10 Former D3 Football Players Drafted to the XFL
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:
CB: Reggie Cole – University of Mary Hardin- Baylor
DE: Brian Khoury—Carnegie Mellon University
TE: Dimitrios Tsesmetzis – Western Connecticut State University
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
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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