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Locals In The UFL: 2024 Week Nine Recap

May 26, 2024, 3:58 PM

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E.J. Perry #4 of the Michigan Panthers celebrates with his teammates in the locker room after the game against the Houston Roughnecks 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 ninth week of the 2024 United Football League season.

Local Players in the UFL: Week 9 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 ninth week of the UFL season:

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Former Utah Utes

Francis Bernard – Linebacker – D.C. Defenders (4-5)

The former Utah linebacker has been suspended and did not play in D.C.’s 36-21 win over the Memphis Showboats on Sunday, May 26.

Next Game: Regular season finale vs. Arlington Renegades on Sunday, June 2 at 10 a.m. (MT) on ABC/ESPN+

T.J. Pledger – Running Back – Houston Roughnecks (1-8)

The former Utah running back had one carry for five yards in Houston’s 26-22 loss to the Michigan Panthers on Sunday, May 26.

Next Game: Regular season finale @ Memphis Showboats on Sunday, June 2 at 5 p.m. (MT) on FOX

Darrin Paulo – Offensive Tackle – Memphis Showboats (1-8)

The former Utah offensive lineman and the Showboats suffered a 26-21 loss to the D.C. Defenders on Sunday, May 26.

Next Game: Regular season finale vs. Houston Roughnecks on Sunday, June 2 at 5 p.m. (MT) on FOX

Salesi Uhatafe – Offensive Tackle – Memphis Showboats (1-8)

The former Utah offensive lineman and the Showboats suffered a 26-21 loss to the D.C. Defenders on Sunday, May 26.

Next Game: Regular season finale vs. Houston Roughnecks on Sunday, June 2 at 5 p.m. (MT) on FOX

Troy Williams — Quarterback – Memphis Showboats (1-8)

The former Utah quarterback was 4/7 passing for 15 yards in Memphis’ 26-21 loss to the D.C. Defenders on Sunday, May 26.

Next Game: Regular season finale vs. Houston Roughnecks on Sunday, June 2 at 5 p.m. (MT) on FOX

Corrion Ballard – Safety – Michigan Panthers (7-2)

The former Utah defensive back was inactive for Michigan’s 26-22 win over the Houston Roughnecks on Sunday, May 26.

Next Game: Regular season finale @ Birmingham Stallions on Saturday, June 1 at 12 p.m. (MT) on ESPN/ESPN+

Mika Tafua — Defensive End — Michigan Panthers (7-2)

The former Utah defensive lineman had three total tackles, one solo tackle, and 0.5 sacks in Michigan’s 26-22 win over the Houston Roughnecks on Sunday, May 26.

Next Game: Regular season finale @ Birmingham Stallions on Saturday, June 1 at 12 p.m. (MT) on ESPN/ESPN+

Pita Taumoepenu – Linebacker – St. Louis Battlehawks (6-3)

The former Utah linebacker had one tackle in St. Louis’ 36-22 loss to the Arlington Renegades on Saturday, May 25.

Next Game: Regular season finale vs. San Antonio Brahmas on Saturday, June 1 at 2 p.m. (MT) on FOX

Former BYU Cougars

Tomasi Laulile — Defensive Tackle – Arlington Renegades (2-7)

The former BYU defensive lineman had two tackles and one solo tackle in Arlington’s 36-22 win over the St. Louis Battlehawks on Saturday, May 25.

Next Game: Regular season finale @ D.C. Defenders on Sunday, June 2 at 10 a.m. (MT) on ABC/ESPN+

Kai Nacua – Safety – Michigan Panthers (7-2)

The former BYU defensive back had three total tackles, two solo tackles, and one pass breakup in Michigan’s 26-22 win over the Houston Roughnecks on Sunday, May 26.

Next Game: Regular season finale @ Birmingham Stallions on Saturday, June 1 at 12 p.m. (MT) on ESPN/ESPN+

Samson Nacua – Wide Receiver – Michigan Panthers (7-2)

The former BYU wide receiver had one reception for 13 yards in Michigan’s 26-22 win over the Houston Roughnecks on Sunday, May 26. Nacua also recorded two tackles.

Next Game: Regular season finale @ Birmingham Stallions on Saturday, June 1 at 12 p.m. (MT) on ESPN/ESPN+

Former Utah State Aggies

Siaosi Mariner – Wide Receiver – Michigan Panthers (7-2)

The former USU wide receiver had eight receptions for 95 yards in Michigan’s 26-22 win over the Houston Roughnecks on Sunday, May 26.

Next Game: Regular season finale @ Birmingham Stallions on Saturday, June 1 at 12 p.m. (MT) on ESPN/ESPN+

Former Weber State Wildcats

Adam Rodriguez – Defensive End – Houston Roughnecks (1-8)

The former Weber State defensive lineman had one tackle in Houston’s 26-22 loss to the Michigan Panthers on Sunday, May 26.

Next Game: Regular season finale @ Memphis Showboats on Sunday, June 2 at 5 p.m. (MT) on FOX

Former Southern Utah Thunderbirds

Brock Miller – Punter – Michigan Panthers (7-2)

The former Southern Utah punter punted twice with an average of 46.5 yards per kick in Michigan’s 26-22 win over the Houston Roughnecks on Sunday, May 26.

Next Game: Regular season finale @ Birmingham Stallions on Saturday, June 1 at 12 p.m. (MT) on ESPN/ESPN+

Former High School Standouts

Gabriel Sewell Jr. – Linebacker – Houston Roughnecks (1-8)

The former Desert Hills standout and the Roughnecks suffered a 26-22 loss to the Michigan Panthers on Sunday, May 26.

Next Game: Regular season finale @ Memphis Showboats on Sunday, June 2 at 5 p.m. (MT) on FOX

RELATED: United Football League Reveals Inaugural Regular Season Schedule

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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