The Alliance of American Football, the new football league slated to start play inning February 9th, 2019, announced that the first 100 players have been signed to teams throughout the AAF. Of the eight teams in the league, Orlando was one of the cities selected and they signed 20 out of the 100 players announced Monday afternoon.

Amongst the notable players that were signed to Orlando’s start up team was former University of Central Florida wide receiver Rannell Hall, former University of Miami linebacker Tyriq McCord and running back Joe Yearby. 

The Alliance of American Football (AAF), which was unveiled back in March, plans to debut a week after next year’s Super Bowl. The league will have eight teams in its inaugural campaign and have a 10-game season. The Alliance will have several slight rule variations in comparison to the NFL, including no kickoffs and every team will start possessions on the 25-yard line, a 30-second play clock and 50-man rosters.

Former University of Florida and University of South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier was named the head coach for Orlando back in April. The last time Spurrier coached on the professional level was back in 2003 when he was head coach of the Washington Redskins in 2002-2003 for two seasons. Spurrier went 12-20 over the span of two campaigns but then stepped down as the team’s coach before returning to college football at South Carolina.

Spurrier is widely known for his time in the college ranks, including his 12-year stint at the University of Florida and his nine years spent at the University of South Carolina. The former Gators’ coach is a college Hall of Famer and seven-time SEC conference Coach of the Year award winner.

About The Author

Andy Villamarzo has covered high school and youth sports for the Tampa Bay Times and The Tampa Tribune as a correspondent since 2008. He is a native of Holiday, FL, who graduated from Gulf High School and studied at St. Petersburg College. He has covered various prep, collegiate and professional athletes throughout his writing career, including Josh Johnson (Jacksonville Jaguars), Patrick Schuster (Arizona Diamondbacks) and currently writes for other publications like The Suncoast News, Friday Night Football Magazine and TopDrawerSoccer.com.

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