He ran one 4.45 at the combine, yet went undrafted in 2019, ultimately joining the Seattle Seahawks for the training camp as well as spending time on the practice squad of the team. Should he shine in the offense of Stoops, he could be in for one big year. Great!
Head coach: Pep Hamilton
Home stadium: Audi Field
Odds to win the title: 7/2
Key players: Tyree Jackson (QB), Cardale Jones (QB), Matt Elam (S), Scooby Wright (LB)
Stat line in Week 1: 16/26, 2 touchdowns, 235 passing yards, 116.7 rating
The reason to remember him: He won one national championship as the Ohio State Buckeyes’ quarterback in 2016.
When being taken in the fourth round by the Bills, he struggled to find the footing in the NFL, investing time with the Seahawks and Chargers yet never getting a longer shot on one active roster.
As the beginning quarterback for the Defenders, Jones will likely have a decent amount of support from the Buckeyes fans over the country. Nice!
Tyree Jackson, QB
Stat line in Week 1: 1 attempt, 5 yards
The reason to remember him: At 6’7″, missing Tyree Jackson is tough. The Buffalo alum got undrafted in 2019 and signed with the Bills for the training camp, yet was, in the end, cut before the season’s start.
While Jackson is backing up Jones to kick off the year in the XFL, his size and arm should make him one to watch. Cannot wait!
Stat line in Week 1: N/A
The reason to remember him: He is another player who has always been just a steady job’s outside in the NFL.
He had one successive college career with Arizona that saw him named the Year’s Pac-12 Defensive Player in 2014.