The Birmingham Stallions have been taking blow after blow early in the USFL season. Starting Quarterback J’Mar Smith is now ruled out for the rest of the year with a finger injury suffered in week one.
We have transferred QB J’Mar Smith to the Injured Reserve List.
J’Mar Smith helped lead the Birmingham Stallions to a Championship victory last season. Skip Holtz is obviously very high on J’Mar, as the two spent time together at Louisiana Tech years ago.
The chemistry was evident in 2022, as J’Mar was one of the top signal callers in the entire league. His leadership, style of play, and joyful attitude provided a spark to Birmingham throughout the season.
Now, the team will have to figure out how to move forward without him on the roster.
Alex McGough: Tried & True
Luckily for Skip Holtz, he has a very capable QB in the likes of Alex McGough. Interestingly enough, Alex was the starter in 2022, before he got injured and J’Mar eventually took over.
Now, McGough will be the official starter, likely for the rest of the season. He came into the game for Smith against New Jersey, and was brilliant. His first pass was a dart to the end zone to Jace Sternberger, to put Birmingham in front.
With Alex at the helm, Birmingham is in excellent hands. Heck, McGough helped the Stallions win the Championship last season, when Smith went down again in Canton. No doubt, this team is still capable of going all the way with McGough.
It’s been a rough go for Birmingham when it comes to injuries. Linebacker Scooby Wright suffered an injury in week one, and his current status is questionable.
Meanwhile, WR Marlon Williams tore his achilles, and is officially done for the year as well. Seeing Marlon go down is not the sight anyone wanted to see. After a spectacular 2022 season, he was poised to be WR1 for Skip Holtz in 2023.
Hopefully, we won’t see any more injuries like these in the coming weeks. Birmingham still has plenty of talent on the roster, but will look to maintain chemistry with their key pieces from 2022.
Clearly, this news is not what many of us expected to hear at this hour. J’Mar Smith is a staple figure in Birmingham, and the USFL. He will certainly be missed, and we wish him a speedy and healthy recovery.
In the meantime, fans can take a breath – knowing that Alex McGough can keep this train on the right track.
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Birmingham will face off against the Memphis Showboats this Saturday night, at 7pm ET on FOX.
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