The Showboats territorial schools for 1984 were Memphis State, Middle Tennessee State, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Tennessee State.
The Showboats acquired the rights to DE Reggie White by means of the territorial draft based on his playing college ball at the University of Tennessee.
Seen as a top NFL prospect, White's signing by the 'Boats sent a message to the USFL's other teams that Memphis would be competitive - and a message to the NFL that no player, on offense or defense, couldn't be signed by a USFL team.

Player, Position College/University
Steve Bearden, DE Vanderbil
Chuck Coleman, RB Tennessee
Leonard Coleman, DB Vanderbilt
Debrick Crawford, WR Memphis State
Clyde Duncan, WR Tennessee
Leonard Floyd, WR Tennessee State
Mike Furnas, G Tennessee
Smokey Jordan, WR Memphis State
Steve Knight, T Tennessee
John Matthews, T Tennessee
Greg Montgomery, DT Memphis State
Randall Morris, RB Tennesse
Percy Nabors, DB Memphis State
Darrell Nelson, TE Memphis State
Robert O'Connor, LB Vanderbilt
Russell Phillips, T Tennessee State
Phil Roach, WR Vanderbilt
Ken Sample, G Vanderbilt
David Scandrett, LB Tennessee
Curt Singer, T Tennessee
Glynn Streno, C Tennessee
Mark Studaway, DE Tennessee
Golden Tate  Tennessee State
Lenny Taylor, WR Tennessee
William Thomas, DB Vanderbilt
Willie Twyford, DT Vanderbilt
Stan Weaver, P Memphis State
Reggie White, DE Tennessee
Johnny Williams, DT Tennessee
Cedrick Wright, DE Memphis State
John Bond, QB Mississippi

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