As the Memphis Showboats prepare to take on QB A.J. McCarron and the St. Louis Battlehawks this weekend at The Dome at America’s Center, the team announced several key roster moves. Both running back Trey Williams and offensive tackle Terry Poole have been waived and in their place, the Showboats signed RB Cyrus Habibi-Likio and OT Marcus Tatum.

Last week, the Showboats’ run game was non-existent against the Birmingham Stallions and the team posted negative yards on the ground. This dismal performance may be partly due to a foot injury that has hampered RB Darius Victor. QB Case Cookus has been the team’s rushing leader throughout the season. While his mobility is normally an asset, last week Cookus was swarmed by the Stallions’ defense, leaving no doubt that the team needed a serious overhaul of the ground game.

Habibi-Likio may provide the solution. During his college career at Boise State, Habibi-Likio was credited with the second-most yards rushing, with 374 yards on 107 carries and two TDs despite appearing in only 11 games. In addition, Habibi-Likio added another 213 yards on 23 receptions and could provide another target for Cookus. Habibi-Likio also brings USFL experience after playing last year for Coach John DeFilippo and the New Orleans Breakers.

Another familiar face from the New Orleans Breakers is 6’6″ 300 lb. OT Marcus Tatum. Tatum played for the Jacksonville Jaguars and brings NFL playing experience. A graduate of the University of Central Florida, Tatum should provide a formidable presence to the offensive line and some much-needed protection for Cookus.

Saturday’s game begins at 12:30 pm EST and will be televised on ABC.

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Sue Levine
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  • Posted April 17, 2024 5:12 pm 0Likes
    by Todd

    Show boats’ biggest run game problem is their playcaller. DeFillipo is still calling plays in the same manner he was when he got fired midseason by the Vikings.

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