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Showboats Add Cole Kelley to Round Out QB Room

Cole Kelley is coming to the USFL. After announcing that he’d be signing to the USFL via his Twitter, the 2022 UDFA is now joining the Memphis Showboats after being cut by the Washington Commanders during training camp 2022. Kelley joins Showboats QB Room that currently has returnee Brady White and FCS product Guy Myers.

Kelley comes to the USFL after spending time Arkansas and SE Louisiana. The 6-7, 250-pound QB, spent two years at Arkansas before transferring to SE Louisiana, putting up “video game” numbers for the Lions in 2021. In addition to historically dominant time in Hammond, Kelley received All-American honors (FCS 2020,2021), the FCS Walter Payton Award, and All-Conference honors as well. Despite his collegiate success Kelley would become an UDFA in the 2022 NFL Draft.

2019SE Louisiana699381074.21028920010
2020SE Louisiana2103052,66268.918476467
2021SE Louisiana2843883,63473.231611339012
Kelley’s Statistics in College

Kelley would be signed by the Washington Commanders on May 2nd, only to be released by the team on August 8th. Despite not even playing in a preseason game for the Commanders Kelley did receive a $5,000 bonus from the team. Kelley would remain unemployed for the entire 2022 NFL season receiving limited interest from teams. Kelley did receive some XFL interest, however, was not assigned during the November draft and January supplemental draft.

Cole Kelley 12 during his time with the Washington Commanders

Kelley now will be given his first true opportunity to start with the Showboats. Kelley will now have to battle Brady White a Memphis Alum, and Guy Myers from the FCS University of Charleston, for the QB1 position. Kelley who is a physical specimen and extremely mobile is the optimal position to succeed with a revamped offensive line, new running backs, and the return of the receiving duo Rashard Davis and Derrick Dillon. As the Showboats transition from Birmingham/Tampa Bay to Memphis Kelley could be the fixture that “rights the ship” for the new fan base known as the Yacht Club.

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Pat Rifino is a former Security Contractor turned writer. He began his writing career talking about geo-politics, and the defense industry. Now Pat writes about alt-league football, while hanging out with his dogs in his off time.

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  1. L Saxon

    February 15, 2023 at 12:56 pm

    He will be great. All he has done is win/dominate. In addition to all the yards, TDs, etc, in addition to winning the FCS “Heisman” (almost twice), he also comes in to the FCS all-star game, orchestrates a come-back win in the 4th qtr, and gets the freaking MVP. Oh, and he also SHINED at the combine, but nobody talked about it b/c they had their minds made up as to which Qbs they were focused on. I honestly don’t know what else he could’ve done to gain more hype. I live right outside of Hammond, graduated from SLU (a long time ago) and I really followed this kid since he came here from Arkansas. He’s the real deal. 6’7” 250 ….and can run. If he’s given a real chance, he will win. The problem is, he can win a championship and the NFL probably still won’t notice. I hope he does, and I hope someone in the NFL gets their head out their behind and sees it. Congrats to Memphis; y’all got a good one. Good luck this season; I’ll be rooting for you.

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