Feb. 20th update: Week 1 of the XFL went better than most expected, as those who tuned in got some pretty exciting games, with two come from behind wins on Sunday. As it is with spring football, quarterback play is up and down, which means we are going to see QB changes. In Week 1 the Guardians QB Paxton Lynch was say for Quinten Dormady. Neither made a good enough impression to lock in a start in Week 2 though.
Luis Perez started off great for the Vipers, but fell apart in the second half. We should see Brett Hundley, if he is ready, starting in Week 2.
D.C. Defenders QB Jordan Ta’amu lost some playing time and carries to Deriq King. It looks like Ta’amu will continue to start, but King is likely to hurt his production on the ground.
You will recognize some quarterbacks when you tune into the 2023 XFL season. Many were stars in college and a few even played a bit in the NFL. Here is a look at each QB on an XFL roster for the upcoming season.
Bold represents the Week 1 starters.
Arlington Renegades: Kevin Anderson, Drew Plitt, and Kyle Sloter.
D.C. Defenders: Eric Dungey, D’Eriq King, and Jordan Ta’amu.
Houston Roughnecks: Kaleb Eleby, Cole McDonald, and Brandon Silvers.
Orlando Guardians: Deondre Francois, Paxton Lynch, and Quinten Dormady.
San Antonio Brahmas: Jack Coan, Jawon Pass, and Reid Sinnett.
Seattle Sea Dragons: Ben DiNucci, Harrison Frost, and Steven Montez.
St. Louis BattleHawks: A.J. McCarron and Nick Tiano.
Vegas Vipers: Jalan McClendon, Luis Perez, and Brett Hundley.
McCarron is the headliner among this group, having played eight seasons including a playoff start for the Cincinnati Bengals with his Alabama Crimson Tide BCS title. In addition to McCarron, Lynch, DiNucci, and Hundley have all thrown an NFL pass.
There are also several former college standouts among this bunch. King was a star for Houston before transferring to Miami, Francois led Florida State to an Orange Bowl victory over Michigan in 2016, Coan started for both Wisconsin and Notre Dame, and Montez put up huge numbers at Colorado. Returning XFL fans may also remember that Ta’amu was among the league’s best players as St. Louis Battlehawks QB in 2020.