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USFL Offseason in Review: Birmingham Stallions Quarterbacks

The Stallions did a little bit of retooling during the offseason. While Alex McGough and J’Mar Smith remain with the team, the Stallions decided to move on from Montell Cozart and brought in Jalen Morton on December 13th.

The Quarterback Room:

Alex McGough and J’Mar Smith combined for over 2,000 yards passing and added an additional 326 on the ground accounting for 18 TDs combined. While McGough and Smith figure to be the main two that will take snaps for Skip Holtz in 2023, Morton does add additional value as a tweener at QB2/QB3. While it appears Smith is set to open the year as the Week One starter, don’t count out Alex McGough at being used in special packages or even lining up at Wide Receiver if needed in a pinch.

Morton joins the Stallions after being a bit of a journeyman between the NFL and CFL. Originally an undrafted free agent out of Prairie View A&M, Morton spent 2020 and 2021 splitting time with the Packers and Colts before going up North signing a contract with Hamilton in September of 2021. Morton spent the rest of the 2021 season bouncing back and forth on the Ti-Cats practice squad before being resigned in January of 2022. For his CFL career Morton has appeared in four games in 2022 going 2/6 for 13 yards and 1 interception with 14 yards on the ground.

Closing Thoughts:

With the same coaching staff and top two Quarterbacks returning the Stallions are in solid position to continue to defend their title for 2023.With the addition of Morton the Stallions also gain a QB who does have recent CFL experience, and more playing time over Cozart who is now with the Houston Gamblers. With less than three months till the USFL season begins, Stallions fans are chomping at the bit to see their championship team defend their title.

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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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