Pittsburgh Maulers
Current season
Established 2021
Play in Protective Stadium/
Legion Field
in Birmingham, Alabama
https://twitter.com/USFLMaulers
Pittsburgh Maulers.jpg
League/conference affiliations
United States Football League (2022–present)
  • North Division (2022–present)
Team colorsPurple, orange, white
     
MascotMarty the Mauler
Personnel
Owner(s)National Spring Football League Enterprises Co, LLC, (Fox Sports)
General managerChris Watts
Head coachKirby Wilson
Team history
  • Pittsburgh Maulers (2022–present)
Championships
League championships (0)
Conference championships (0)
Division championships (0)
Home stadium(s)

The Pittsburgh Maulers are a professional American football team based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Maulers compete in the United States Football League (USFL) North division. Founded in 2021, the Maulers are one of the eight inaugural teams for the re-launch of the original United States Football League, which ceased operations in 1986.

They currently play their home games at Protective Stadium and Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama, which also hosts the University of Alabama at Birmingham Blazers.

History

The Pittsburgh Maulers were one of eight teams that were officially announced as a USFL franchise on The Herd with Colin Cowherd on November 22, 2021,[1] Their first head coach was announced on January 20, 2022, when it was announced on The Herd with Colin Cowherd that former NFL running backs coach Kirby Wilson was named the Head Coach and General Manager of the Maulers.[2] Wilson revealed on February 9, 2022, that UConn Defensive Coordinator Jarren Horton would become the Defensive Coordinator for the Maulers, while Wilson would call the offense.[3] They made their first draft pick in franchise history, selecting QB Kyle Lauletta 7th overall. They drafted 35 players from February 22–23 in 2022.

The team begun the season 0-4, but defeated the Houston Gamblers 21-20 behind an off the bench effort by newly signed QB Vad Lee[4]

Logo and Uniforms

The colors orange and purple are slightly different from what was used by the Pittsburgh Maulers team in the original USFL, as they used red and purple. In any event, the colors are a radical departure from the city's traditional sporting colors of black and gold and are more or less of an ode to the original Maulers franchise.

The logo depicts a worker swinging a large hammer, as an ode to the steel workers that Pittsburgh's history is known for. The current jerseys are a different design than the originals, with the home being purple with an orange bar across the shoulders and the away being white with a purple bar along the shoulders.

Personnel

Current roster

Initially, each team carried a 38-man active roster and a 7-man practice squad, but the rosters were increased to 40 active players and 50 total in May, 2022.[5][6]


Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

  •  4 Bailey Gaither
  •  7 Delvon Hardaway
  • 10 Isiah Hennie
  • 13 Jalen McCleskey
  • 89 Tre Walker

Tight ends

  •  1 Artayvious Lynn
  • 80 Matt Seybert
Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

  • 99 Carlo Kemp DE
  • 97 Darrius Moragne DE
  • 59 Christopher Okoye DT
  • 92 Jeremiah Pharms Jr. DT
  • 95 Nasir Player DE
  • 91 Boogie Roberts DT
  • 94 Olive Sagapolu DT
Linebackers
  • 50 Blaze Alldredge ILB
  •  6 Malcolm Howard OLB
  • 31 Kyahva Tezino OLB
  • 55 Zane Zandier ILB

Defensive backs

  • 22 Bryce Torneden S
  •  8 Eli Walker S

Special teams

Reserve lists

Inactive roster

  • 56 Eric Assoua DE
  • 72 Charles Baldwin T
  • 69 Jerrod Brooks T
  • 52 Xavier Dampeer C
  • 67 Jon Dietzen G
  • 37 Garrett Groshek
  • 17 Devin Hafford CB
  • 23 Prince Charles Iworah CB
  • 97 Leevel Tatum III DT
  • 85 Hunter Thedford
  • 45 Dale Warren OLB
  • 98 Will Miles DT


Rookies in italics

Roster updated June 19, 2022

38 active, 5 reserve(s), 12 inactive

USFL rosters

Staff

Pittsburgh Maulers staff
Front office
  • General manager –
Head Coach
Offensive coaches
Defensive coaches
  • Defensive coordinator – Jarren Horton
  • Defensive line - Rick Courtright
  • Linebackers coach/special teams coordinator - Marc Hull
  • Defensive backs - Jack Nudo

References

  1. ^ "USFL unveils team cities, nicknames, and logos for 2022 debut". FOX Sports. Retrieved 2021-12-18.
  2. ^ "What you need to know for USFL in 2022:Two more head coaches revealed". Fox Sports. January 20, 2022. Retrieved January 20, 2022.
  3. ^ "Jarren Horton Tapped as Defensive Coordinator for Pittsburgh Maulers". Pro Football Newsroom. 2022-02-09. Retrieved 2022-02-09.
  4. ^ "The Official Site of the United States Football League | The USFL.com". The USFL. Retrieved 2022-05-19.
  5. ^ "USFL to have a "player selection meeting" on February 22–23". ProFootballTalk. 2022-01-04. Retrieved 2022-01-05.
  6. ^ "USFL expands game-day rosters by two, total rosters by five". ProFootballTalk. 2022-05-18. Retrieved 2022-06-01.