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
23 Jalen Myrick CB 5'10" 201 Minnesota
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
30 Bradley Sylve CB 6'0" 172 Alabama
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
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
99 Sam Montgomery DE 6'3" 248 LSU
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