The Michigan Panthers on Wednesday have signed linebacker Bumper Pool and defensive end Mika Tafua per the UFL Communications Department. They have also placed defensive end Levi Bell on injured reserve.

Levi Bell signed with the Panthers just last week but is unfortunately on injured reserve after his first game with the Panthers this season. He appeared in 6 regular season games with the Panthers last season as well as the playoff game. He was the highest-graded defensive lineman by Pro Football Focus from both the XFL and USFL.

LB Bumper Pool – Arkansas (6’2, 235 lbs, 25 y/o)

Bumper Pool played his collegiate ball with Arkansas from 2018 to 2022 where he appeared in 55 games with 37 starts. He recorded 174 solo tackles, 267 assisted tackles, 27.5 tackles for a loss, 19 passes defended, and 3 sacks over his career. He finished his career as Arkansas’ all-time leader in tackles.

Pool was named Second Team All-SEC by the coaches in 2020, 2021 and 2022.

Pool signed with the Carlina Panthers as an undrafted free agent in 2023. He was released by Carolina just ahead of final roster cuts. He played in 3 NFL preseason games with the Panthers last year and recorded 6 solo tackles, 4 assisted tackles, and a pass defended.

DE Mika Tafua – Utah (6’3, 250 lbs, 27 y/o)

Mika Tafua was with the Panthers this season until he was waived by the team last week. Now the Panthers are bringing him back onto the roster following the injury to Levi Bell. Tafua had appeared in 7 games with the Panthers this season and had recorded 3 solo tackles and an assisted tackle.

Per Pro Football Focus he had also generated 3 QB hits and 7 additional QB hurries over that span. PFF had him as their 12th highest-graded defensive end at the time of his release last week.

Tafua played his college career with Utah where he recorded 73 solo tackles, 59 assisted tackles, 32 tackles for a loss, 17.5 sacks, 9 passes defended, and 3 forced fumbles. He appeared in 44 games with 38 starts with the program.

Tafua signed as an undrafted free agent with the Dallas Cowboys in 2022 and spent much of the year on their practice squad. He finished the 2022 season on the Pittsburgh Steelers practice squad.

@JonathanClink on Twitter

Help Us Improve!

We value your feedback and want to make the UFL News Hub better for you. Please take a moment to complete our survey and share your thoughts with us.

Thank you for your support!

author avatar
Jonathan Clink
Jonathan Clink will work as UFL News Hub's primary correspondent covering the Michigan Panthers for the 2024. He has written over 250 articles covering the Canadian Football League prior to joining UFL News Hub. Clink is originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba and currently lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He has a background in several other sports as well having played soccer, basketball, and hockey competitively.

Leave a comment

Sign Up Now

Become a member of our online community and get tickets to upcoming matches or sports events faster!
UFL News Hub