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Author: Jon Kuzma
It’s a little bit early to be saying John Wolford is going to make it back to the NFL but there’s no doubt he raised his value enormously. Wolford looked very sharp in one of the Alliance of American Football’s first regular season match-ups and he’s currently the top rated quarterback in the new league. The former Wake Forest signal caller was on the Jets roster in September but they ended up letting him go. That might not have been the best move because Wolford is showing he can play. After lighting it up for 275 passing yards, 4 touchdowns, and no interceptions it feels like this guy could be a backup or a third stringer on somebody’s team. Especially when you take into account that Buffalo was basically pulling people out of the stands to play QB at one point (Derek Anderson, Nathan Peterman). Some of the other players who stood out for Arizona were Rashad Ross and Jhurell Pressley. Ross was dominant through the air hauling in 103 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns. Pressley also rushed for 64 yards and had 1 receiving touchdown. The Stallions were led by Josh Woodrum who threw for 103 yards, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception. Eventually Woodrum was knocked out the game though and that killed Salt Lakes’ chances of winning. Nick Tuesdell, Jordan Leslie, and Matt Asiata all scored touchdowns in a tough night out. Luckily it’s only week one and there’s plenty of football left to be played. On the other side of the ball Steven Johnson tore it up for the Hotshots’ defense recording 7 tackles and 1 interception. Will Sutton was also very good he had 4 tackles, 1 sack, and 1 TFL. Cody Brown (6 tackles) and Karter Schult (4 tackles) were Salt Lake’s top performers and each player ended up having a sack. Week one is officially in the books and it was definitely exciting to watch. We’ll see how both teams respond to this outcome and where they go from here?
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John Wolford could be making a case for an NFL job. He was dominant in the Arizona Hotshots’ season opener.