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USFL star Maurice Alexander Jr recalls punt return TD and talks championship game


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Philadelphia Stars punt returner Maurice Alexander Jr. scored the late-game touchdown against the New Jersey Generals last week and helped the team qualify for the USFL Championship.

Alexander took an 88-yard punt to put the Stars back on top. Later, Stars cornerback Amani Dennis then knocked out New Jersey quarterback Luis Perez in the Generals’ final run to seal the win.

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Maurice Alexander Jr. #13 of the Philadelphia Stars runs out of bounds under pressure from Terrell Bonds #2 of the Pittsburgh Maulers in the third quarter of the game at Protective Stadium on June 12, 2022 in Birmingham, Alabama.
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Alexander told Fox News Digital that it meant a lot to him to have the eventual winner of the game.

“I earn the respect and trust of my players and my coaches to be able to know that they can put the ball in my hands at any time and I can make a play for them and for them to be confident and know that the game is never over as long as I’m on the pitch and trusting myself to do what I have to do,” he said.

“All 10 guys on this game, we had great blocks. We had key non-blocks because if they had blocked they would have been called up. Some guys held on and were smart about it. ( Special teams coach Martin Bayless) had a big plan laid out and we executed it. It wasn’t just me. A lot of people played a big role.

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The wide receiver has 20 catches for 234 yards and two touchdowns this season. He also added 164 punt return yards, earning him an All-USFL selection.

USFL star Maurice Alexander Jr recalls punt return TD and talks championship game

Philadelphia Stars wide receiver Maurice Alexander Jr. (13) returns an 88-yard punt for the game-winning touchdown during the USFL playoff game against the New Jersey Generals on June 25, 2022 at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio.
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He said earning the All-USFL distinction was a great achievement.

“It’s all (from) my teammates and coaches who believe in me and have trusted me throughout the season. Keep running hard, keep trusting him even sometimes it wasn’t there, I I probably took a few hits. But I kept cutting and then it paid off,” Alexander said.

The Stars will now have to face the best team in the USFL, the Birmingham Stallions, for the title.

Alexander is taking his vast big game experience with him into the title match.

“For me, I just try to take it one day at a time. Control what I can control in training, have a good week. I’ve been playing big games since I was a kid,” he said. he told Fox News Digital. “Coming from the Pop Warner National Championship to playing at Disney’s Wide World of Sports, three straight years in high school winning the state championship, being #2 in the nation playing in the big games. I’m used to playing in big games. I’m not going to let it overwhelm me.”

USFL star Maurice Alexander Jr recalls punt return TD and talks championship game

Maurice Alexander Jr. #13 of the Philadelphia Stars returns a punt for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of the New Jersey Generals game at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium on June 25, 2022 in Canton, Ohio.
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The Stars and Stallions play for the title Sunday at 7:30 p.m. ET on FOX.

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