The Salt Lake Stallions took on the Birmingham Iron this weekend, losing 9-12 on the road, becoming one of the three AAF teams yet to record a victory early in the league’s inaugural season. Unfortunately for Utah fans hoping to see their favorites find some success in the fledgling league, the Ute-heavy roster has failed to provide many highlights from former players through two games.
Offensively, tight end Anthony Denham remains one of the better options downfield, though in his second start, Denham only picked up one catch for 11 yards on six targets. Running back Matt Asiata saw less action this week as well, gaining just four yards on two carries, and fumbling the ball deep into the red zone after gaining enough yards for a first down on his first carry of the day.
On the other side of the ball, a number of former Utes are making a name for themselves early on for the Stallions. Of them, linebacker Trevor Reilly delivered one the better defensive plays for the Stallions in week two, delivering a tackle to the chest of Birmingham receiver, Weslye Saunders, mid-way through the third quarter, forcing and recovering the ensuing fumble. Fellow linebacker Gionni Paul led the Stallions with six solo tackles and an assisted sack. Defensive tackle Tenny Palepoi recorded three solo tackles in week two, rounding out the Utes who saw game action for the Stallions.
Fans anxious to see Salt Lake live in action will have their first chance to do so this Saturday, as the Stallions make their home debut on February 23 at 3:00 PM MT at Rice-Eccles Stadium.