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10 Former D3 Football Players Drafted to the XFL


Sam Viebrock

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STAMFORD, Ct. – The XFL, founded in 2001 for one season, has been rebooted and each of the eight clubs selected players through 70 plus rounds in the 2020 Draft. In this, there were 10 former Division III student-athletes selected to 6 of the 8 teams in the league. The DC Defenders and the Houston Roughnecks lead the way drafting three former Division III student-athletes while the Tampa Bay Vipers, St. Louis BattleHawks, Seattle Dragons, and the Los Angeles Wildcats have one former Division III student-athlete.  While the New York Guardians and the Dallas Renegades did not pick up any Division III student-athletes.  The University of Mary Hardin- Baylor has two former players in the league, while eight other institutions have one.  


Below is a breakdown of each team with a Division III student-athlete:

DC Defenders:

CB: Reggie Cole – University of Mary Hardin- Baylor

DE: Brian Khoury—Carnegie Mellon University

TE: Dimitrios Tsesmetzis – Western Connecticut State University

Houston Roughnecks:

WR: Deontez Alexander—Franklin College

WR: Blake Jackson – University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

CB: David Simmons – North Park University

Tampa Bay Vipers:

K: Andrew Franks – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

St. Louis BattleHawks

DT: Jake Payne – Shenandoah University

Seattle Dragons:

QB: Joe Callahan – Wesley (De.) College

Los Angeles Wildcats:

WR: Donteea Dye – Heidelberg


The XFL was developed first in 2001, which was live for one-season before it's upcoming relaunch in 2020.  World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) chairman and Alpha Entertainment founder Vince McMahon founded the XFL on the basis of a more competitive style of professional football.  The season is a ten-week regular season with a two-week playoff schedule.  

The start of the 2020 XFL season starts after the National Football League’s Super Bowl LIV on Saturday, February 8 and continued to Sunday, February 9.  


The first slate of games are as follows:


Saturday, February 8

Seattle at DC: 2 p.m. EST on ABC

LA at Houston: 5 p.m. EST on FOX

Sunday, February 9

Tampa Bay at NY: 2 p.m. EST on ABC

St. Louis at Dallas: 5 p.m. EST on ESPN

*Check out XFL.com for more info*


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