Tuesday night’s TSL action brought us some fun football, as the Jousters blew out the Blues in dominant fashion. The Jousters came out on top 28-7, in a game that was one-sided throughout its entirety.
Compared to week one, the Jousters made some massive strides forward, especially in the area of quarterback play. Against the Generals, both Luis Perez and Drew Anderson were inconsistent. Last night, they were much sharper against the Blues – which puts Kevin Gilbride in an interesting situation.
Kevin Gilbride’s QB Dilemma
According to last night’s broadcast, Kevin Gilbride was planning on naming a starting quarterback for week three, after seeing how Anderson and Perez performed in weeks one and two.
However, both quarterbacks put up some solid numbers last night, making this decision quite a bit more difficult.
#TSLJousters vs #TSLBlues Week 2 Stats
QB @PerezLuisQB: 14/20, 135yds/2TD/INT
QB @DrewAnderson_12: 2/6, 100yds/TD/INT, 78 rush yds
TE @DeQuanHampton: 9 rec/80yds/TD
WR @DWood_EQ: 2 rec/98yds/TD
WR @ARatWill: 3 rec/44 yds/2 TOT TD/2PT
Full box score: https://t.co/YfLw1Vms9l pic.twitter.com/d5C0bl8FBv
— The Spring League 🏈 (@TheSpringLeague) May 19, 2021
In the first half, we saw the Luis Perez show. After a shaky start, he came around, making throws with pinpoint accuracy to put the Jousters on top 13-0 at halftime.
His confidence in the pocket is underrated – multiple times he was faced with tough pressure, but found a way to complete a pass, or scramble for some yardage. His one interception of the game came off of a tipped ball, other than that he was almost flawless.
However, in the second half, Drew Anderson came in as the signal caller, and he also put up decent numbers. He found a wide open Darren Woods for a 94 yard TD (the longest in the TSL this year), and also showed what he could do with his legs. On a 3rd and 15, he ended up scrambling through multiple defenders to pick up the first.
Anderson did throw a pick six in the early goings of the 4th quarter – but outside of that, he looked solid and made the right reads.
GAME DAY ALERT: With Drew Anderson now at QB for the #TSLJousters, Denzel Rice intercepts the ball running it back 98-yards to put the #TSLBlues on the board.
Jonathan Barnes good on the extra-point attempt, they still trail 20-7.#TSL #TSL2021 #TheSpringLeague
— USFL Newsroom (@USFLNewsroom) May 19, 2021
Kevin Gilbride is now at a crossroads. If he does want to name a starting QB for week three, it may make more sense to go with Luis Perez, as the two of them also played in the XFL last year for the Guardians.
That being said, Drew Anderson does have more NFL experience than Perez, and showed some resiliency last night against the Blues. If both quarterbacks continue to play as they did in week two, there may not be a wrong choice in this scenario.
If you missed last night’s game, you can watch the full highlights here, to try and make a decision for yourself:
Jay Hayes Is In The Spring League?
In a surprising turn of events, we discovered last night that Jay Hayes is the defensive coordinator for Kevin Gilbride’s Jousters.
UMM WHAT? Jay Hayes?? In @TheSpringLeague? How did I not know about this until now?? Former #XFLBattlehawk now the DC for the #TSLJousters. That is awesome. @XFLNewsroom #TSL2021 #TheSpringLeague #ForTheLoveOfFootball pic.twitter.com/GDGxkZqcG3
— James Larsen (@JamesLarsenMI) May 19, 2021
This certainly caught a lot of viewers off guard, especially since The Spring League never announced that Jay Hayes was a part of the league. Hayes has quite the history in the NFL, coaching for multiple different teams throughout his career.
However, many spring league fans were excited to see him be a part of the TSL, as he was the DC for the St. Louis Battlehawks in 2020.
This is the video we needed on a Monday ❤️
Last night, BattleHawks coach Jonathan Hayes was presented the game ball by his big brother, Jay Hayes, after earning his first ever career win as a head coach! 👏👏
(via: @XFLBattleHawks) pic.twitter.com/PHOnOMzLHk
— XFL on FOX (@XFLonFOX) February 10, 2020
The Jousters defense was on a different level last night, as the Blues were completely shut out on offense. With Jay Hayes at the helm, their defense is certainly in good shape for the rest of the season.
De’Quan Hampton’s Big Night
One final takeaway from last night: it is fun to see De’Quan Hampton back out on the football field. The Los Angeles Wildcats legend gave us this hilarious clip last year, in the XFL’s final game:
what he said 👀 pic.twitter.com/a9Eu2mZlwK
— Los Angeles Wildcats (@XFLWildcats) March 9, 2020
He finished the day with 80 yards receiving, and was a big target for Luis Perez in the first half. We look forward to seeing plenty more of Hampton throughout the TSL’s 2021 season.
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