EASTERN CONFERENCE/Atlantic Division
NEW JERSEY GENERALS
OWNER: Donald Trump
COACH: Walt Michaels
KEY PLAYERS: QB Brian Sipe, RB Herschel Walker, DB Gary Barbaro
STADIUM: Giants Stadium (76,891)
SEASON-TICKET SALES AS OF 2/17: 32,000
1983 RECORD AND AVG. HOME ATTENDANCE: 6-12; 33,822
OUTLOOK: The addition of Sipe ($3.2 million for four years) will open up the running game even more for Walker, the USFL's leading rusher (1,812 yards). Sipe's main target will be Danny Knight, top territorial pick from Mississippi State. A rebuilt defense features ex-NFL newcomers Barbaro ( Chiefs), cornerback Kerry Justin and safety Greggory Johnson (Seahawks), linebackers Willie Harper, Bobby Leopold ( 49ers) and Jim LeClair ( Bengals) and rookie end Freddie Gilbert.
OWNER: Myles H. Tanenbaum
COACH: Jim Mora
KEY PLAYERS: QB Chuck Fusina, RB Kelvin Bryant, OT Irv Eatman
STADIUM: Veterans Stadium (72,204)
SEASON-TICKET SALES AS OF 2/17: 13,500
1983 RECORD AND AVG. HOME ATTENDANCE: 15-3 (division winner); 18,794
OUTLOOK: Fusina has five able receivers, including Bryant (1,442 yards, 16 TDs rushing; 53 catches, 410 yards, 1 TD receiving). The defense, which gave up the fewest points in the USFL (204), has beefed up, adding ex-49er nose tackle Pete Kugler and rookie end William Fuller. The Stars have the league's best kicking game, with punter Sean Landeta (41.9-yard avg.) and kicker David Trout, the league's leading scorer with 121 points.
OWNER: Edward DeBartolo Sr.
COACH: Joe Pendry
KEY PLAYERS: QB Glenn Carano, RB Mike Rozier, DB Jerry Holmes
STADIUM: Three Rivers Stadium (59,000)
SEASON-TICKET SALES AS OF 2/17: 15,000
OUTLOOK: "This team is like the French Foreign Legion; nobody wants us," says Pendry, offensive coordinator of the Stars last season. Except for The $3 Million Rookie, Rozier, the Maulers are a team of unknowns, never-weres and has-beens. On offense, Carano finally gets his chance after seven years with Dallas, during which he threw just 56 passes, completing less than 40% of them. His main receiver is Ricky Martin, who has been cut by an NFL team and a CFL team. Look for Rozier to carry the offense.
OWNER: Berl Bernhard
COACH: Ray Jauch
KEY PLAYERS: QB Reggie Collier, RB Craig James
STADIUM: RFK Stadium (55,045)
SEASON-TICKET SALES AS OF 2/17: 10,000
1983 RECORD AND AVG. HOME ATTENDANCE: 4-14; 13,850
OUTLOOK: Collier, obtained in a trade with Birmingham, had a disappointing rookie season—he passed for only 604 yards and 1 TD and missed nine games with a knee injury—and has much to prove. So does James (823 yards on 202 carries), who spent most of '83 hampered by a back injury. The defense, No. 2 in points allowed (442), was hurt by the loss of veteran linemen Coy Bacon and Ron Estay in the expansion draft. The Feds' bright spot is Eric Robinson, the USFL's best kick returner (29.0-yard avg.).
EASTERN CONFERENCE/Southern Division
OWNER: Marvin L. Warner
COACH: Rollie Dotsch
KEY PLAYERS: QB Cliff Stoudt, WR Jim Smith
STADIUM: Legion Field (75,412)
SEASON-TICKET SALES AS OF 2/17: 17,756
1983 RECORD AND AVG. HOME ATTENDANCE: 9-9; 22,046
OUTLOOK: After six seasons as the backup, Stoudt finally started for the Pittsburgh Steelers in '83. He finished a dismal 28th among the 31 NFL quarterbacks. His top receivers are another ex-Steeler, Smith, who led the Stallions with 51 catches for 756 yards in '83, and 5'8", 163-pound Joey Jones, a rookie out of Alabama.
TAMPA BAY BANDITS
OWNERS: John Bassett, Burt Reynolds, Steve Arky
COACH: Steve Spurrier
KEY PLAYERS: QBs John Reaves and Wayne Peace, RB Gary Anderson, WR Eric Truvillion
STADIUM: Tampa Stadium (72,128)
SEASON-TICKET SALES AS OF 2/17: 32,136
1983 RECORD AND AVG. HOME ATTENDANCE: 11-7; 39,896
OUTLOOK: Anderson, equally adept at running and pass catching, is the big gun in the "Bandit Ball" offense. Truvillion was All- USFL with 66 catches for 1,080 yards and 15 TDs. Mike Butler. ex-Packer end, will spur the defense.
NEW ORLEANS BREAKERS
OWNER: Joseph Canizaro
COACH: Dick Coury
KEY PLAYERS: QB Johnnie Walton, LB Marcus Marek
STADIUM: Superdome (72,675)
SEASON-TICKET SALES AS OF 2/17: 10,600
1983 RECORD AND AVG. HOME ATTENDANCE (as the Boston Breakers): 11-7; 12,735
OUTLOOK: Coury did a lot in '83 with very little, but now he has No. 1 draft pick Buford Jordan, a 219-pound running back from McNeese State, and second-rounder Mark Schellen, the Nebraska fullback who blocked for Rozier.
OWNER: William B. Dunavant Jr.
COACH: Pepper Rodgers
KEY PLAYERS: QB Walter Lewis, DE Reggie White
STADIUM: Liberty Bowl (50,180)
SEASON-TICKET SALES AS OF 2/17: 17,880
OUTLOOK: The Showboats are out to make pro football the king in Memphis. When Lewis, a former Alabama star, and White, an All-America at Tennessee, signed their multimillion dollar contracts, the team threw parties—complete with the mayor, Congressmen, Senators, cheerleaders, 20-foot banners, marching bands and prancing ducks.