The Alliance of American Football made its debut this past weekend, introducing the nation to a new professional football league. Utah’s own team, the Salt Lake Stallions features a roster rich with former University of Utah players. In this weekly series, we’ll highlight their various success throughout the season.
Former receiver Anthony Dunham was the most impactful former Ute in the Stallions’ debut against the Arizona Hotshots, racking up 59 yards on a team high five receptions, including the first ever catch in SLS history. Joining the tight end down field was receiver Dres Anderson. Though he only totaled two passes, Anderson’s 25 yards were the second most for the Stallions, and his 12.5 yard average was the most on the roster.
Rounding out the offense, former Minnesota Viking, Matt Asiata found his way into the end zone early in the second quarter, putting the Stallions on the board for the first time. Outside of his one yard touchdown run, 31 year-old running back was mostly a non-factor gaining just four total yards on the ground.
On the defensive side of the all, the Stallions struggled as a unit, allowing the Hotshots to score 38 points in their loss, giving up multiple big plays as the game wore on. Despite this, linebacker Trevor Reilly, who played for the Utes from 2010 to 2013 (excluding his redshirt season in 2009) was a bright spot for the Stallions, accounting for four total tackles, while tackles Tenny Palepoi and Seaver Siliga each recorded one solo tackle each.
Fans anxious to catch their former favorites can tune into TNT this Saturday when the Stallions farce off against the Birmingham Iron at 12:00 PM MT. They will make their home debut at Rice-Eccles Stadium the following week on February 23 where they look to avenge their first loss, taking on the Hotshots at 1:00 PM MT.