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Former Michigan RB De’Veon Smith scores first rushing touchdown in AAF history

More notes from Wolverine alumni from the new football league.

NFL: Washington Redskins at Baltimore Ravens Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

De’Veon Smith made football history this past weekend with the Orlando Apollos of the new American Alliance of Football.

The former Michigan back scored the first rushing touchdown in AAF history after plowing for a one-yard score versus the Atlanta Legends.

The Apollos, coached by former Florida and South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier, whooped the Legends 40-6 in the league opener.

Smith played against fellow Michigan alum Denard Robinson, who started at running back for the Legends. He made his mark on his team’s record books, as well.

At the same time, Matt Godin was wreaking havoc for the San Antonio Commanders, who shut down the San Diego Fleet 15-6. The former Wolverine defensive tackle recorded a sack.

The offensive coordinator for San Diego is former Wolverine assistant Mike Debord.

The only other Wolverine to participate in AAF action this weekend was Memphis Express cornerback Channing Stribling. He broke up a pass against the Birmingham Iron.

He was set to suit up across former Michigan teammate Ty Isaac, a running back for the Iron. However, the former five-star was a scratch due to injury.

Official stats and box scores can be found here. League action continues next Saturday. Bold denotes teams with Michigan ties.

  • Salt Lake at Birmingham, Sat, Feb 16 (2 p.m. ET, TNT)
  • Arizona at Memphis, Sat, Feb 16 (8 p.m. ET, NFL Network)
  • Orlando at San Antonio, Sun, Feb 17 (4 p.m. ET, CBS Sports Network)
  • Atlanta at San Diego, Sun, Feb 17 (8 p.m. ET, NFL Network)