Week 1 of the inaugural season of the Alliance of American Football is officially in the books. Several former college football players who became household names during their time on campus had big opening weeks. 

One of those players was Luis Perez.

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Perez — who we dubbed the most interesting man in DII football to begin the 2017 DII football season — had a campaign to remember. The then-senior quarterback threw for 4,999 yards and 46 touchdowns on his way to the Harlon Hill Trophy and 2017 DII football national championship. 

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He spent some time on the Los Angeles Rams practice squad this season and is now the starting quarterback for the Birmingham Iron. He threw for 252 yards in an opening day 26-0 victory. 

The Iron is one of six AAF teams with multiple former DII players on their rosters. The San Antonio Commanders are tied with the Iron for the second most rostered DII players. The Atlanta Legends found some talent in several Georgia DII programs to lead the way with five former DII stars on their roster. Ja’Quan Gardner, Humboldt State’s former record-setting running back from that same 2017 season, is one of two former DII players on the San Diego Fleet roster, the same number on the Arizona Hotshots and Memphis Express rosters.

All eight teams of the AAF have at least one former DII star. Let’s take a look at who is in the new professional football league.

Name Position School
Arizona Hotshots    
Freddie Martino WR North Greenville
Edmond Robinson LB Newberry
Atlanta Legends    
Donatello Brown DB Valdosta State
Dylan Donahue LB West Georgia
Seantavius Jones WR Valdosta State
Tyshon Henderson OT  Clark Atlanta
Lawrence Pittman RB Wingate
Birmingham Iron    
DeVozea Felton WR Tuskegee
Johnny Maxey DT Mars Hill
Luis Perez QB Texas A&M-Commerce
Max Redfield DB Indiana (Pa)
Memphis Express    
Fabian Guerra WR Fairmont State
Reece Horn WR Indianapolis
Orlando Apollos    
Charles Johnson WR Grand Valley State
Salt Lake Stallions    
Sam Mobley WR Catawba
San Antonio Commanders    
De’Vante Bausby DB Pittsburg State
Brian Folkerts OL Washburn
Stehly Reden TE Texas A&M-Kingsville
Dustin Vaugh QB West Texas A&M
San Diego Fleet    
Ja’Quan Gardner RB Humboldt State
Terrell Watson RB Azusa Pacific

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