The four games of Week 2 in the UFL provided significant insight into each team’s philosophical approach to finding success on offense. Up to this point, the most important factor in whether or not a UFL team will win or lose a game lies in their ability to run the ball against an opponent. Across the board, the ability of a team to run the ball and stop the run effectively has been a determining factor in which team wins each game of the UFL after eight games.

The value of quarterbacks in the UFL is directly related to their ability to help facilitate the team’s offense both in the running game and their management of the passing game in addition to that running game. As we rank quarterbacks, it is essential to recognize that each quarterback must play within the framework of their offense and take what the defense is willing to give them. With this in mind, several quarterbacks could elevate themselves above the rest while others struggled to lead their teams efficiently.

Let’s take a look at how each starting quarterback in the UFL performed regarding their quarterback efficiency rating (QBR) and overall level of production in an effort to lead their team to success.

#1 AJ McCarron, Saint Louis Battlehawks (1-1)

McCarron and the Battlehawks earned their first win in their home opener against the Arlington Renegades with a game-winning drive to pull ahead 27 to 24. While leading his team, McCarron completed 19 passes on 29 attempts for 248 yards, resulting in two touchdowns and no interceptions. He also added two rushing yards on two attempts. McCarron led all UFL quarterbacks in Week 2 with a QBR of 160.1.

#2 Chase Garbers, San Antonio Brahmas (2-0)

During the first three quarters in Week 2, the San Antonio Brahmas and quarterback Chase Garbers struggled to hit their stride. Ultimately, Garbers showed elite poise and determination while leading his team back from a significant deficit in the second half on the road against the Memphis Showboats to pick up their second win by taking their first lead with three seconds left to win 20-19. By the end of the game, Garbers had completed 29 passes with 40 attempts for 287 yards, resulting in three touchdowns and one interception. Garbers’s performance helped the Brahmas open the season 2-0 and achieved a QBR of 152.5.

#3 Luis Perez, Arlington Renegades (0-2)

Over the last several seasons of spring football in various leagues, Luis Perez has established himself as a consistent performer who can lead his team to championships. This week, Perez once again demonstrated that potential by completing 21 out of 29 passes for 233 yards, resulting in one touchdown and no interceptions. He also added 19 rushing yards with seven rushing attempts. During the Renegades’ 24-27 loss to the Battlehawks, Perez showed consistency with a QBR of 151.3.

#4 Jordan Ta’amu, DC Defenders (1-1)

In Week 2, Jordan Ta’amu found a way to lead the DC Defenders to their victory in their home opener with a score of 23-18 over the Houston Roughnecks. In that winning effort, Ta’amu completed 16 out of 32 passes for 212 yards, resulting in two touchdowns while only throwing one interception, and he also ran the ball five times for 17 yards on the ground. Ta’amu’s QBR of 120 was enough to lead the Defenders to their first UFL in 2024.

#5 Case Cookus, Memphis Showboats (1-1)

Week 2 ended disappointingly for the Showboats and quarterback Case Cookus. After leading the Brahmas for nearly the entire game, the Showboats came up short of picking up their second win of the 2024 UFL season. In the loss, Cookus completed 14 out of 31 passes for 194 yards and one touchdown while throwing no interceptions. Cookus also picked up several first downs while running the ball, picking up 58 rushing yards on nine rushing attempts. While Cookus and Showboats came up short of winning against San Antonio, Cookus did play consistently and achieved a QBR of 118.1.

#6 EJ Perry, Michigan Panthers (1-1)

The Michigan Panthers and quarterback EJ Perry have had a challenging start to the UFL season while picking up a last-second win against the Battlehawks in Week 1 and facing the two-time USFL champions, the Birmingham Stallions, in Week 2. While Perry and the Panthers could not upset the Stallions in a 20-13 loss, they did compete well and allowed themselves an opportunity to win the game in the fourth quarter. Perry completed 20 out of 33 passes for 203 yards, resulting in one touchdown and one interception, while being pressured by the Stallion’s defense for the entire game. Perry played well enough to earn a QBR of 116.2 in a losing effort.

#7 Reid Sinnett, Houston Roughnecks (0-2)

Reid Sinnett did not start the game for the Houston Roughnecks in Week 2. Still, due to an injury to Roughnecks quarterback Jarrett Guarantano early in the 18-23 loss of the Defenders, Sinnett found himself getting the opportunity to lead the Roughnecks offense. Considering the situation, Sinnett did a solid job while completing 19 passes on 30 attempts for 221 yards, which resulted in one touchdown and no interceptions. Sinnett played well enough to earn a QBR of 136.2, but the prospect of him continuing to lead the Roughnecks offense in Week 3 depends on the severity of Guarantano’s injury.

#8 Adrian Martinez and Matt Corral, Birmingham Stallions (2-0)

The Birmingham Stallions quarterback situation is interesting, considering that the Stallions are hands-down the best team in the UFL after two weeks but are having their quarterbacks splitting time for both Adrian Martinez and Matt Corral to showcase their ability to lead the Stallion’s offense. Head coach Skip Holtz has publicly stated that both quarterbacks are his starting quarterbacks, so we can expect to see a rotation between Martinez and Corral in the future.

This week, both quarterbacks seemed to struggle to get into a rhythm but did enough to help their team get a 20-13 win in Michigan. In that winning effort, Martinez completed 8 out of 15 passes for 88 yards and no touchdowns or interceptions, and he added 65 rushing yards on eight carries. Corral completed 5 out of 12 passes for 53 yards, no touchdowns, and one interception, and he added 28 rushing yards with four attempts. Martinez achieved a QBR of 102.6, and Corral’s QBR was 62.1, giving the pair a collective QBR of 82.4.

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Aaron Sauter
Aaron Sauter is a 23-veteran high school football coach that is also an fan of all levels of football. He is especially interested in alternative football leagues like the CFL, UFL, and IFL. Aaron enjoys analyzing innovative schemes on offense and defense during his free time.

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