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Breaking down the notable names on the St. Louis Battlehawks XFL roster

Get to know the XFL’s St. Louis Battlehawks roster.

Green Bay Packers running back Christine Michael stiff arms New York Giants defensive end Romeo Okwara during the third quarter in the NFC Wild Card playoff football game at Lambeau Field. Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Five years removed from the Rams departure, the XFL has brought football back St. Louis. The St. Louis Battlehawks will have Jonathan Hayes as their head coach and general manager. Hayes has plenty of background in college football and the NFL, getting drafted in the second-round by the Chiefs in 1985. He lasted in the NFL until 1996 with the Steelers. Hayes’ son, Jaxon, was a lottery pick by the New Orleans Pelicans in this past NBA Draft.

While Hayes has been in coaching since 1999, this will be his first crack at a head coaching job. He was on Bob Stoops’ staff at Oklahoma when the team won the 2000 National Championship. Hayes was on the Bengals’ coaching staff from 2003-2018.

Chuck Long will be the offensive coordinator for the Battlehawks, and Jonathan’s brother, Jay Hayes, will be the defensive coordinator.

So, where might the fantasy points from the St. Louis offense come from? Here are some names you may know from previous stops that could be contributors for the Battlehawks.

Taylor Heinicke, QB (ODU, Carolina Panthers)

Heinicke had a historic career at Old Dominion, really catching the eye of the NFL during his sophomore season. Heinicke threw for over 5,000 yards with 44 touchdowns that season, and ran for another 470 yards and 11 scores. This was back in 2012, and he saw regression in each of his final two seasons in college. Heinicke bounced around the NFL for four years, and saw some time on the field with Carolina when Cam Newton was hurt. He brings a ton of upside into the XFL game.

Christine Michael, RB (Texas A&M, Seattle Seahawks)

Michael was a flash in the pan on the fantasy radar in the NFL, starting some games during his time in Seattle. Michael is a super athletic RB, which should earn him snaps in the XFL. The talent has been obvious for a while, as Michael was a second-round pick back in 2013. Michael was averaging 4.3 yards per carry and scored eight touchdowns in the NFL as recently as 2016, so there could still be some gas left in the tank.

Matt Jones, RB (Florida, Washington)

Jones was a third-round pick by Washington in the 2015 draft, and the ‘Skins relied upon him heavily. But after playing in 13 games as a rookie, Jones would play just 12 more games total over the next two years, falling out of the league. Jone did average 14 yards per catch during his stint in the NFL, so he could make for a good receiving weapon out of the backfield in the XFL. Look for he and Mitchel to make for a nice one-two punch.

Marquette King, P (Oakland Raiders)

Yes, featuring a punter here does mean that St. Louis doesn’t have all that many big names from the NFL. But King was one I was surprised to see here. He was recently one of the best punters in the NFL, but was more known for his celebrations that his skills. King kicked with the Raiders for six seasons before ending his career in Denver. He could still be a legitimate difference maker on special teams.

St. Louis Battlehawks Roster

No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. College
No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. College
4 Fitzgerald, Nick QB 6'5 227 Mississippi State
6 Heinicke, Taylor QB 6'1 205 Old Dominion
10 Ta'Amu, Jordan QB 6'2 221 Mississippi
20 Tillery, Lenard RB 5'9 201 Southern University
24 Jones, Matt RB 6'2 227 Florida
33 Michael, Christine RB 5'10 220 Texas A&M
36 Ford, Keith RB 5'10 219 Texas A&M
2 Washington, L'Damian WR 6'4 216 Missouri
14 Agudosi, Carlton WR 6'6 220 Rutgers
15 Pierson-El, De'Mornay WR 5'9 194 Nebraska
17 Mumphery, Keith WR 6'0 210 Michigan State
84 Russell, Alonzo WR 6'4 218 Toledo
85 Lucas, Marcus WR 6'5 220 Missouri
87 Reilly, Brandon WR 6'1 202 Nebraska
82 Hunt, Cole TE 6'6 254 Texas Christian
83 Saxton, Wes TE 6'4 240 South Alabama
5 Russolino, Taylor K 6'0 170 Millsaps
7 King, Marquette P 6'0 192 Fort Valley State
61 Reagan, Bruno OT 6'3 322 Vanderbilt
69 McDonald, Andrew OT 6'5 316 Indiana
73 McCants, Matt OT 6'5 309 Alabama-Birmingham
76 Perkins, Kent OT 6'5 311 Texas
75 Wallace, Brian OL 6'5 326 Arkansas
64 Miller, Michael OG 6'4 298 Washburn
66 Allen, Dejon OG 6'3 290 Hawaii
67 Folkerts, Brian OG 6'4 310 Washburn
72 Campos, Jake OG 6'7 320 Iowa State
48 Carew, Tanner LS 6'1 245 Oregon
56 Hoskins, Ro'Derrick LB 6'2 230 Florida State
57 Garvin, Terence LB 6'3 242 West Virginia
58 Beauharnais, Steve LB 6'0 240 Rutgers
0 Payne, Jake DT 6'4 300 Shenandoah
90 Sayles, Casey DT 6'3 289 Ohio
94 Soulek, Kellen DT 6'4 310 South Dakota State
95 Ward, Channing DT 6'4 260 Mississippi
96 Lambert, Davonte DT 6'1 279 Auburn
54 Hendrix, Dewayne DL 6'4 269 Pittsburgh
98 Clarke, Will DL 6'6 271 West Virginia
42 Jones, Shaq DE 6'2 248 Alabama-Birmingham
53 President, Gimel DE 6'4 275 Illinois
55 Ankrah, Andrew DE 6'3 216 James Madison
21 Jones-Quartey, Harold DB 5'11" 215 Findlay
41 Hillary, Darius DB 5'10 183 Wisconsin
22 White, Ryan CB 5'11" 196 Auburn
28 Nelson, Robert CB 5'10 174 Arizona State
29 Rivers, David CB 6'0 185 Youngstown State
31 Caldwell, Trey CB 5'8 188 Louisiana-Monroe
35 Wade, D'Montre CB 6'0 200 Murray State
23 Robinson, Kenny S 6'2 198 West Virginia
25 Hill, Will S 6'1 202 Florida
26 McCoil, Dexter S 6'4 224 Tulsa
44 Powell, Joe S 6'2 235 Globe Tech