Memphis Express Roster (AAF Football)

Some familiar names will be filling the AAF team

The city of Memphis, Tenn., will add to its football legacy as the Express embark as one of the Alliance of American Football's (AAF) inaugural franchises. The home of the Memphis Tigers since 1912, the city along the Mississippi River has also hosted several professional teams through the years, the most notable being the NFL's Tennessee Oilers (1997) before they moved to Nashville and became the Titans.

 

Memphis has also been home to the Southmen (World Football League, 1974-75), the Showboats (USFL, 1984-86), the Mad Dogs (during the CFL's brief American expansion in the mid-90s), the Maniax (XFL, 2001), and the Xplorers (AF2, 2001-06).

 

Now it's the Express' turn, who like those other teams, will also call Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium home. The Memphis Express are led by Pro Football Hall of Famer Mike Singletary and feature a host of players on the roster (see below) with ties to the state (including those who played at Memphis, Tennessee or Vanderbilt) or the area (Ole Miss, LSU, Mississippi State). Among those is quarterback Zach Mettenberger, who played for LSU in college before moving on to the Titans in the NFL. He and former Penn State signal-caller and fellow NFL draft pick Christian Hackenberg shared the starting duties, until an ankle injury ended Mettenberger's season. The Express also added 2012 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel to the mix midway through the season after he was released by the CFL's Montreal Alouettes and territorial rights (due to his Texas A&M ties) were waived by the San Antonio Commanders.

 

No   Name   POS   HT   WT   School
    Johnny Manziel               Texas A&M
8   Zach Mettenberger (IR)   QB   6-2   229   LSU
12   Brandon Silvers   QB   6-3   219   Troy
14   Christian Hackenberg   QB   6-4   228   Penn State
20   Zac Stacy   RB   5-9   223   Vanderbilt
49   Anthony Manzo-Lewis   RB   6-0   256   Albany
43   Terrence Magee   RB   5-8   212   LSU
15   Devin Lucien   WR   6-2   194   Arizona State
86   Daniel Williams   WR   6-3   199   Jackson State
17   Reece Horn   WR   6-3   214   Indianapolis
81   Alton "Pig" Howard   WR   5-8   186   Tennessee
18   Dontez Byrd   WR   5-11   179   Tennessee Tech
82   Gerard Sheppard   WR   6-2   210   Towson
19   Amir Carlisle   WR   5-10   194   Notre Dame
80   Brandon Barnes   TE   6-5   254   Alabama State
89   Adrien Robinson   TE   6-4   266   Cincinnati
85   Cordon Moog   TE   6-5   214   Baylor
65   Demetrius Rhaney   C   6-2   300   Tennessee State
61   Oni Omoile   C   6-2   309   Iowa State
68   Jatitus "Ty" Allen   C   6-3   300   Tennessee State
66   Jessamen Dunker   OG   6-5   289   Tennessee State
60   Daronte Bouldin   OG   6-5   317   Ole Miss
70   Robert Myers   OG   6-5   325   Tennessee State
67   Dallas Thomas   OG   6-5   314   Tennessee
71   Christian Morris   OT   6-6   319   Ole Miss
76   Toby Weathersby   OT   6-6   307   LSU
73   Logan Tuley-Tillman   OT           Michigan
                     
90   Cory Crawford   DE           Clemson
91   Jamichael Winston Sr.   DE   6-4   260   Arkansas
98   Corey Vereen   DE   6-2   248   Tennessee
92   Julius Warmsley   DT   6-2   293   Tulane
97   Greg Gilmore   DT   6-4   307   LSU
95   Montori Hughes   DT   6-4   349   UT Martin
94   Latarius Brady   DT   6-2   279   Memphis
93   Jeremy Liggins   DL   6-3   310   Ole Miss
58   DeMarquis Gates   LB   6-2   229   Ole Miss
55   Davis Tull   LB   6-3   250   Chattanooga
54   Quentin Gause   LB   6-0   242   Rutgers
56   Freddie Bishop   LB           Western Michigan
45   Colton Jumper   LB   6-2   228   Tennessee
53   Drew Jackson   LB   6-1   253   Western Kentucky
28   Brandon Maiden   DB   6-1   189   Jackson State
33   Justin Martin   DB   6-1   195   Tennessee
39   Jeremy Cutrer   DB   6-2   170   Middle Tennessee
25   Arnold Tarpley III   DB   6-1   202   Vanderbilt
31   Jonathan Cook   DB   6-0   197   Memphis
24   Charles James II   DB   5-9   178   Charleston Southern
30   Channing Stribling   DB   6-2   174   Michigan
21   Terrell Bonds   DB   5-9   175   Tennessee State
                     
4   Ryan Winslow   P   6-5   209   Pittsburgh
3   Austin MacGinnis   K           Kentucky
44   Ryan Navarro   LS   6-2   222   Oregon State

Note: Roster subject to change

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