2009 UFL season in review: California Redwoods

What can we say about the second worst team in a brand new football league? Through the final weeks of the UFL season they were the most improved UFL team, and although they could only beat the hapless New York Sentinels in back to back weeks they gave the Florida Tuskers and the Las Vegas Locos all they could handle. It seems heir biggest problem was closing games out; this is a team that could play well for a half but never deliver the knock out blow to their opponents.

At the beginning of the year many though the Red woods, with QB’s Shane Boyd and Mike McMahon many thought they have the most experienced QB’s on the entire league. However, as the season unfolded the inconsistent play of both of these men really helped to sink this team. Together they threw 4 TD passes, but also had 9 interceptions.

Without a doubt the best player on this team was Running Back Cory Ross. Ross carried the ball 117 times gaining 462 yards and scoring four touchdowns. He also caught 15 passes for 149 yards and another touchdown. Ross is the MVP of the Redwoods hands down, and if they coaching staff can figure out how to use a weapon like this in year two the Redwoods will be one of the teams to beat in the UFL.

It seems kind of sad that this was the worst drawing team of the inaugural UFL season. For their three home games just 17,500 fans made the trip twice to the San Francisco Giants home AT&T Park, and once to the football stadium at San Jose St. For the second UFL season the team will play all of its games in San Jose, and they will look to draw enough fans to make the club financially viable.

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