DC Defenders Roster (XFL Football)

The Defenders have plenty of star power at both quarterback and running back

Since the NFL's Washington Redskins continue to struggle, relief for fans in the Beltway could be on the way next week. That's when the XFL's DC Defenders take the field and begin a new chapter of pro football in our nation's capitol. Coaching this team will be noted quarterback guru and play-caller Pep Hamilton, who has 20-plus years of experience on the sidelines at both the pro and collegiate levels. And with offense being Hamilton's specialty, he must be very happy with the talent he has at both quarterback and running back.

 

The Defenders acquired Cardale Jones in the XFL's initial quarterback assignments. Jones is best remembered for winning the 2015 College Football Playoff National Championship at Ohio State after starting the season as the Buckeyes’ third-string signal-caller. Jones was unable to catch a break in the NFL, and now he looks to break out in the XFL. In the league's Octoberdraft, the Defenders also selected Tyree Jackson, who gathered 6,999 passing yards, 757 rushing yards, and 65 touchdowns at the University of Buffalo from 2015 to '18.

 

The Defenders also have an impressive cast lined up behind their stud quarterbacks. Donnel Pumphrey (San Diego State), Jhurell Pressley (New Mexico), and Khalid Abdullah (James Madison) combined for 12,808 rushing yards with 138 touchdowns during their college days. Like Jones and Jackson, these athletes were also denied by the NFL to some degree. It wouldn't be surprising if the Defenders are among the top offensive teams in the XFL this season.

 

Note: Roster subject to change.

 

No.

Name

 

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

College

1

DeAndre

Thompkins

WR

5'11"

187

Penn State

2

Ty

Rausa

K

5'9"

189

Boise State

3

Tyree

Jackson

QB

6'7"

250

Buffalo

4

Eli

Rogers

WR

5'11"

176

Louisville

7

Hunter

Niswander

P

6'5"

230

Northwestern

9

Jalen

Rowell

WR

6'4"

210

Air Force

10

Simmie

Cobbs

WR

6'3"

220

Indiana

12

Cardale

Jones

QB

6'5"

264

Ohio State

15

Rashad

Ross

WR

6'0"

180

Arizona State

16

Tyler

Palka

WR

6'0"

197

Gannon

19

Malachi

Dupre

WR

6'4"

195

LSU

20

Carlos

Merritt

S

6'0"

190

Campbell

21

Doran

Grant

CB

5'10"

195

Ohio State

22

Matt

Elam

S

5'10"

205

Florida

24

Donnel

Pumphrey

RB

5'8"

178

San Diego State

25

Desmond

Lawrence

CB

5'11"

187

North Carolina

26

Jhurell

Pressley

RB

5'10"

209

New Mexico

28

Elijah

Campbell

CB

5'11"

192

Northern Iowa

29

Tyree

Kinnel

S

5'11"

210

Michigan

31

Nick

Brossette

RB

5'11"

210

LSU

32

Khalid

Abdullah

RB

5'9"

226

James Madison

38

Shamarko

Thomas

S

5'9"

205

Syracuse

42

Brian

Khoury

DE

6'3"

238

Carnegie Mellon

45

Rahim

Moore

S

6’1"

196

UCLA

51

Dorian

Johnson

OG

6'5"

291

Pittsburgh

52

Jonathan

Celestin

LB

6'0"

227

Minnesota

53

Jameer

Thurman

LB

6'0"

223

Indiana State

54

Jonathan

Massaquoi

LB

6'2"

265

Troy

55

Antwione

Williams

LB

6'3"

245

Georgia Southern

56

KeShun

Freeman

DE

6'2"

259

Georgia Tech

58

Scooby

Wright

LB

6'0"

228

Arizona

59

A.J.

Tarpley

LB

6'2"

225

Stanford

64

Jon

Toth

OC

6'5"

298

Kentucky

69

Cole

Boozer

OT

6'5"

306

Temple

72

Logan

Tuley-Tillman

OT

6'6"

308

UTEP

74

Rishard

Cook

OG

6'3"

364

UAB

75

Chris

Brown

OG

6'4"

315

USC

77

James

O'Hagan

OC

6'2"

299

Buffalo

78

Malcolm

Bunche

OT

6'6"

326

UCLA

79

De'Ondre

Wesley

OT

6'6"

320

BYU

80

Donnie

Ernsberger

TE

6'3"

241

Western Michigan

85

Derrick

Hayward

TE

6'5"

260

Maryland

86

Khari

Lee

TE

6'4"

255

Bowie State

90

Siupeli

Anau

DT

6'2"

286

Northern Arizona

91

Tavaris

Barnes

DE

6'4"

267

Clemson

92

Elijah

Qualls

DT

6'1"

337

Washington

93

Tracy

Sprinkle

DT

6'2"

287

Ohio State

94

Kalani

Vakameilalo

DT

6'3"

322

Oregon State

95

Kenny

Bigelow

DT

6'3"

308

West Virginia

96

Jay

Bromley

DT

6'3"

297

Syracuse

97

Anthony

Johnson

DE

6’3”

275

LSU

99

Sam

Montgomery

DE

6'3"

248

LSU

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