The USFL Season One has officially ended, and one thing we learned over the ten-game season for the Maulers was their fight, determination, and not backing down. The USFL proved to many, just like earlier spring football leagues that may have come up short, that we need an expansion of football in different forms and markets that may not have the NFL, a place that talent can go to when they have not had the luck or opportunity they deserve.
The USFL supplied over 360 players to show off their talent and create film and data across multiple platforms; this journey may have been the last go around or just the beginning for many. When we look back on the Pittsburgh Maulers season and how rough of a time they had, some key members of this roster still deserve that invite from one of the thirty-two teams.
Wide Receiver – Tre Walker
Tre Walker was a critical piece for the Maulers in the eight games he played this season which he started a total of three. Tre Walker brought a unique style to the field, getting 33 completions for 362 yards, with his longest being for 33 yards and 1,007 all-purpose yards.
While only bringing in one touchdown this year, I feel if he had had more consistency at the quarterback position all season long, we would not be talking about the Maulers coming in last place in the USFL. In the NFL, I feel that he would have the consistency at the Quarterback position that would allow him to get out there on drives and be a player that would bring his knowledge from this season to aid a team at the wide receiver position.
Running Back – Madre London
Coming in number seven in the league for top running backs, Madre London had 96 attempts for 415 yards and 1 Touchdown. London, coming in at 6’1, 220 lbs, went undrafted in the 2019 NFL Draft, played in the Spring League and then the first season of the Fan Controlled Football League before landing a spot on the Pittsburgh Maulers team roster. He would play in all 10 games and have also gotten 34 receiving yards, bringing him to an overall 449 all-purpose yards.
Kicker – Ramiz Ahmed
Coming in third overall in the USFL for kicking stats, Ramiz was a kicker in a league of constant issues and struggles throughout the season. He was a kicker who made a difference and even threw a touchdown pass during a game. Ramiz would play in all ten of the Maulers games, sometimes being the only player to get points on the board for the Maulers.
Ahmed tacked on 49 points throughout the season, making 14 out of 22 field goals with a 64.0% rate, with his longest being from 61 yards which were the longest of the USFL 2022 season. He would make 7 out of 10 extra points with a 70.0%. He has shown his resilience under pressure bringing more consistency to the kicker position during the season.
Linebacker – Kyahva Tezino
Despite his first game being postponed by a total of 24 hours and playing the only Monday night football game in the 2022 USFL season, Tezino would get an interception and would, assist the Maulers in 9 out of the 10 games and would lead the team in all categories rather it was his 56 solo tackles, 30 assists, with a total of 86 combined tackles, 5 of those being for losses and 2.5 sacks. Tenzino often put his team on his back during the season and led the team in all fashions.
Defensive Tackle – Boogie Roberts
Boogie Roberts is a man of dedication, strength, and overcoming numerous obstacles during the season, Boogie showed up for every game ready to play and make a difference as a team leader finishing with 10 solo tackles and 14 assists, bringing his overall total combined tackles to 24 and one tackle for a loss, the numbers may not show much on the field. Still, the leadership Boogie brought to the team would have played in every game if it wasn’t for a one-game suspension for what I saw and reported as a huge mistake when he was breaking up a fight on the sideline.
The most significant part of the season that I feel directly should contribute to Boogie Roberts getting a look from an NFL team and his willingness to be a leader; he is hard working and showed how hard of a worker he was this season when he had to finish quite a bit of work to receive his Master’s Degree. He demonstrated his hard work on and off the field, which would go very well with an NFL team. Boogie is no stranger to the NFL as he signed as an undrafted free agent to the Los Angeles Rams in 2019 before being released.
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