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.
Denard Robinson (yes, that one) earns the #Legends their first first down in franchise history. Got a great block off the pass.— Jon Alba (@JonAlba) February 10, 2019
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.
San Antonio Commanders Week 1 Highlight @aafcommanders— Hiro Katsuki (@KatsukiFB) February 10, 2019
--#AAFCommanders #TakeCommand#AAF #JoinTheAlliance pic.twitter.com/FoWMX28CYu
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.
Great defensive play by former #Michigan #Wolverines & #Memphis #Express DB Channing Stribling (@C_Strib8) vs the #Birmingham #Iron pic.twitter.com/ct6TbdMwLY— Sleeper Athletes (@SleeperAth1etes) February 10, 2019
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.
Birmingham Iron inactives vs. the Memphis Express pic.twitter.com/2UzTeqIFae— Marq Burnett (@Marq_Burnett) February 10, 2019
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)