Europe veterans shine at USFL
Graphics: Igor Lazarevic
As the United States Soccer League kicked off its inaugural season, hundreds of players from across the league will be introduced to the American audience through national television offerings. Some of these players have played in Europe in recent years and return to UNITED STATES to try and make their mark in the new league.
Here are eight veterans of the European football scene who dress for USFL teams this year.
Kavontae Turpin WR
The former star of TOS makes his return to football in the United States as he joins the New Jersey Generals in the inaugural season of USFL. He last played with Panthers of Wrocław of European Football League (ELF), where he racked up 702 all-around yards and six touchdowns in just five games in the 2021 season. At just 5’9″, 155 pounds, Turpin is an undersized but explosive player who has thrived on special teams as an all-around returner. throughout his career, and he’s on track to be the Generals’ main returning man this year.
Kolin Hill DE
Defensive end Kolin Hill also plays for the Generals this year after spending last year in ELF with the Berlin thunder. In 10 games of the 2021 season with the Thunder, Hill had 20 tackles for loss, 11 sacks, five forced fumbles and one defensive touchdown. Hill split his college football between stops at Notre Dame and Texas Tech. the Generals are expecting big things from their 3rd round draft pick.
Jarey Elder DB
Jarey Elder joins the New Orleans thugs this year after spending last year with Milan Sailors of Italian Football League. With the Sailors, Elder played both running back and defensive back and helped the team reach the league title game. Back in the United States, the 5’11”, 195-pound Elder will primarily focus on his defensive back duties. An alumnus of West Chester University in Pennsylvania, this year USFL The season will be the biggest step for Elder to show off his abilities.
the Houston players used his 2nd-round pick on offensive lineman Kristjan Sokoli, a 30-year-old veteran who appears to be a stable play on the The players offensive front. The murderous 6’5″, 300-pound lineman has a unique story, as he fled his homeland of Albania at the age of nine to apply for political asylum in the United States after being separated from his parents for several years. In the United States, he became a great football player, playing college football at University at Buffalo. He was recruited by the Seattle Seahawks in 2015 and spent a few years in several teams in the NFL. Sokoli has spent the last year with the Potsdam Royals of German Football League, and is now returning to United States.
Dominique Martin DB
A former star of Tarleton State University in Texas, Dominique Martin will dress for the Michigan Panthers this season. Starting out as a wide receiver in college, Martin transitioned to defensive back after three years and thrived at the position of his senior. Now 28, he is making his way to the Panthers after a long and winding career, having spent 2018 with the Cologne crocodiles of German Football League. He recently spent time with the Green Bay Packers before 2021 NFL season, and is now looking for a fresh start with the Panthers.
Dart Jacobs DB
Defensive back Dartez Jacobs returns United States after spending the last two years abroad. After passages with shenzhen of the AFU New Year China Bowl and the Braunschweig New Yorker Lions and the Kirchdorf Wildcats (both based in Germany), Jacobs spent the last year with the Cologne Centurions of ELF. The Atlanta native played collegiately at Georgia State University in college, and is now moving to the New Orleans thugs of USFL.
Madre London RB
Last year’s ELF MVP, Madre London comes to Steel City to join the Pittsburgh Maulers. Play with the Cologne Centurions last year, London rushed for 2,177 yards and 24 touchdowns in just 11 games. For perspective, he finished with double the yards of the second-place runner. The 6’1″, 220-pound Arkansas played his college ball at Michigan State and Tennessee, and is now looking to make a name for himself in the USFL.
Dale Warren LB
Another veteran of ELFlinebacker Dale Warren spent the last year with the Stuttgart Surge. The former University of Tennessee Chattanooga star also spent time with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League in 2019. Now signed with the Pittsburgh Maulers, the 26-year-old from Covington, Georgia , will be looking to have a stellar year when he returns to the United States