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2023 USFL teams, coaches, and star players

USFL teams

The USFL has made a comeback in a big way, giving fans a new football league to follow. Now that the 2023 season has kicked off for all eight USFL teams, many are wondering who’s all involved?

What are the teams in the USFL? Are there any familiar names we know? Who are the biggest USFL football stars among the coaches and players? Based on the information we have, we’ll do our best to answer all the above questions and more down below.

List of USFL teams, coaches

North Division

  • Michigan Panthers – Coached by Mike Nolan
  • New Jersey Generals – Coached by Mike Riley
  • Philadelphia Stars – Coached by Bart Andrus
  • Pittsburgh Maulers – Coached by Ray Horton

South Division

  • Birmingham Stallions – Coached by Skip Holtz
  • Houston Gamblers – Coached by Curtis Johnson
  • Memphis Showboats – Coached by Todd Haley
  • New Orleans Breakers – Coached by John DeFilippo

Related: 2023 USFL power rankings: See how all eight teams stack up

Breaking down the USFL star players

USFL: New Jersey Generals at Birmingham Stallions
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Unlike the list of USFL head coaches, there isn’t a name like Todd Haley involved on the player side, but there are still several others football fans will recognize, either from their college days or from other independent football leagues aside from the NFL.

When the United States Football League conducted their player draft in 2022 to fill out the 38-man rosters, the Michigan Panthers selected former Michigan Wolverines quarterback Shea Patterson No. 1 overall. But he’s no longer in the league.

Other players who became stars in the USFL, have since landed in the NFL, like KaVontae Turpin, last season’s MVP, who’s now with the Dallas Cowboys. The same goes for 2022 Defensive Player of the Year, Chris Odom, who is a member of the Cleveland Browns.

But the USFL’s reigning Offensive Player of the Year, running back Darius Victor, is back with the New Jersey Generals in 2023.

Unlike the NFL, player salaries are all equal in the USFL, but there are still some players who enter the league with a higher profile than others. Here’s a list of some of the most notable names expected to participate in the 2023 USFL season:

  • Alex McGough, QB, Birmingham Stallions
  • Kyle Lauletta, QB, New Jersey Generals
  • James Morgan, QB, Pittsburgh Maulers
  • Darius Victor, RB, New Jersey Generals (2022 Offensive Player of the Year)
  • Bo Scarbrough, RB, Birmingham Stallions
  • Alex Collins, RB, Memphis Showboats
  • Vinny Papale, WR, Memphis Showboats
  • Trey Quinn, WR, Michigan Panthers
  • Jace Sternberger, TE, Birmingham Stallions
  • Bug Howard, TE, Philadelphia Stars
  • Isaiah Battle, OT, New Jersey Generals
  • Breeland Speaks, DE, Michigan Panthers
  • Daylon Mack, DT, Memphis Showboats
  • Scooby Wright, LB, Birmingham Stallions
  • Reuben Foster, LB, Pittsburgh Maulers
  • Channing Stribling, CB, Philadelphia Stars

A complete list of USFL draft picks from 2022 can be found here. Stay tuned to Sportsnaut for more USFL news throughout the season.

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