XFL Launches Saturday – Week 1 Schedule, in-state ties

The new version of the XFL kicks off this weekend with the first games in the league since folding in 2001. Although Birmingham doesn’t have a team representing in the league, there are 8 teams in major cities that will compete for the new XFL crown.

Despite no local team, plenty of players with local ties will be on the field this weekend for the first week of the season.

The schedule this weekend includes:

Seattle Dragons at DC Defenders – Saturday, February 8 @ 1 PM (ABC)

LA Wildcats at Houston Roughnecks – Saturday, February 8 @ 4 pm (FOX)

Tampa Bay Vipers at New York Guardians – Sunday, February 9 @ 1 pm (FOX)

St. Louis BattleHawks at Dallas Renegades – Sunday, February 9 @ 4 pm (ESPN)

See the full schedule here.

Players with local ties include:

Dallas Renegades

RB Cameron Artis-Payne (Auburn)
OT Darius James (Auburn)
K Austin MacGinnis (Prattville)
LB Jonathan Massaquoi (Troy)

D.C. Defenders

G Rishard Cook (UAB)
WR Richard Mullaney (Alabama)
CB Bradley Sylve (Alabama)

Houston Roughnecks

LB Beniquez Brown (Florence)
WR Sammie Coates (Leroy, Auburn)
S Trae Elston (Oxford)
CB Saivion Smith (Alabama)
DT Gabe Wright (Auburn)

Los Angeles Wildcats

TE Brandon Barnes (Russell County, Alabama State)
S Mar’Sean Diggs (UAB)
RB DuJuan Harris (Troy)
DT Roderick Henderson (Carver-Montgomery, Alabama State)
S Darnell Hill (Tuskegee)
DT Trevon Sanders (Troy)
LB Tre Williams (St. Paul’s, Auburn)

New York Guardians

DT T.J. Barnes (Enterprise)
WR Octayvius Miles (Alabama A&M)

Seattle Dragons

OT Quinterrius Eatmon (Vigor)
QB Brandon Silvers (Gulf Shores, Troy)

St. Louis Battlehawks

DE Jamell Garcia-Williams (UAB)
DE Shaq Jones (Lanett, UAB)
G Korren Kirven (Alabama)
DT Davonte Lambert (Auburn)
OT Matt McCants (Williamson, UAB)
CB Trovon Reed (Auburn)
CB Marquez White (Northview)
CB Ryan White (Auburn)
G Avery Young (Auburn)

Tampa Bay Vipers

WR Ryan Davis (Auburn)
WR KJ Maye (Murphy)
S Robenson Therezie (Auburn)
G John Yarbrough (Homewood)

Who should you cheer for? Our own Cole Cubelic has you covered!