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USFL players add former Auburn defensive back

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Each USFL team will have an active roster of 35 players and a practice squad of seven players when the league kicks off its football season on April 16 in Birmingham.

Because each team drafted 45 players, there wouldn’t seem to be much need for trades just yet, but there were a few, including Thursday when the Houston Gamblers released draft pick Howard Wilson and signed the former Auburn defensive back Ryan White.

The Gamblers are White’s latest foray into spring football. The cornerback played eight games for the Alliance of American Football’s Birmingham Iron in 2019 and five games for the XFL’s St. Louis BattleHawks in 2020 before those leagues prematurely ended their seasons.

White entered professional football as an undrafted rookie in 2014. He went to training camp with the Green Bay Packers in 2014 and 2015 but did not make the team. After going to training camp with Atlanta in 2016, he spent eight weeks on the Falcons practice squad.

In the countdown to the USFL’s first game on April 16, two other USFL trades involved former Auburn players. Outside linebacker Tre Threat, who also played at Spanish Fort High School and Jacksonville State, was released by the Michigan Panthers, who placed former Auburn guard Marquel Harrell on reserve/did not report.

The USFL will play its entire 10-week regular season in Birmingham, beginning with the New Jersey Generals-Birmingham Stallions game at 6:30 p.m. CDT on April 16 at Protective Stadium. FOX and NBC will broadcast the game.

In another USFL trade, the Generals released quarterback Ben Holmes and signed quarterback Luis Perez. The switch brought Perez back to Birmingham, where he was the Iron’s QB for the abbreviated AAF season in 2019.

The USFL’s inaugural weekend continues at Protective Stadium on April 17 with the Gamblers-Panthers at 11 a.m. on NBC, Philadelphia Stars-New Orleans Breakers at 3 p.m. on USA and Tampa Bay Bandits-Pittsburgh Maulers at 7 p.m. on Fox Sports 1.

Alabama high school and college players on USFL rosters include:

Birmingham Stallions

Running back Jordan Chunn (Madison County, Troy)

Cornerback Tae Hayes (Decatur)

Justice Powers (UAB) offensive tackle

Wide receiver Peyton Ramzy (Bessemer Academy, Tuskegee)

Wide receiver Marlon Williams (McGill-Toolen)

Houston players

Tight end Brandon Barnes (Russell County, Alabama State)

Inside linebacker Beniquez Brown (Florence)

Edge/defensive end Ahmad Gooden (Talladega, Samford)

Defensive tackle Cory Thomas (McAdory)

Kicker Nick Vogel (UAB)

Cornerback Ryan White (Auburn)

Offensive tackle John Yarbrough (Homewood)

New Jersey Generals

Offensive tackle Calvin Ashley (Auburn)

Tight end Braedon Bowman (Southern Alabama)

Cornerback Trae Elston (Oxford)

Wide receiver Randy Satterfield (Jemison, West Alabama)

Cornerback/Punter Returner Christian Tutt (Auburn)

New Orleans thugs

Tight end Sal Cannella (Auburn)

Defensive tackle Connor Christian (Jacksonville State)

Kicker Austin MacGinnis (Prattville)

Guard Steven Rowzee (Troy)

Cornerback Keith Washington II (Prattville)

Philadelphia Stars

Cornerback Bradley Sylve (Alabama)

Tampa Bay Bandits

Edge/defensive end Mekhi Brown (Alabama)

Cornerback Christian Campbell (Central-Phenix City)

Running back BJ Emmons (Alabama)

Wide Receiver John Franklin III (Auburn)

The Panthers and Maulers have no players from Alabama high schools and colleges on their rosters.

Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter at @AMarkG1.