Channing Stribling produced this week for the Michigan alumni contingent in the new American Alliance of Football.
A corner for the Memphis Express, he racked up five tackles, three pass breakups and an interception in a 20-18 defeat to the visiting Arizona Hotshots.
Channing Stribling picks off John Wolford pic.twitter.com/qriaLyUKCz— Arif Hasan (@ArifHasanNFL) February 17, 2019
The 6-foot-2, 175-pounder has jumped around the professional ranks. After notching 29 tackles and four picks (including returned for a touchdown) in 2016, he earned an undrafted free agent contract with the Cleveland Browns. Since then, he’s participated on practice squads for the Indianapolis Colts, San Francisco 49ers and Los Angeles Chargers.
Stribling has roamed all over the field so far for the 0-2 Express.
Two great defensive plays in a row by former #Michigan #Wolverines & #Memphis #Express CB Channing Stribling (@C_Strib8) vs the #Arizona #Hotshots. The @NFL should be calling this guy soon if they haven’t already! pic.twitter.com/tX7WjibcCe— Sleeper Athletes (@SleeperAth1etes) February 17, 2019
For the second week in a row, De’Veon Smith punched in a short touchdown for the Orlando Apollos.
He got Steve Spurrier’s new team on the board in the second quarter with a one-yard plunge. It helped kickstart a 37-29 comeback victory over the San Antonio Commanders.
De’Veon Smith with the 6.— Orlando Apollos (@aafAPOLLOS) February 17, 2019
#TakeAim | #ORLvsSA pic.twitter.com/nqwBW6Z2cn
He finished with four carries for four yards, as well as two receptions for 10. He also tacked on a two-point conversion.
He suited up across former teammate Matt Godin, a defensive tackle for San Antonio. The former Greg Mattison disciple mustered a single stop and a pass deflection.
Two other Michigan alumni backs are on AAF rosters. Ty Isaac saw his first action for the Birmingham Iron in a 12-9 triumph over the Salt Lake Stallions. He earned a lone carry for two yards and two catches for four.
Denard Robinson was placed on the inactive roster for the Atlanta Legends.
TONIGHT’S INACTIVES:— Atlanta Legends (@AafLegends) February 18, 2019
17 James Quick
25 Denard Robinson
51 Tau Lotulelei
54 Dylan Donahue
60 Trae Moxley
83 Jake Sutherland
99 Bijhon Jackson
21 Doran Grant #AllHailATL | #ATLvsSD | @TheAAF
All boxscores can be found here.