Birmingham Stallions add former SEC quarterback to roster


Quarterback Matt Corral has signed with the Birmingham Stallions, the United Football League announced on Tuesday night.

The former Ole Miss standout becomes the fourth quarterback on the Stallions’ roster as Birmingham prepares for training camp to start later this month.

In his final two seasons at Ole Miss, Corral threw for 6,686 yards and 49 touchdowns and ran for 1,120 yards and 15 TDs.

The Carolina Panthers picked Corral in the third round of the 2022 NFL Draft. A foot injury sustained in a preseason game caused Corral to spend his entire rookie season on injured reserve.

The Panthers released Corral before the 2023 season, and he had a short stay with the New England Patriots after being claimed off waivers.


J’Mar Smith remains with Birmingham after beginning each of the past two seasons as the Stallions’ No. 1 QB. Injuries brought Alex McGough to the field in both campaigns, which ended in USFL championships for Birmingham. McGough spent the 2023 NFL season the Green Bay Packers’ practice squad, and he signed a reserve/future in January to stay with the team.

The Stallions also have quarterbacks Adrian Martinez and Jalen Morton on their roster. Morton was on the team last season. Martinez spent the offseason, training camp and preseason with the Detroit Lions in 2023 before being released in the roster cuts to reach the regular-season limit. He signed with Birmingham in December.

The Stallions also signed another former Ole Miss standout, linebacker DeMarquis Gates, on Tuesday. Gates has eight games of NFL regular-season experience, including five with the Chicago Bears in 2023.

To make room on the roster, offensive tackle Cam Carter and running back Zaquandre White were released.

Birmingham will kick off the UFL’s inaugural season against the Arlington Renegades at noon CST March 30 at Choctaw Stadium in Arlington, Texas. FOX will televise the game.

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

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