As UFL training camp gets closer and closer fans have continued to wonder where do their favorite Quarterbacks stack up with other teams in the league. With A.J. McCarron, Jordan Ta’amu, and Brandon Silvers all signing/announcing their intent to rejoin spring football it was only inevitable to not bring back a list of the Top 10 Quarterbacks going into the 2024 UFL season. To refresh our memory check out a merged video I did of the 2023 Final QB rankings with USFL and XFL quarterbacks this past season.

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Honorable Mention:

Memphis Showboats: Cole Kelley 1,533 Passing Yards 7 TDs 8 Ints 48 Rushing Attempts 120 Rushing Yards 2 Rushing TDs

After waiting Two weeks to get the starting job Kelley put together a nice streak of wins before cooling off during the back half of the season. What makes Kelley so special is his large frame of 6-7 and durability. With Case Cookus penciled in as QB1 for the Showboats, it’s not out of the realm of possibility for Kelley to be used as a short yardage QB much like in a CFL capacity.

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10. D.C. Defenders Jalan McClendon 873 Passing Yards 5 TDs 2 INTs 32 Rushing Attempts 141 Rushing Yards 0 TDs

As far as Quarterbacks, Jalen McClendon was a player who was deeply effected by the downsizing of 16 to 8 teams. McClendon who only started Three games between N.C. State and Baylor finally earned an opportunity in the 2023 XFL after sitting behind Luis Perez and Brett Hundley. While McClendon didn’t blow the doors off the XFL he manage to improve in almost every week, and was in line to “pop” in 2024 if given a starting opportunity. While McClendon is rostered for 2024 it doesn’t appear he’ll have much of an opportunity with Jordan Ta’amu penciled in as QB1 for D.C.

9. St. Louis Battlehawks Brandon Silvers 3574 Passing Yards 32 TDs 16 INTs 23 Rushing Attempts 41 Rushing Yards 0 TDs

Silvers at this point is an Alt-Football staple, and it almost doesn’t feel right to have Spring Football without Silvers. For much of the off-season Silvers was left unclaimed until the Battlehawks waived Nick Tiano and added Silvers to the roster. While his days as a 10-game starter could be behind him Silvers offers an extremely high upside with plenty of experience as a pro, while also having a great relationship with the Battlehawks current QB1.

8. Michigan Panthers E.J. Perry 121 Passing Yards 0 TDs 0 Ints 10 Rushing Attempts 48 Rushing Yards 1 TD

Perry could be another candidate to “pop” in 2024 with some extra experience from his time with the Texans and Jaguars in 2023. Perry was a late season signing with the Michigan Panthers putting together Two gritty performances (1 regular season, 1 post-season) earning several NFL opportunities after the USFL season. Perry now with a full offseason and improved receiving corps could be a high-tier QB in 2024 however with these QB rankings, he needs a bit more of a sample size to enhance his ranking.

7. Houston Roughnecks Reid Sinnett 97 Passing Yards 1 TD 1 INT 1 Rushing Attempt 10 Rushing Yards 0 TDs

Last season, I had Sinnett ranked higher than 2023 Brahmas QB Jack Coan who Sinnett backed up. When given an opportunity Sinnett managed to affectively maneuver the Brahmas Offense making San Antonio look crisp and efficient before injury. Despite injury Sinnett earned an NFL contract with the Bengals before rejoining the UFL, and ultimately getting traded to the Houston Roughnecks for 2024. With plenty of experience and a bit of motivation Sinnett should be able to take the run-heavy Roughnecks and open them up a bit more this season.

6. San Antonio Brahmas Quinten Dormady 1,507 Passing Yards 10 TDs 5 INTs 25 Rushing Attempts 97 Rushing Yards 4 TDs

Despite all the accusations Dormady was accused of, the well traveled QB still managed to be the Orlando Guardians most efficient signal caller throughout the 2023 season. Dormady now joins the Brahmas in 2024 with A.J. Smith as his Offensive Coordinator an expert in the Air Raid Offense. With Smith, Dormady now has the stability and potential to maximize his talent for the up coming season.

5. Arlington Renegades Luis Perez 5,364 Passing Yards 33 TDs 19 Ints 57 Rushing Attempts 178 Rushing Yards 1 TD

Dubbed the “spring king” by many Perez has led Spring Football in career yardage and touchdowns since the formation of the AAF in 2019. While it’s not always pretty Perez always manages to provide consistent and stable QB play for whichever team he plays for. Going into 2024 Perez will have to deal with Drew Plitt, Lindsay Scott, and Holton Ahlers as the Renegades look to defend their title in 2024.

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4. Birmingham Stallions J’Mar Smith 1,733 Passing Yards 11 TDs 7 Ints 40 Rushing Attempts 192 Rushing Yards 2 TDs

A two time USFL champion Smith has dealt with injuries forcing him to miss 11 regular season games over the past Two years. While Smith may have proven himself in 2022, his 2023 season could be viewed as a “wash” due to injury. With plenty of talent in the Stallions QB room Smith should be pushed to play his best football which could ultimately lead to extending his career.

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3. D.C. Defenders Jordan Ta’amu 4,944 Passing Yards 33 TDs 17 Ints 167 Rushing Attempts 883 Rushing Yards 5 TDs

With 25 starts in his spring football career, Jordan Ta’amu has carved out a nice pro football career for himself in-between NFL stints. Going into 2024 Ta’amu does lack two key pieces at wide receiver with Chris Blair and Lucky Jackson signing futures deals with NFL teams, however with another year under Fred Kaiss as his Offensive Coordinator. Regardless, Ta’amu has been a top-tier Quarterback in every season he’s played.

2. Memphis Showboats Case Cookus 3,629 Passing Yards 27 TDs 14 Ints 74 Rushing Attempts 494 Rushing Yards 1 TD

Cookus has been a top-tier QB in the USFL since a Bryan Scott leg injury forced him into the starting line up in week 3 of 2022. Despite dealing with a ton of injuries to his Offensive Line and receiving corps Cookus continued to “will” his team to playoff contention in 2023, along with a USFL Championship appearance in 2022. With an improved Offensive and a loaded arsenal of weapons Cookus could be competing for plenty of accolades in 2024.

1. St. Louis Battlehawks A.J. McCarron 2,150 Passing Yards 24 TDs 6 Ints 29 Rushing Attempts 100 Rushing Yards 1 TD

The face of the league returns and McCarron keeps his 2023 ranking at #1 going into the 2024 UFL season. With Ben DiNucci staying in the NFL McCarron only competition for supremacy is now himself. For McCarron 2024 is less about breaking individual records and more about leading the Battlehawks to a championship.

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For more in depth analysis on the 2024 Preseason Quarterback rankings check out the video below:

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Patrick Rifino

2 Comments

  • Posted February 19, 2024 12:47 pm 0Likes
    by Ken Granito

    Nice list! You weighed experience over potential, but still awarded potential in Perry & McClendon. Any of the players on this list can be dangerous offensively. Troy Williams could have been mentioned, but really this is a great list. Way not to forget what Cookus brings to the table. I feel he is somehow an afterthought. I, personally, feel the Showboats are the most intriguing team. If it turns out they are tough enough to play with the big-boys, than they become the most complete team in the league. It will be much harder to roll to 9-1 this year for any team as teams like the Showboats, Gamblers ;), Brahmas, Panthers will not be easy outs this year. They better have the league tie-Breakers figured out before the beginning of the year.,

    • Posted February 24, 2024 11:52 pm 0Likes
      by Patrick Rifino

      Thank you Ken! Looking forward to doing more of these throughout the year!

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