have some tough competition in the backfield for Philadelphia as he will have to compete with Matt Colburn II, Paul Terry, and Darnell Holland for the starting job. Colburn II was considered one of the best running backs in the USFL, as he ran for 457 yards and eight touchdowns last season. Terry and Holland each ran for over 140 yards and two touchdowns.
Philadelphia knows they have a back in Williams who is versatile and can impact the passing game and running game. He showed that even with little knowledge of the offense in the title game, he found a way to make plays for the Stars. The USFL should be on notice that the Stars have an extremely deep backfield, and Williams makes them better for it.