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USFL Offseason in Review: Birmingham Stallions Running Backs

The Birmingham Stallions had one of the more dynamic rushing attacks in the 2022 USFL that was surged by the Mid-Season signing of Bo Scarbrough. While the Stallions are set to return Scarbrough as probably the feature back, they did retain C.J. Marable, Tony Brooks-James, and Fullback Bobby Holly as well as adding ZaQuandre White on January 14th. For a unit that totaled over 1,000 yards and 12 Touchdowns expect the Stallions in 2023 to continue to build from an already dangerous Running Back room.

Newest Addition

The Stallions added well-traveled Running Back ZaQuandre White for 2023. After bouncing around Florida State, Junior College, and finishing up at South Carolina, White maybe just a camp body or competing with Tony Brooks-James for the RB3 spot. White is an extremely raw Running Back who never passed the coveted 1k rushing yards threshold in college. According to Football DB, he only started six games at South Carolina however, did manage to earn an invite from the Dolphins during 2022’s NFL training camp. While White didn’t have the most dynamic training camp he did manage to earn a practice squad spot for the Dolphins lasting about Seven weeks earning about $99,000 per Spotrac.

Who’s Coming Back:

The Stallions are set to return their three headed rushing attack plus Fullback Bobby Holly. While Scarbrough is setting himself up to be the work horse of the group, it’s easy to forget that C.J. Marable did lead the team in rushing (400 yards) compared to Scarbrough’s 353 albeit with getting signed about 3 weeks into the season. The Stallions also still have Tony Brooks-James who offers the offense a nice change of pace in addition to possibility being the Stallions main Kick Returner in 2023.

The Stallions Fullback Bobby Holly also provides the team a solid H-Back with decent pass catching ability and the ability to contribute to the rushing attack in his own right. Coupled with the rushing abilities of Quarterbacks Alex McGough and J’Mar Smith the Stallions offense could easily be the top unit in the USFL come 2023. In total the rushing attack combined over 1,300 yards with Five players contributing over 100 yards.

Closing Thoughts:

The return of the Stallions trifecta is extremely advantageous for the teams run at a repeat championship. With Scarbrough having a full season to work with the offense he’s easily in contention for an All-USFL selection. The dominate running game complimented with a new experienced receiving corps, makes the offensive side of the ball of the leagues more elite units. What may get lost in the Stallions running back room is that C.J Marable is also extremely valuable in the receiving game placing him fourth on the team (20 receptions). Overall, the team has remained consistent in keeping a solid offensive corps that enhances the mantra of reload not rebuild.

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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. Ken Granito

    January 27, 2023 at 11:47 am

    Right on! I am not familiar with Z. White, but I watched a lot of the Stallions last year and you nailed this! I concur. A very good piece!

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