The UFL has become a place for players who’ve struggled, been passed on and been cut. Daunte Culpepper, Maurice Clarrett, Lorenzo Booker, and many others have spent time in this upstart league as they hope to (and Booker did so successfully) get back in an NFL game.
It looked earlier in the UFL off-season that Colt Brennan was going to have a chance to finally play in a real game again for the first time in almost four years before the team he was signed to, the Hartford Colonials, ceased operations.
Now another famous college quarterback, Troy Smith, has joined the UFL. He’ll play for the Omaha Nighthawks with old Buckeyes Roy Hall and Maurice Clarrett as he pushes former Heisman-winner Eric Crouch and Heisman hopeful Jeremiah Masoli for the starting QB job.
Smith – drafted to the Ravens in 2007 – was 3-3 last year with the 49ers despite no run game, some of the most predictable play-calling in the NFL (Jimmy Raye) and a lack of time working with the first team (he also didn’t get to finish one of his starts). Earlier that year, the Ravens players voted him the best athlete on the team.
The Omaha Nighthawks open their season at home against the Virginia Destroyers on September 15th and have consistently massive crowds. This will only persist if Troy Smith, an electric playmaker and likable leader, is the starter. Troy recently was the runner-up in a tryout for the Dolphins alongside Kevin O’Connell on August 6th.
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