USFL Week 4 Players of the Week: Reggie Corbin, Scooby Wright
Michigan RB Reggie Corbin and Birmingham LB Scooby Wright are the USFL's Week 4 Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week.
Through Week 4 of the USFL's inaugural season, the Birmingham Stallions (4-0) have established themselves as the team to beat. Jeff Fisher's Michigan Panthers, on the other hand, have struggled on the way to a 1-3 start.
Despite their disparate records, however, both teams have had some bright moments. And both teams, it turns out, are represented in the Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week honors for Week 4.
Offensive Player of The Week: Reggie Corbin, RB, Michigan Panthers
The Panthers have built their strategy around defense and the running game, and when it comes to the latter, Corbin is a huge reason why.
The 26-year-old running back out of Illinois ranks third in the league in rushing yards with 308, and that's despite only playing in three games — and only starting once — so far.
The backs ahead of Corbin on the rushing chart have played much more than he has. New Orleans' Jordan Ellis has racked up 347 yards in four games (two starts) and Houston's Mark Thompson has gained 320 yards in four games (four starts).
But Corbin appears to be on the rise, gaining 152 yards on just 12 carries in Michigan's 26-25 loss to Philadelphia on Friday. He compiled 88 of those yards on a dazzling touchdown scamper in the second quarter, a dash that gave his team a 17-10 lead at the time.
Michigan's Reggie Corbin shines in Week 4
Defensive Player of The Week: Scooby Wright, LB, Birmingham Stallions
Wright, a former All-American at Arizona, is the kind of player who catches your eye each week, especially with the way he flies around the field making plays.
Week 4 against Tampa Bay was no different, as Wright's ferocious play was a major factor in his team's 16-10 victory. The linebacker tied for his team's lead in tackles, with six, while also notching a team-best two tackles for loss.
And when he registered a crucial sack late in the game, he also wowed the crowd with a new celebration that he dubbed the "Sharkdawg."
Special Teams Player of the Week: Taylor Bertolet, K, New Orleans Breakers
The Breakers signed Bertolet as a free agent on May 5, and the product of Texas A&M has already made a big impact.
In a hard-fought contest against the Houston Gamblers on Sunday, Bertolet accounted for 11 points, making three of his four field-goal attempts and both of his PATs.
That's no small feat given how many of the USFL's kickers have struggled this season. What's more, his first FG of the day was a 50-yarder that gave his team an early 3-0 lead. Not a bad way to start things off!