Next up in our series of the eight founding teams in the AAF is the Memphis Express.
The Express will be playing at the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, home to the NCAA University of Memphis Tigers football team in midtown Memphis. The Liberty Bowl holds 58,318 people.
The Express hold the player rights for the following colleges:
Tennessee, LSU, Arkansas, Ole Miss, Memphis, Kentucky, Vanderbilt, Middle Tennessee, Austin Peay, Chattanooga, East Tennessee State, Tennessee State, Tennessee Tech, UT Martin, Carson-Newman, Lane, and Tusculum.
For players who attended non-affiliate colleges, player rights are designated based on their most recent pro-football experience. For this, the Express control the Bengals, Colts, Saints, and Titans from the NFL and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers from the CFL.
Singletary is the former head coach of the San Francisco 49ers and an integral member of the Chicago Bears’ 1980s defense and a 1998 Hall of Fame inductee. He served with Niners until 2010 and since then has been a linebackers coach (Minnesota Vikings), a defensive assistant (Los Angeles Rams) and a senior adviser to Troy Vincent, the NFL’s executive vice president of football operations.
In his most recent incarnation, Singletary was the head coach at Trinity Christian Academy in Addison, Texas. He’s eager to get back onto the big stage having recently turned 60. “I was not able to get an opportunity that I wanted. So to get this one, for this to come across the table, I’m very excited about it”, Singletary said after his
Zach Mettenberger (QB)
Other stops for Mettenberger included the Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Jets and San Diego Chargers. When asked about his approach to preparing for life in the AAF Mettenberger said, “I just tried to keep my head up and keep working. And, now, there’s an opportunity for me to go out and prove myself.”
Christian Hackenberg (QB)
Hackenberg is another former NFL quarterback looking to get his career back on track. Likely to be the starter he bounced around 3 NFL teams in 2018 before finally being cut from the Bengals practice squad in November.
Taken with the 51st pick in the 2016 NFL draft by the New York Jets, Hackenberg never really got his career off the ground in the NFL. Despite a somewhat desperate situation in New York, Hackenberg failed to make the field in either of his seasons.
However, after an impressive pre-season game against the Stallions it seems the former Penn State star has secured the starting spot for the season opener. Hackenberg went 9/15 for 125 yards and a touchdown.
Damore’ea Stringfellow (WR)
Former Ole miss WR Damore’eaa Stringfellow found life hard in the NFL as well. After signing as an undrafted free agent with the Miami Dolphins in 2017, Stringfellow took a pass 99 yards for a touchdown in his opening pre-season game.
Unfortunately, that was the high-point of his career as he bounced from the Dolphins to the Jets, Seahawks, Titans, and back to the Seahawks. Out of high
Zac Stacy (RB)
A former 5th round pick of the St Louis Rams, Zac Stacy looked to be settling in for a long stellar career in the NFL. After rushing for 973 yards and 7 TD’s, and catching another, his star seemed to be on the rise. Unfortunately for
After that, Stacy requested a trade and found himself at the graveyard of careers, the New York Jets. After just 8 games with the Jets, he broke his ankle against the Bills and was placed on IR. He subsequently retired from the NFL, and had a brief attempt at recovery in the CFL.
Another player who showed huge promise, if Stacy can find his place in Memphis he could be very productive. Despite being his 7th year since being drafted, he has very little mileage and could pose some huge problems for defences.
|8||Zach Mettenberger||QB||6-5||229 LBS||Louisiana State|
|12||Brandon Silvers||QB||6-3||219 LBS||Troy|
|14||Christian Hackenberg||QB||6-4||228 LBS||Penn State|
|20||Zac Stacy||RB||5-9||223 LBS||Vanderbilt|
|34||Rajion Neal||RB||5-11||212 LBS||Tennessee|
|49||Anthony Manzo-Lewis||RB||6-0||269 LBS||Albany|
|85||Cordon Moog||RB||6-5||214 LBS||Baylor|
|43||Terrence Magee||RB||5-9||216 LBS||Louisiana State|
|13||Devin Lucien||WR||6-2||194 LBS||Arizona State|
|17||Reece Horn||WR||6-3||214 LBS||Indianapolis|
|82||Damore’ea Stringfellow||WR||6-2||218 LBS||Mississippi|
|81||Alton “Pig” Howard||WR||5-8||186 LBS||Tennessee|
|18||Dontez Byrd||WR||5-11||179 LBS||Tennessee Tech|
|86||Fabian Guerra||WR||6-0||189 LBS||Fairmont State|
|88||Kayaune Ross||WR||6-6||224 LBS||Kentucky|
|80||Brandon Barnes||TE||6-5||224 LBS||Alabama State|
|47||Adrien Robinson||TE||6-4||266 LBS||Cincinnati|
|65||Demetrius Rhaney||C||6-2||300 LBS||Tennessee State|
|61||Oni Omoile||C||6-3||305 LBS||Iowa State|
|66||Jessamen Dunker||OG||6-5||305 LBS||Tennessee State|
|60||Daronte Bouldin||OG||6-5||317 LBS||Mississippi|
|70||Robert Myers||OG||6-5||310 LBS||Tennessee State|
|67||Dallas Thomas||OG||6-5||314 LBS||Tennessee|
|71||Christian Morris||OT||6-6||319 LBS||Mississippi|
|76||Toby Weathersby||OT||6-6||307 LBS||Louisiana State|
|77||Anthony Morris||OT||6-6||290 LBS||Tennessee State|
|91||Jamichael Winston, Sr.||DE||6-4||260 LBS||Arkansas|
|98||Corey Vereen||DE||6-2||248 LBS||Tennessee|
|90||Sam Montgomery||DE||6-3||269 LBS||Louisiana State|
|92||Julius Warmsley||DT||6-2||268 LBS||Tulane|
|97||Greg Gilmore||DT||6-4||307 LBS||Louisiana State|
|95||Montori Hughes||DT||6-4||349 LBS||Tennessee-Martin|
|94||Latarius Brady||DT||6-2||279 LBS||Memphis|
|96||Anthony Johnson||LB||6-3||293 LBS||Louisiana State|
|58||DeMarquis Gates||LB||6-2||229 LBS||Mississippi|
|55||Davis Tull||LB||6-3||239 LBS||Chattanooga|
|50||Benetton Fonua||LB||6-0||234 LBS||Hawaii|
|54||Quentin Gause||LB||6-1||234 LBS||Rutgers|
|45||Colton Jumper||LB||6-2||228 LBS||Tennessee|
|53||Drew Jackson||LB||6-1||265 LBS||Western Kentucky|
|28||Brandon Maiden||DB||6-1||219 LBS||Jackson State|
|33||Justin Martin||DB||6-1||195 LBS||Tennessee|
|39||Jeremy Cutrer||DB||6-2||170 LBS||Middle Tennessee State|
|25||Arnold Tarpley, III||DB||6-1||202 LBS||Vanderbilt|
|23||Malik Boynton||DB||6-0||190 LBS||Austin Peay|
|31||Jonathan Cook||DB||6-0||197 LBS||Memphis|
|24||Charles James, II||DB||5-9||178 LBS||Charleston Southern|
|30||Channing Stribling||DB||6-2||180 LBS||Michigan|
|21||Terrell Bonds||DB||5-9||175 LBS||Tennessee State|
|4||Brad Wing||P||6-3||204 LBS||Louisiana State|
|44||Ryan Navarro||LS||6-2||222 LBS||Oregon State|
Memphis will open their season on the road against the Birmingham Iron on February 10th.