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Breaking down the notable names on the Tampa Bay Vipers XFL roster

Get to know the XFL’s Tampa Bay Vipers roster.

Vipers quarterback Aaron Murray poses after the introductory press conference for new Tampa Bay Vipers quarterback Aaron Murray on October 15, 2019 at SpringHill Suites in Tampa,FL. Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Tampa Bay Vipers of the new XFL will be led by Marc Trestman, who will handle roles as both head coach and general manager. Trestman is pretty well known for his experience in both the CFL and NFL. His most recent head coaching gig in the NFL was with the Bears, which didn’t end well. After an encouraging 8-8 record in 2013, the Bears went just 5-11 in 2014, and Trestman was fired. He comes to the Vipers from the Toronto Argonauts of the CFL.

Jaime Elizondo will handle the role of offensive coordinator, while Jerry Glanville will run the defense.

As for the fantasy-relevant names you may know, here are some former gridiron stars that’ll be operating in Tampa’s offense. Editor’s note: Antonio Callaway previously appeared on this list but suffered a season-ending injury in practice.

Aaron Murray, QB (Georgia, Kansas City Chiefs)

Murray’s looking to be the hometown hero for the Vipers, growing up in Tampa Bay before going on to have a historic career at Georgia. Murray actually leads the SEC all-time touchdown list, with 121 passing and 16 rushing during his four years with the Bulldogs. Murray was a fifth-round pick by the Chiefs in 2014, but didn’t do much in the NFL, bouncing around the league for five years. He had a brief stint in the AAF with the Atlanta Legends, passing for 254 yards and rushing for another 54 in his best game.

Quinton Flowers, QB/RB (USF, Cincinnati Bengals)

Flowers is another Florida product, growing up in Miami before playing QB at USF. As a senior in 2017, Flowers went for 2,911 yards and 25 touchdowns through the air, along with another 1,078 yards and 11 touchdowns as a rusher. You’ll notice the QB/RB tag on him, so it sounds like the Vipers will be leaning on him to be a multi-dimensional dynamic weapon. Flowers spent time with the Bengals and Colts the last two seasons.

Mack Brown, RB (Florida, NFL)

Tampa is really loading up with talent that has roots in the area. Brown never really got his chance to shine at Florida, but got enough recognition to get some looks in the NFL. He made five different stops between 2015-2019, but nothing stuck. Making the move to the XFL could be the change of scenery he needs for his career.

Tarvarus McFadden (Florida State, NFL)

McFadden was one of the more prominent undrafted free agents when he entered the NFL in 2018. He had earned All-American honors in 2016 and was a finalist for the Bronco Nagurski award. He took a step back in 2017 and that cost him when he entered the 2018 draft. McFadden bounced around the NFL, spending time with the 49ers, Colts, and Lions before signing with the Vipers in December.

Tampa Bay Vipers Roster

No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. College
No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. College
4 Taylor Cornelius QB 6-6 232 Oklahoma State
8 Chase Litton QB 6-5 230 Marshall
11 Aaron Murray QB 6-1 207 Georgia
9 Quinton Flowers QB/RB 5-10 211 South Florida
24 De'Veon Smith RB 5-11 225 Michigan
29 Jacques Patrick RB 6-3 235 Florida State
34 Mack Brown RB 5-11 213 Florida
13 Donteea Dye WR 5-10 195 Heidelberg
14 Stacy Coley WR 6-0 195 Miami (FL)
15 Seantavius Jones WR 6-4 209 Valdosta State
17 Jalen Tolliver WR 6-3 209 Arkansas-Monticello
18 Reece Horn WR 6-3 213 Indianapolis
19 Tanner McEvoy WR 6-6 230 Wisconsin
81 Daniel Williams WR 6-3 201 Jackson State
83 Ryan Davis WR 5-10 189 Auburn
80 DeAndre Goolsby TE 6-5 240 Florida
85 Nick Truesdell TE 6-5 249 Grand Rapids Jr. Co.
86 Colin Thompson TE 6-4 258 Temple
3 Andrew Franks K 6-1 205 Rensselaer Polytechnic
10 Jake Schum P 5-11 212 Buffalo
71 Isaiah Williams OT 6-3 306 Akron
73 Martez Ivey OT 6-5 315 Florida
78 Marquis Lucas OT 6-4 315 West Virginia
67 Jerald Foster OG 6-3 335 Nebraska
75 Andrew Tiller OG 6-5 334 Syracuse
76 Daronte Bouldin OG 6-6 331 Mississippi
50 John Yarbrough OC 6-4 300 Richmond
63 Jordan McCray OC 6-3 322 Central Florida
42 Nick Moore LS 6-3 245 Georgia
41 Terrance Plummer LB 6-1 234 Central Florida
43 Emmanuel Beal LB 6-0 223 Oklahoma
45 Lucas Wacha LB 6-1 230 Wyoming
56 Ike Spearman LB 6-0 233 Eastern Michigan
49 Nikita Whitlock DT 5-10 250 Wake Forest
92 Josh Banks DT 6-4 290 Wake Forest
97 Ricky Walker DT 6-2 295 Virginia Tech
53 Deiontrez Mount DE 6-5 253 Louisville
91 Bobby Richardson DE 6-3 286 Indiana
95 CeCe Jefferson DE 6-1 266 Florida
96 Jason Neill DE 6-3 278 Texas-San Antonio
20 Tarvarus McFadden DB 6-2 205 Florida State
22 Rannell Hall DB 6-0 200 Central Florida
23 Anthoula Kelly DB 5-10 183 Fresno State
31 Corey Moore DB 6-2 200 Georgia
28 Bryce Canady CB 6-0 193 Florida International
30 Demontre Hurst CB 5-10 183 Oklahoma
32 Jalen Collins CB 6-1 203 Louisiana State
33 Shelton Lewis CB 6-0 185 Florida Atlantic
21 Robert Priester S 5-9 181 Wyoming
27 Micah Hannemann S 6-0 190 Brigham Young
35 Marcelis Branch S 5-11 190 Robert Morris