Two of the top playmakers in the USFL this season were RB Mark Thompson, and LB Frank Ginda. Both were consistent all year long, and have been rightfully awarded with two of the most prestigious awards in the league.
Breaking: The #USFL has announced the offensive & defensive players of the year:
Mark Thompson had a magnificent year for Curtis Johnson and the Houston Gamblers. The team started 0-2, which was largely due to Mark being unavailable. Once he joined the squad in week three, they won five of their next six games, as Thompson was unstoppable.
Thompson has set a modern USFL record with 14 rushing touchdowns, which is insane. Even more impressive, he did that in only eight games. One has to wonder what the total tally would have been if he played ten games.
Mark’s efforts were something to watch throughout the season. He was always providing the team with a late spark, something that became a staple of his game.
Every single week, Mark Thompson continues to blow away the @USFL rushing record. What a game it was for Mark:
USFL President of Football Operations, Daryl Johnston, had this to say:
“Mark Thompson was the centerpiece of the Gamblers offense and was a threat to score every time he touched the ball, rushing for 14 touchdowns. A truly incredible season worthy of being named 2023 USFL Offensive Player of the Year.”
While the Houston Gamblers were unable to secure a playoff berth, they made dramatic improvements compared to 2022, finishing with a 5-5 record. After such a successful USFL season, Mark Thompson was very deserving of being named Offensive Player Of The Year. Expect the NFL to be calling soon.
While there were multiple candidates who were in the same ballpark, what Frank Ginda did this season was unheard of. He won Defensive Player Of The Week four times, which is a USFL record. Time and time again, he provided the team with leadership and playmaking that allowed them to either stay close – or win games.
Michigan snuck into the playoffs with a 4-6 record, ultimately falling to the Pittsburgh Maulers in an overtime Divisional round battle.
Despite yesterday's loss, LB Frank Ginda led the team with 11 tackles, 2 TFL, & a tide-turning INT. With how consistent @frankginda05 has been this #USFL season, I'd be shocked if he doesn't get an NFL look.
Mike Nolan spoke very highly of Frank Ginda throughout the season. He called him an “intelligent football player”, and someone who was the “signal caller” defensively. As mentioned, he was the leader for Nolan’s defense all year long.
The USFL featured incredible talent in 2023. Mark Thompson and Frank Ginda are two examples of exactly that, who were both well deserving of these awards.
With only one award left to hand out, the USFL 2023 MVP will be announced a day or two before the USFL Championship, which is this Saturday. The Birmingham Stallions will face off against the Pittsburgh Maulers at 8pm ET on NBC.
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