Who is your favorite XFL team?
There are eight teams to choose from in the XFL’s reanimated 2020 season, which begins Feb. 8 with a doubleheader on ABC and Fox.
The XFL is focused on big markets, and there are some familiar coaches and players on the eight teams. If you can’t pick based on that, then just choose the best logo.
XFL teams, cities, logos 2020
Coach/GM: Bob Stoops
Stadium: Globe Life Park (Arlington, Texas)
Reasons to watch: Stoops hired Hal Mumme, one of the founders of the “Air Raid,” and former Sooners quarterback Landry Jones is on board. Syracuse’s Eric Dungey also will compete for playing time at quarterback. Auburn running back Cameron Artis-Payne also found a home with the Renegades. Former Maryland linebacker Tre Watson is among the big names on defense.
Remember him? Linebacker Tegray Scales had 324 tackles, 17 sacks and eight interceptions at Indiana from 2014-17.
President: Brian Michael Cooper
Coach/GM: June Jones
Stadium: TDECU Stadium (Houston, Texas)
Reasons to watch: Jones’ teams always toss the football around, and that dates backs to his days as receivers coach for the Houston Gamblers in the USFL in 1984. Connor Cook led Michigan State to the College Football Playoff in 2015 and has started in a NFL playoff game. Sammie Coates and Cam Walker were standout receivers at Auburn and Virginia Tech. Missouri’s Kony Ealy and Alabama’s Saivion Smith are names SEC fans might remember.
Remember him? Andre Williams rushed for 2,177 yards and 18 TDs at Boston College in 2013 and was a unanimous All-American.
Los Angeles Wildcats
President: Heather Brooks Karatz
Coach/GM: Winston Moss
Stadium: Dignity Health Sports Park (Carson, Cailf.)
Reasons to watch: Football in L.A., right? Moss is a former Raiders’ linebacker, and the XFL needs this market to be a hit. San Diego quarterback Josh Johnson and Princeton quarterback Chad Kanoff are unknowns. Former North Carolina running back Elijah Hood was a prized high-school recruit who never took off in the NFL. Auburn’s Tre Williams and Michigan State’s Taiwan Jones.
Remember him? Nelson Spruce had back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons at Colorado and finished with 294 catches and 3,394 yards in college. He never caught on in the NFL despite bouncing around on four different practice squads.
New York Guardians
President: Janet Such
Coach/GM: Kevin Gilbride
Stadium: MetLife Stadium (East Rutherford, N.J.)
Reasons to watch: Gilbride gets to work with Matt McGloin, a former Penn State quarterback who played four seasons with the Raiders. Luis Perez played well at quarterback in the AAF last year. LSU cornerback Terrance Alexander and Michigan State’s Demetrious Cox help make up what should be a strong secondary.
Remember him? Jarron Jones was a highly-touted defensive lineman at Notre Dame who dealt with injuries in his final two seasons, including a torn MCL in 2017. He is back on the line with the Guardians.
St. Louis BattleHawks
Coach/GM: Jonathan Hayes
Stadium: The Dome at America’s Center (St. Louis, Mo.)
Reasons to watch: Hayes gets quarterback Taylor Heinicke, who made one start for the Panthers in 2018. Chances are Christine Michael was on your fantasy team at some point through various NFL stops from 2013-18. Terrance Williams, who played six seasons with the Cowboys and was a hit-or-miss deep threat, is trying to revive his career. Former Tulsa safety Dexter McCoil spent two seasons in the NFL.
Remember him? Marquette King, the punter who was known for his celebrations and Twitter account with the Oakland Raiders, is back in football.
President: Ryan Gutafson
Coach/GM: Jim Zorn
Stadium: CenturyLink Field (Seattle, Wash.)
Reasons to watch: Zorn, a former Seahawks quarterback, is back in the head coaching position and should be a fan favorite. Running backs Kenneth Farrow and Trey Williams played well in the AAF, and it’s always fun to watch former Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds – now at receiver. Arizona State’s Will Sutton had 23.5 tackles for loss for the Sun Devils in 2013 but never caught on in the NFL. Godwin Igwebuike comes from the football factory in Pickerington, Ohio.
Remember him? Michigan fans might remember Will Campbell, a five-star recruit during the Rich Rodriguez era who played offensive and defensive line. He is a guard for the Dragons.
Tampa Bay Vipers
Coach/GM: Marc Trestman
Stadium: Raymond James Stadium (Tampa, Fla.)
Reasons to watch: Trestman was an excellent coach in the CFL, but his scheme did not take off with the Chicago Bears. He will work with Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray, who is coming out of the radio booth to play again. South Florida quarterback Quinton Flowers, who also plays running back, is on board. Antonio Callaway – who was cut by the Browns this season – will get another shot in this league. Tavarus McFadden was a star corner back at Florida State.
Remember him? CeCe Jefferson was a four-year starter at Florida, and he finished his career with 10.5 sacks and 34.5 tackles for loss.
President: Erik Moses
Coach/GM: Pep Hamilton
Stadium: Audi Field (Washington, D.C.)
Reasons to watch: Cardale Jones is an easily-recognizable name. He led Ohio State to the first College Football Playoff championship in 2014 and will be able to dial up the deep ball in Hamilton’s offense. San Diego State’s Donnel Pumphrey had 6,405 rushing yards in college. Malachi Dupree was a five-star talent at LSU. Former Butkus Award winner Scooby Wright and Ohio State cornerback Doran Grant should be playmakers on the defense.
Remember him? Matt Elam was a hard-hitting safety at Florida from 2010-12 who spent four seasons with the Baltimore Ravens. He will be in the Defenders’ secondary.
Author: Bill Bender