with the USFL Getting into the middle of this season, it’s a good time to take a closer look at the top MVP candidates in the league.
Every team has at least one loss in the second half of the year. the New Orleans Breakers It has the best mark at 4-1, but that can be said Houston Gamblers They are playing their best football, having won 3 matches in a row, including a win over the defending champions last week in Birmingham Stallion.
Here are the top 10 favorites with five matches remaining:
New Orleans Breakers QB MacLeod Bethel-Thompson: The former CFL star has been a consistent influence for New Orleans on offense, playing effective football from the pocket and keeping errors to a minimum. The Sacramento State product leads the USFL with 1,322 passing yards, completing 66.9% of his passes for seven touchdowns and three interceptions.
New Orleans Breakers RB Wiss Hills: Breakers head coach John DeFilippo balanced offense with Hills’ painful running style. At 6-2 and 220 pounds, Hills leads the USFL with 427 rushing yards and eight scores, averaging 4.6 yards per carry. Hills also has 20 receptions for 150 yards.
Houston Gamblers RB Mark Thompson: The senior linebacker has emerged as the driver of Houston’s feisty offense after missing the first two games of the season due to an injury. Thompson has 292 rushing yards and eight touchdowns in three games, all wins for the Gamblers. He averages 5.8 yards per carry.
Birmingham Stallion QB Alex McGough: The Florida International product is Birmingham’s full-time QB after starting J Mar Smith He sustained a season-ending finger injury that required surgery. McGough proved up to the task. He is third in the USFL in passing yards (972), with a league-leading 10 touchdown passes and only three interceptions. The fleet-footed McGough also has 214 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns.
Philadelphia stars QB Cocos case: The pleasant surprise of last year in the NFL had a lopsided performance over five games, as he was sacked a league-high 23 times with seven turnovers. However, Cookus ranks second in the USFL in passing yards (1,047). That’s the point in last year’s season when the Cookus and the Stars started things going, so there’s still time for the Northern Arizona producer to turn things around.
Pittsburgh Muellers QB Troy Williams: Head coach Ray Horton’s team received a spark when he decided to go with Williams as a full-time signal caller. Maulers trailed 2-1 with the Utah product being named the team’s starter in Week 3. Williams completed 62.6% of his passes for 590 yards, with three touchdowns and one interception. He also ran for 207 yards and two scores.
Houston Gamblers WR Justin Hall: One of the most exciting players in the league, Hall made 25 catches for 292 yards and a league-leading four touchdown receptions. Ball State’s product is also third in the USFL with an 86-yard kick return.
Michigan Panthers DE Breland speaks: Previous second round selection of Kansas City Chiefs In the 2018 draft he leads the league with 6.5 sacks through five games. Speaks has two games with at least two sacks and has been named USFL Defensive Player of the Year twice so far this season. Speaks also has 24 combined tackles on the year.
New Jersey Generals pound Chris Orr: Orr, a tone-setter for New Jersey on defense, leads the league with 51 combined tackles and also has 1.5 sacks on the year. The New Jersey defense allows just 17.4 points in the contest, second in the NFL.
honorific: New Orleans TE Sage Surratt, Pittsburgh Muellers WR Isiah Heene, New Jersey Generals RB Darius Victor, Philadelphia Stars WR Corey Coleman, Memphis Showbots QB Cole Kelly, New Orleans Breakers kicker Matt Coughlin, Birmingham Stallions TE Jess Sternberger . New Jersey Generals QB De’Andre Johnson. Houston Gamblers QB Kenji Bahar. Philadelphia Stars WR Devin Gray.
Eric D. Williams has reported on the NFL for over a decade, covering the Los Angeles Rams for Sports Illustrated, the Los Angeles Chargers for ESPN and the Seattle Seahawks for the Tacoma News Tribune. Follow him on Twitter at @employee.
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