After Week 8 of the UFL season, the playoff picture has come into focus with the Birmingham Stallions, Michigan Panthers, Saint Louis Battlehawks, and San Antonio Brahmas qualifying for the playoffs. At the same time, the quarterback situation for many teams in the UFL has become murky, with several starting quarterbacks added to the injured list. That has put several teams in a position where they must find quick answers to injuries at their quarterback position.

The Michigan Panthers are an excellent example of a team that has suffered numerous quarterback injuries but continues to find the next quarterback up to keep them rolling on offense. Other teams, like the Memphis Showboats, have struggled despite stability at their quarterback position. While quarterbacks are commonly viewed as the most important players on a football team, recent UFL results show that a strong team around a quarterback can minimize the effect of losing a starting quarterback.

With that in mind, let’s look at how the quarterbacks of the UFL performed in Week 8.

#1 Quinten Dormady, San Antonio Brahmas (6-2)

After struggling to effectively lead the Brahmas passing game against the DC Defenders and the Houston Roughnecks, Brahmas quarterback Quinten Dormady bounced back with a big performance to help his team clinch a playoff spot. Dormady completed 17 out of 25 passes for 320 yards, resulting in two touchdowns and no interceptions during the Brahmas’ 20-to-15 victory over the Arlington Renegades. Dormady’s quarterback efficiency rating this week was an impressive 201.9.

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

Each week of the UFL season, Adrian Martinez finds a way to put his Stallions team in a position to continue to be the only undefeated team in the UFL. This week, Martinez showed his dual-threat potential by running for 99 yards and two rushing touchdowns with only six rushing attempts, and he also completed 19 out of 31 passes for 173 yards, three touchdowns, and only one interception as the Stallions defeated the Houston Roughnecks 35 to 28. Martinez had a quarterback efficiency rating of 133.7, but his contributions in the running game elevated his ranking in Week 8.

#3 Brian Lewerke and Bryce Perkins, Michigan Panthers (6-2)

The Michigan Panthers continue to roll off wins after losing multiple quarterbacks the last several weeks. This week, Brian Lewerke and Bryce Perkins had impressive performances to help the Panthers defeat the Memphis Showboats 24 to 18. Lewerke completed 6 out of 11 passes for 82 yards and one touchdown, and Bryce Perkins completed 7 out of 9 passes for 106 yards and a touchdown. Perkins also added nine runs for 55 yards. The combined quarterback efficiency rating of Lewerke and Perkins was 180.3.

#4 Case Cookus and Josh Love, Memphis Showboats (1-7)

Another tandem that played efficiently for their offense is Case Cookus and Josh Love of the Memphis Showboats. Despite solid performances from Cookus and Love, the Showboats have struggled to find wins this season, and both quarterbacks have needed to manage poor pass protection while they attempt to lead the Showboats offense. This week, Cookus completed 10 out of 16 passes for 179 yards, which resulted in one touchdown and one interception. Josh Love completed 9 out of 12 passes for 56 yards and a touchdown in relief for Cookus. In a losing effort, Cookus and Love had a combined quarterback efficiency rating of 153.2.

#5 Luis Perez, Arlington Renegades (1-7)

For the Arlington Renegades, quarterback Luis Perez has consistently performed consistently every week of the UFL season. Perez’s consistency has only resulted in one win this season, but he has done his part to give the Renegades to compete every week. This week, Perez completed 22 out of 33 passes for 209 yards and two touchdowns in a losing effort of the Renegades in San Antonio. Perez’s quarterback efficiency rating this week was 139.9.

#6 Reid Sinnett and Nolan Henderson, Houston Roughnecks (1-7)

The Houston Roughnecks are another UFL team that has struggled to protect their passer, and the result is that the Roughnecks have repeatedly had to look for answers at the quarterback position. This week, Reid Sinnett completed six passes on 13 pass attempts for 99 yards, resulting in a touchdown and an interception. Nolan Henderson also had a chance to lead the Roughnecks offense, and he completed nine passes on 14 attempts for 97 yards and added nine runs for 34 yards. Sinnett and Henderson had a combined quarterback efficiency rating of 121.3.

#7 Manny Wilkins, Saint Louis Battlehawks (6-2)

This week, quarterback Manny Wilkins had the opportunity to lead the Battlehawks offense because starting quarterback AJ McCarron was out with an ankle injury. Wilkins relied on his dual-threat abilities to lead the Battlehawks to a 26 to 21 victory over the DC Defenders to clinch a playoff spot. Against the Defenders, Wilkins ran the ball 12 times for 79 yards, and he added nine pass completions on 18 attempts for 126 yards. During his UFL debut, Wilkins had a quarterback efficiency rating of 108.8.

#8 Jordan Ta’amu, DC Defenders (3-5)

The 2024 UFL season has challenged the DC Defenders and quarterback Jordan Ta’amu. While the Defenders have been competitive each week, they have struggled to protect Ta’amu consistently. This week, Ta’amu completed 23 out of 40 passes for 196 yards, resulting in two touchdowns, and he also ran the ball five times for 30 yards. Unfortunately, Ta’amu also threw two interceptions in a losing effort in Saint Louis. Ta’amu’s quarterback efficiency rating this week was 105.2.

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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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