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Locals In The UFL: 2024 Week Eight Recap

May 19, 2024, 5:25 PM | Updated: May 25, 2024, 4:28 pm

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DETROIT, MICHIGAN - APRIL 14: T.J. Pledger IV #5 of the Houston Roughnecks runs the ball against the Michigan Panthers during the first quarter in the game at Ford Field on April 14, 2024 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images for UFL)

(Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images for UFL)

SALT LAKE CITY – Multiple players with ties to the state of Utah participated in the eighth week of the 2024 United Football League season.

Local Players in the UFL: Week 8 Recap

The UFL is a new spring professional football league created from a merger of the XFL and USFL in 2023.

Here is how the local players performed during the eighth week of the UFL season:

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Former Utah Utes

T.J. Pledger – Running Back – Houston Roughnecks (1-7)

The former Utah running back had 11 carries for 39 yards in Houston’s 35-28 loss to the Birmingham Stallions on Saturday, May 18.

Next Game: vs. Michigan Panthers on Sunday, May 26 at 12:30 p.m. (MT) on FOX

Darrin Paulo – Offensive Tackle – Memphis Showboats (1-7)

The former Utah offensive lineman and the Showboats fell to the Michigan Panthers in a 24-18 loss on Saturday, May 18.

Next Game: vs. D.C. Defenders on Sunday, May 26 at 12:30 p.m. (MT) on FOX

Salesi Uhatafe – Offensive Tackle – Memphis Showboats (1-7)

The former Utah offensive lineman and the Showboats fell to the Michigan Panthers in a 24-18 loss on Saturday, May 18.

Next Game: vs. D.C. Defenders on Sunday, May 26 at 12:30 p.m. (MT) on FOX

Troy Williams — Quarterback – Memphis Showboats (1-7)

The former Utah quarterback didn’t see any action as the Showboats fell to the Michigan Panthers in a 24-18 loss on Saturday, May 18.

Next Game: vs. D.C. Defenders on Sunday, May 26 at 12:30 p.m. (MT) on FOX

Corrion Ballard – Safety – Michigan Panthers (6-2)

The former Utah safety didn’t see any action as the Panthers defeated the Memphis Showboats, 24-18, on Saturday, May 18.

Next Game: @ Houston Roughnecks on Sunday, May 26 at 12:30 p.m. (MT) on FOX

Pita Taumoepenu – Linebacker – St. Louis Battlehawks (6-2)

The former Utah linebacker didnt record any stats in St. Louis’ 26-21 win over the D.C. Defenders on Sunday, May 19.

Next Game: @ Arlington Renegades on Saturday, May 25 at 10 a.m. (MT) on ABC/ESPN+

Former BYU Cougars

Tomasi Laulile — Defensive Tackle – Arlington Renegades (1-7)

The former BYU defensive tackle recorded one tackle on Arlington’s 20-15 loss to the San Antonio Brahmas on Sunday, May 19.

Next Game: vs. St. Louis Battlehawks on Saturday, May 25 at 10 a.m. (MT) on ABC/ESPN+

Kai Nacua – Safety – Michigan Panthers (6-2)

The former BYU safety didn’t see any action as the Panthers defeated the Memphis Showboats, 24-18, on Saturday, May 18.

Next Game: @ Houston Roughnecks on Sunday, May 26 at 12:30 p.m. (MT) on FOX

Samson Nacua – Wide Receiver – Michigan Panthers (6-2)

The former BYU wide receiver checked in on both offense and defense for Michigan in a 24-18 win over Memphis on Saturday, May 18. He recorded one tackle on defense and two receptions for 39 yards on offense.

Next Game: @ Houston Roughnecks on Sunday, May 26 at 12:30 p.m. (MT) on FOX

Former Utah State Aggies

Siaosi Mariner – Wide Receiver – Michigan Panthers (6-2)

The former USU wide receiver didn’t see any action as the Panthers defeated the Memphis Showboats, 24-18, on Saturday, May 18.

Next Game: @ Houston Roughnecks on Sunday, May 26 at 12:30 p.m. (MT) on FOX

Former Weber State Wildcats

Adam Rodriguez – Defensive End – Houston Roughnecks (1-7)

The former Weber State defensive lineman had one tackle for loss in Houston’s 35-28 loss to the Birmingham Stallions on Saturday, May 18.

Next Game: vs. Michigan Panthers on Sunday, May 26 at 12:30 p.m. (MT) on FOX

Former Southern Utah Thunderbirds

Brock Miller – Punter – Michigan Panthers (6-2)

The former Southern Utah punter punted three times with an average of 46.7 yards per kick in Michigan’s 24-18 win over the Memphis Showboats on Saturday, May 18.

Next Game: @ Houston Roughnecks on Sunday, May 26 at 12:30 p.m. (MT) on FOX

2024 UFL Teams & Stadiums

USFL Conference

  • Birmingham Stallions – Protective Stadium
  • Houston Roughnecks – Rice Stadium
  • Memphis Showboats – Simmons Bank Liberty Stadium
  • Michigan Panthers – Ford Field

XFL Conference

  • Arlington Renegades – Choctaw Stadium
  • D.C Defenders – Audi Field
  • San Antonio Brahmas – The Alamodome
  • St. Louis Battlehawks – The Dome at America’s Center

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Chandler Holt is a co-host for the Jazz Notes podcast and a Digital Sports Producer for KSLSports.com, specializing in all things basketball and football. Follow Chandler on Twitter @ChandlerHoltKSL or on Threads @chandlerho1t.

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