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2019 Salt Lake Stallions Football Primer

Update: You can find all our of AAF coverage (including rosters, statistics, etc.) at our AAF homepage.

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Alliance of American Football (AAF)

Welcome to the inaugural 2019 season of the eight team Alliance of American Football League (AAF)! I’m going to do my best to prepare you for what the Stallions are going to bring to you each and every game day of the season!

Coaching Staff

Head Coach: Dennis Erickson

Erickson should be a familiar name for this fan base. He spent a few years (2007-2011) with the Arizona State Sun Devils before spending some time with the Utah Utes (2013-2016).

Offensive Coordinator: Tim Lappano

This might not be a household name especially not from his college coaching days, despite his 37 years of coaching. However, he did spend a few years with NFL teams and worked with players like Brandon Pettigrew and Calvin Johnson.

Defensive Coordinator: Donnie Henderson

Coach Henderson has spent substantial time in the NFL and was on the Super Bow IIIV winning staff (as defensive backs coach) as the Baltimore Ravens defeated the New York Giants.

Player Pool

The AAF does things a little differently with how they allocate players. Each team has assigned rights to players based on geographic locations for the NFL, NCAA College Football programs, and are also assigned a Canadian Football League team. The Stallions are assigned the rights to players from the following collegiate programs:

  • Air Force
  • Arkansas
  • Boise State
  • BYU
  • California
  • Colorado State
  • Dixie State
  • Idaho
  • Idaho State
  • Northern Colorado
  • Oklahoma State
  • Oregon
  • Southern Utah
  • Utah
  • Utah State
  • Weber State
  • Wyoming

In addition, they are assigned the rights to players who were signed or played for the following NFL teams:

  • Denver Broncos
  • Green Bay Packers
  • Minnesota Vikings
  • Seattle Seahawks

They are also assigned rights to a Canadian Football League (CFL) team, the Calgary Stampeders.

Players

With 52 players on each team, this section will be expanded upon as the season goes on, as the one month training camp did not allow for accurate assessment of all players of their roles. For initial publication, I will focus on the top options for each group. The inaugural roster for the Stallions features 10 players from Utah, 5 players from BYU, and 4 from Nebraska to round out the major contributors.

Offense

QB:

Josh Woodrum (#6, Liberty) – The quarterback was selected with the 8th overall pick by the Salt Lake Stallions. Woodrum never really found an NFL home although he played for 6 different NFL teams (Giants, Colts, Bears, Bills, Ravens [twice], and the Browns) after going undrafted in 2016. The 26 year old looks to be the de-facto starter for the Stallions entering the season. Although he’s only recorded 156 snaps (all in preseason), Pro Football Focus had him finishing with the 8th-best pass grade in the 2017 preseason, 17th-best in 2018, and ranked 4th-best in the 2019 AAF Preseason.

Other options on the roster: Austin Allen (#8, Arkansas) Matt Linehan (#10, Idaho)

RB:

Running back is definitely a position of strength for the Stallions, with a complete stable of backs with experience in the NFL.

Terrell Newby (#34, Nebraska) was a part of the 2017 Minnesota Vikings preseason squad after 4 impressive seasons with the Cornhuskers. In college, he accrued 458 snaps and averaged 4.9 yards per carry en route to 20 touchdowns and although used less in the passing game still averaged nearly 7 yards per catch on 53 completions.

Joel Bouagnon (#36, Northern Ill.) spent time with both the Detroit Lions and the New York Jets organizations as a member of the practice squad. He was signed to the practice squads after going undrafted after time with Northern Illinois and graduating with just shy of 3,000 yards on 600 carries and responsibility for 34 touchdowns.

Matt Asiata (#44 , Utah) joins up with another former-Viking in the running back corps, but unlike Newby, Asiata played 5 seasons with the Vikings. After graduating from Utah where he collected just shy of 1800 yards with a 4.7 yards per attempt average, he totaled nearly 1300 for the Vikings finishing with a 3.5 yard per attempt average. Ultimately, he would account for 26 touchdowns in college and an additional 18 for the Vikings.

Branden Oliver (#33 , Buffalo) spent time in the San Diego Chargers organization After going undrafted in 2014. Between 2014-2017, Oliver had 226 rushing attempts for 773 yards (3.4 yards per carry) to compliment his 55 receptions for 409 yards (7.4 yards per reception). He accounted for four total touchdowns for the Chargers during his time with them.

WR:

De’Mornay Pierson-El (#15, Nebraska) went undrafted in 2018 after a good career with Nebraska. He was a member of the Washington Redskins practice squad and also some time with the Montreal Alouettes, exclusively as a kickoff and punt return specialist. At Nebraska he registered 1300 yards receiving on 100 receptions for an average reception of over 13 yards. He also accounted for 11 touchdowns, all through the air.

Kenny Bell (#80, Nebraska) was the 162nd overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Although he was only a practice squad member, he played for three different teams (Buccaneers, Ravens, and Broncos) in his 3 years in the NFL. In college he was responsible for nearly 2700 receiving yards on 181 receptions with an average of just under 15 yards per catch. Through his Nebraska career he was responsible for 22 touchdowns (21 of which came through the air).

Dres Anderson (#16, Utah) went undrafted in 2015 and spent time with 6 different NFL teams (49ers, Bears, Texans, Redskins, Colts, and Cowboys) since then although he failed to register any catches. At Utah, he registered just shy of 2100 yards receiving on a 134 receptions with an average of 15.5 yards per catch. He also averaged about 6 yards per rush (through 25 attempts), mostly on trick plays. He ended his career at Utah with 18 total touchdowns (17 receiving, 1 rushing).

Other options on the roster: Sam Mobley (#81, Catawba), Adonis Jennings (#17, Temple), Jordan Leslie (#19, BYU), Kaelin Clay (#11, Utah)

Defense

The Stallions bring a myriad of defensive talent, with Coach Erickson insinuating that it is definitely going to be a strength for them. There will be Utes peppered along the defensive front (with tackles Tenny Palepoi and Sealver Siliga) as well as the secondary (with linebackers Gionni Paul and Trevor Reilly).

Last Updated: February 9, 2019

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