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The Spring League: Sea Lions 2021 Spring Roster Breakdown

The Spring League continued to release the full rosters for their teams on Wednesday, beginning with the newly added Sea Lions. Their week 1 matchup will be versus the Blues in Houston, Texas, at Rice Stadium on Friday, May 7, at 9:30 pm ET/6:30 pm PT and will be shown on FS1.

Head Coach: Larry Kirksey

Some XFL fans may recognize Larry Kirksey from his time as the wide receivers coach for the Seattle Dragons, but aside from his time in the XFL, he’s held various coaching positions throughout the football world. Before his time with the Dragons, Kirksey held coaching positions on NFL teams, including wide receiver coach for the Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Detroit Lions, and even won a Superbowl with the San Francisco 49ers. He’s also spent time as an assistant head coach at Texas A&M, and was a running back coach at Alabama, Pitt, and Florida. Kirksey’s only other head coaching opportunity was a short stint with Kentucky State in 1983, where he went 2-7-2 before taking the job with the Gators.

Quarterbacks

Nick Fitzgerald – (Mississippi State) – 6’5″/227lbs

Fitzgerald should come as another familiar face to XFL fans, having played on the St. Louis Battlehawks. Although he never saw playing time as the starting quarterback due to Jordan Ta’amu starting all 5 games, he did run the ball 2 times for 10 yards. He became more well known to fans during the BudLight Setlzer celebrations with now Washington Football Team quarterback Taylor Heinicke.

Aside from Fitzgerald’s time as a Battlehawk, he is one of the most decorated players in Mississippi State history, earning the 2018 SEC Offensive Player of the Week (vs. Auburn, vs. Texas A&M), 2018 Davey O’Brien Great 8 QB List (vs. Auburn), 2018 Team Captain, 2018 SEC Academic Honor Roll, 2017 Maxwell Award Semifinalist, 2017 Davey O’Brien Award Semifinalist, 2017 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award Finalist, 2017 Maxwell Award National Player of the Week (vs. LSU), 2017 Davey O’Brien Award QB of the Week (vs. LSU), 2017 Manning Award Star of the Week (vs. LSU), 2017 SEC Offensive Player of the Week (vs. LSU, at Texas A&M), 2017 SEC Academic Honor Roll, 2016 St. Petersburg Bowl MVP, 2016 Third-Team All-SEC (Phil Steele), 2016 SEC Offensive Player of the Week (vs. Texas A&M, at Ole Miss), 2016 Davey O’Brien Great 8 QB List (vs. Texas A&M, at Ole Miss), 2016 Manning Award Star of the Week (vs. Texas A&M, at Ole Miss), 2016 SEC Academic Honor Roll, and 2015 SEC Academic Honor Roll.

He made a name for himself as a dual-threat player and took over, for now, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott. Fitzgerald would be a 3-year starter and ended his college career with 511 completions for 6207 yards, 55 touchdowns, and 30 interceptions through the air while rushing 601 times for 3,607 yards and 46 touchdowns.

He would sign as an undrafted free agent to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers following the 2019 NFL Draft and spent most of his time on the practice squad before getting released only a few months later in October.

DeAndre Johnson – (Texas Southern) – 6’2”/205lbs

Johnson was originally intended to replace Jameis Winston as Florida States quarterback of the future, but an off-field incident ended with his dismissal from the team prior to his freshman season. In 2016, he would play JUCO level football at East Mississippi Community College, which during his time there happened to be featured on the Netflix series “Last Chance U.” He finished the season with a 60.6 percent completion percentage, tallying 2,645 yards, and 26 scores in 11 games played. EMCC won the MACJC Championship along with the Mississippi State Bowl State Championship. His play, along with the show’s spotlight, allowed him to transfer to Florida Atlantic.

He would spend his first season with Florida Atlantic redshirted, later deciding during his Junior season he wanted to transfer again after not finding much success with the new program. Johnson would spend his final season in 2019 with the Texas Southern Tigers, where he would pass for 2,093 yards, 12 touchdowns, and 7 interceptions with a 60% completion percentage. He would also rush the ball 110 times for 180 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Running Backs

Matt Jones – (Florida) – 6’2”/227lbs

Matt Jones is a name that should be familiar to more than just XFL fans. Jones played well in his time as a Florida Gator, rushing for 1,431 yards and 11 touchdowns and caught 19 receptions for 100 yards and 1 touchdown all in 28 games. He would enter the NFL draft following his junior season and would be selected with the 95th overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft by the Washington Football Team (Then Washington Redskins), signing a 4 year deal with the team. Jones began the 2015 season as the solidified starting back, but following a knee injury in late 2016, he would lose his playing time to rookie Robert Kelly and Chris Thompson.

On September 2, 2017, Jones was released by Washington and would join the Indianapolis Colt the following offseason, spending most of the year on their practice squad. He would have a short stint with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2018 and later declared for the XFL’s Draft in October 2019. Jones was selected by the St. Louis Battlehawks in the draft and would go on to be named to the mid-season All-XFL team after rushing for 314 yards and a touchdown, along with 25 receiving yards and a touchdown in the 5 games before the league suspended operations.

Adam Choice – (Clemson) – 5’9”/188lbs

As a true freshman at Clemson in 2014, Choice found playing time in 6 games before having a season-ending ACL tear. Redshirt Freshman and now San Francisco 49ers running back Wayne Gallman would take his starting role for the remainder of the season. Choice was redshirted the following year, and from 2016 to 2018, served as a reserve running back. He would complete his career with 1,250 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns on 239 carries, along with 22 receptions for 179 yards in 561 snaps over 45 games. Near the end of his collegiate career, Choice split carries with Tavien Feaster, and Travis Etienne. Although he was not the feature back, Choice’s role as a trusted backup should not be underestimated. Etienne would serve as the starter but only ever eclipsed 20 carries per game twice. Over the last 3 seasons, Clemson has run an average of roughly 34 run plays per game, leaving plenty of touches for the reserve backs like Choice.

LaDarius Galloway – (Tennessee – Martin) – 5’10″/205lbs

Galloway played his 2017 and 2018 seasons for the University of Tennessee at Martin and was named second-team Ohio Valley Conference All-Star in 2017. In 22 games, he ended his career with 1,399 rushing yards and 9 touchdowns on 308 carries, along with 50 receptions for 555 yards and 2 touchdowns. Galloway would sign with the Calgary Stampeders and play in the 2019 CFL season as an international player.

Most recently, Galloway spent time in the recently launched fan-controlled football league. He was franchise tagged by the Wild Aces and would rush for 313 yards for 7 touchdowns on 46 attempts, as well as 4 receptions for 38 yards in the league’s 6 games.

Wide Receivers

Andrew Jamiel – (Stonehill) – 5’10″/180lbs

Jamiel is another familiar face from fan-controlled football, having been franchise tagged during their season by the Glacier Boyz. In the FCF’s 6 games, he would total 308 yards and 9 touchdowns on 23 receptions. Prior to his time in the FCF, Jamiel broke and now holds every receiving record all-time within his four years at Stonehill College. He would play in the Division 2 Senior Bowl at Myrtle Beach and gained recognition from scouts by making 8 catches for 100 yards and a touchdown. Jamiel was being looked at by CFL teams and was set to have an official pro day, but it was canceled due to the pandemic.

KaVontae Turpin – (TCU) – 5’8″/155lbs

Turpin was named Freshman All-American for being a kick returner after playing in all 13 games his first year. He has received many honors during his college career, including 2015 247Sports.com True Freshman All-American (All-Purpose), 2015 Honorable Mention All-Big 12 (Return Specialist), 2016 Honorable-Mention Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Year, 2016 Honorable-Mention All-Big 12 Return Specialist, 2017 Honorable-Mention All-American, SB Nation (KR/PR), 2017 First-Team All-Big 12 (KR/PR), 2017 First-Team AP All-Big 12 (All-Purpose), 2017 Honorable-Mention All-Big 12 (WR), 2017 Honorable-Mention Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Year, along with a fleet of weekly awards. In his 42 games at TCU, Turpin racked up 1,748 yards and 13 touchdowns on 145 catches, as well as 44 rushes for 318 yards and 2 touchdowns. As a threat in the return game, he totaled 1,985 yards and 2 touchdowns on 71 kick returns and 741 yards and 4 touchdowns on 52 punt returns. Turpin would even complete 3 pass attempts for 86 yards and a touchdown.

Most recently, Turpin is another player who took part in the FCF’s inaugural season. He was franchise tagged by the Glacier Boyz and recorded 223 yards and 4 touchdowns on 13 receptions over the 6 game season.

Kendrick Rogers – (Texas A&M) – 6’4″/204lbs

Rogers was redshirted his freshman year at Texas A&M in 2016 and played the following 3 seasons with the team. In 38 games, Rogers would tally 786 receiving yards and 7 touchdowns on 68 receptions. He put up fantastic numbers against eventual national champion Clemson and top ten LSU (ten receptions for 183 yards and four touchdowns) and made big receptions in key moments. He would also catch three two-point conversions versus LSU. Rogers declared for the NFL following his junior year and would sign as an undrafted free agent for a short stint with the Dallas Cowboys in 2020.

AJ Greene – (New Haven) – 6’1″/195lbs

Jelani “AJ” Greene has played one season at Nassau Community College, where he hauled in 270 receiving yards on 20 receptions. Greene would play his 2018 and 2019 seasons at New Haven, where in 22 games, he recorded 926 yards and 4 touchdowns on 55 receptions and rushed for 22 yards on 5 attempts. He would later earn MVP of the National Bowl. Greene will look for his next opportunity with the Sea Lions in hopes of gaining some attention from scouts.

Tommy Lavine – (Trinity) – 5’11″/170lbs

Tommy Lavine played his college ball at Trinity University. He played in 40 games in his college career and racked up 2,795 yards for 32 touchdowns on 193 receptions, going on to be named 2019 All-SAA 1st Team and 2019 SAA Offensive player of the week.

James Tyrrell – (Concordia) – 6’0″/188lbs

Tyrrell is a Dorval, Quebec native who played college football at Concordia University in Canada. He played 5 total seasons for Concordia, and from 2018 to 2019; he totaled 1,195 yards and 3 touchdowns on 78 receptions earning himself a spot on the RSEQ Offensive All-Star Team. He would later sign a CFL contract with the Ottawa Redblacks in December 2019 but could never hit the field due to the Covid-19 Pandemic.

Cameron Echols-Luper – (TCU/WKU) – 6’0″/190lbs

Echols-Luper is the son of former TCU running backs coach, now Missouri running backs coach Curtis Luper. He began his college career at TCU, but would later transfer to Arkansas State, where he had to sit out for the 2015 season. He’d play the 2016 season with Arkansas and finish his college career at Western Kentucky. He would end his career in 45 games, racking up 81 receptions for 973 yards and 5 touchdowns.

Tight Ends

Jevoni Robinson – (NC State/Barry) – 6’8″/240lbs

Robinson is one of the more unique players on the list for the sole reason that he did not play football at all in college. The Jamaica native grew up playing cricket, rugby, soccer and was a part of the track and field team, but didn’t even know the rules of football until he moved to the US for his Junior year of high school. He played wide receiver while in high school but decided to play basketball in college. Following his time at college and despite not playing football, he managed to sign a futures/reserves contract with the Houston Texans but was cut in September of 2018. He later spent time with the AAF San Antonio Commanders and was featured in an XFL showcase in 2019. With many of the NFL’s top tight ends having played basketball in high school and/or college, Robinson looks to make the transition as well.

Caleb Repp – (Utah State) – 6’5″/230lbs

Repp is another interesting candidate for TSL, having played both tight end and defensive end in college. He began his freshman year playing tight end, but would transition to defensive end for his sophomore and junior years. Repp would transition back to tight end for his senior year after transferring to Utah. He’d finish his college career playing in 49 games, totaling 480 yards and 4 touchdowns on 38 receptions. He signed as an undrafted free agent with the Atlanta Falcons in 2020 but was waived before the season kicked off.

Matthew Wilkerson – (Edward Waters) – 6’6”/270lbs

Wilkerson is another tight end/ defensive end who played at Edward Waters College. Offensively, he had 19 catches for 293 yards and 4 touchdowns, while on defense he recorded 25 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, and an interception. In August of 2020, Wilkerson worked out with the Jacksonville Jaguars but remained a free agent. In April 2021, he would attend HUB, a developmental product designed specifically to help propel street free agent professional football players toward their next professional football destination.

Offensive Line

Brandon Murphy – (Memphis) – 6’6″/298lbs

Murphy is another basketball player working to make the transition to football player. He played basketball in high school and at Indiana State, then played his final season of athletic eligibility for the Memphis football program. He worked to find a role as both an offensive tackle and as a defensive end but will focus on the o-line in The Spring League.

Daronte Shaw – (Texas A&M – Commerce) – 6’5″/320lbs

Daronte Shaw played college ball at Texas A&M – Commerce, appearing in 7 games over his two seasons. In 2017 he was a member of their National Championship team, and in 2018 he blocked for one of the top-scoring offenses in the LSC. At this point, Shaw is a Spring League veteran, having participated in the TSL Showcase in Denver and was a part of the team that beat Japan in March 2020. Shaw will continue his stint with the Sea Lions.

Justin Gooseberry – (Ouachita/Rice) – 6’4″/290lbs

Gooseberry was a 3-year starter at Ouachita after being redshirted in 2015. In 2016 and 2017, he started 22 games and earned Honorable Mention All-Great American Conference. In 2018 he earned All-American honors from both the Division II Conference Commissioners Association (first team) and American Football Coaches Association (second team). He helped solidify an offensive line that became one of the top rushing offenses in the nation, averaging 277.6 yards per game. In 2019 Gooseberry would transfer to Rice, where he would receive All-Conference USA honorable mention and be selected for the College Gridiron All-Star Showcase as one of the top linemen in the country. He would spend a short stint with the Atlanta Falcons in 2020.

Nick Buchanan – (Florida) – 6’3″/283lbs

Buchanan has experience playing all over the offensive line and helped provide Kyle Trask with enough time for the Gators to become the 16th-ranked passing offense in the country. Buchanan played in 27 games and started the majority of those, at the center position.

Chris Willson – (USC) – 6’5″/270lbs

Wilson was a Junior walk-on reserve at USC. Originally joining USC as a quarterback, he would transition to tight end but will now look to transition to the offensive line. His receiving stats were never anything too exciting, but he has a background as a blocker due to his father, a former offensive lineman, teaching him the fundamentals of blocking when he was young. It should also be noted that he spent time in 2016 at the New Orleans Saints NFL Mini-Camp.

Saige Young – (Vanderbilt) – 6’4″/310lbs

Young has experience as an offensive guard and a center and was part of an offensive unit that led Ke’Shwan Vaugn to become the team’s 6th running back to rush for over 1,000 yards. He is yet another former FCF player joining the Sea Lions, as he was a part of the “Dam Nation” offensive line unit. Young also took part in The Spring Leagues 2020 fall season as a member of the Conquerors.

Defensive Line

Heath Williams – (Saginaw Valley State) – 6’2″/310lbs

Williams is a defensive lineman out of Saginaw Valley State. He played in 43 games over his college career and totaled 135 tackles, 22.5 sacks, 39.5 tackles for loss, 2 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries, 2 pass deflections, and 1 blocked field goal. Williams received many honors over his college career, including First-Team All-GLIAC Honors, Named a Second-Team All-American by D2Football.com, was named the GLIAC Defensive Lineman of 2019, and more.

Shaneil Jenkins – (Shepherd) – 6’4″/295lbs

Jenkins is a defensive end out of Shepherd University. He played in 47 games with Shepherd and totaled 100 tackles, 41.5 tackles for loss, and 27 sacks. Jenkins was awarded All-MEC honors in both 2014 and 2015 and was named MEC Defensive Player Of The Year (2015). He signed as an undrafted free agent in 2016 to the Denver Broncos and would spend the next few seasons on and off various practice squads. In 2019, he would sign with the Ottawa Redblacks and appear in 3 games for the team, ending his short CFL stint with 4 tackles and a forced fumble.

Greg Reaves – (USF) – 6’2″/241lbs

Reaves is a weak-side defensive end from USF. He began his college football career as a walk-on and earned himself a scholarship prior to the 2017 season. He played in 45 total games and started 37 of those in a row (30 as a defensive end and 7 as a linebacker) and finished his career with 212 tackles, 30.5 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks, 6 pass deflections, 3 fumble recoveries, 1 forced fumble, and 1 interception. He would also help lead the Bulls to 3 bowl games, including 2 wins over Power 5 opponents in the 2016 and 2017 Birmingham Bowls, and posted a career-best 14 tackles in the 2018 Gasparilla Bowl.

Pono Davis – (SMU) – 6’2″/298lbs

Pono Davis played 38 total games for SMU, where he tallied 78 total tackles, 10 tackles for loss, 4 sacks, and 1 forced fumble. Following his senior season, Pono would receive an invite to the Hula Bowl and was named American Athletic Conference All-Academic Team. He would go as an Undrafted Free Agent in 2020, and his initial pro day would be canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, leaving him unsigned.

Chester Graves – (Iowa Western) – 6’5″/240lbs

Originally a 4 star recruit out of high school in 2017, Graves can play linebacker or defensive end and originally chose to attend Ole Miss before ultimately needing to take the JUCO route. He had an impressive 2-year stint with Iowa Western and became known as the number 1 JUCO prospect at that time, according to Rivals.com. He finished his college career with 22 games under his belt, totaling 118 tackles, 7 sacks, 29.5 tackles for loss, 4 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries, 1 interception, and 3 pass deflections. After his JUCO stint, he would receive offers from Alabama, Ole Miss, and Miami. Instead, he would forgo his final 2 years of college eligibility and signed a deal with the CFL’s Saskatchewan Roughriders. Graves was released by the Roughriders in July 2019.

Jordan Guest – (Florida International) – 6’4″/221lbs

Guest is a linebacker and defensive end who ended his career at Florida International with 71 total tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 1 pass deflection, 1 forced fumble, and 1 fumble recovery in 45 games. Since leaving college, Guest became a team captain for the arena leagues Tampa Bay Tornados.

Linebackers

Jeff McCulloch – (Texas) – 6’3″/245lbs

Jeff McCulloch is a 4-year linebacker who played in 46 total games, starting 10 of those for Texas. He finished his career with 94 total tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, 4 sacks, 1 interception, 3 pass deflections, 2 forced fumbles, and 1 fumble recovery. McCulloch would be invited to participate in the 2016 Under Armour All-America Game and Nike’s 2015 The Opening.

Javon Webster – (Southern Illinois) – 6’1″/217lbs

Webster was a First-Team All-Country selection as a senior in high school following a 24 sack season. He’d begin his college career at Glennville State College and later join Southern Illinois University for his senior year in 2017. He racked up 6 sacks and 25 tackles as a sophomore and had 3 sacks in 3 games as a redshirt junior before an injury ended his season prematurely. In 2019, Webster would spend time in the AAF with the Salt Lake Stallions and participate in the XFL’s Tampa Bay summer showcase.

Cecil Cherry – (Tennessee – Martin) – 6’0″

In 2019, Cherry played in all 12 games for the University of Tennessee – Martin racking up 83 total tackles, 9 tackles for loss, 4 sacks, 6 pass deflections, 1 forced fumble, and 1 blocked field goal. Most recently, Cherry played in the FCF as a part of the “Heavy Hitters” defensive unit earlier in 2021.

Jalen Choice – (Jacksonville State) – 6’1″/235lbs

Choice was a redshirt senior who played at Jacksonville State. He would play in 48 games, starting in 21 of those, and totaled 192 tackles 1 sack, 1 interception, 1 touchdown (interception return), 1 forced fumble, and 1 pass deflection. He was named to the Second Team All-OVC Defense and participated in both the FSC Bowl 2019 and Tropical Bowl 2020.

Defensive Backs

Levonta Taylor – (Florida State) – 5’10″/186lbs

Taylor is an FSU alum who was the number 1 ranked cornerback in the country coming out of high school by 247 sports. He was a consensus 5-star prospect and ranked as the number 5 overall player nationally in the ESPN300. While dealing with injuries, he was still able to appear in 12 games for FSU as a true freshman. He finished his college career playing in 35 games and racked up 90 total tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 4 interceptions, 1 touchdown (interception return), 10 pass deflections, and a forced fumble. Taylor would also gain some experience at safety, starting 5 games at the position during his senior year. Following the 2020 NFL Draft, he would sign as an undrafted free agent with the LA Rams but was waived by the team in August 2020.

Darius Williams – (CSU Pueblo) – 6’0″/195lbs

Williams has experience as both a free safety and a cornerback. He played college ball at Colorado State University-Pueblo, where he tied the record for second-most interceptions all-time at 17. He finished his 50 game college career with 178 total tackles, 16.5 tackles for loss, 5 sacks, 17 interceptions, 58 pass deflections, 3 forced fumbles, 2 fumble returns, and 6 touchdowns (interception returns). Williams was very decorated in college, earning All-American First Team Defense, Don Hansen All-American Honorable Mention, Don Hanson All-Super Region Four Second Team Defense, All-RMAC First Team Defense, All-NFFCC First Team Defense, Preseason All-RMAC, and NFFCC Player of the Week after a pick-six, and a fumble recovery in a playoff win at Mines. Williams was later selected to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. Following the 2019 NFL Draft, he would sign as an undrafted free agent with the New Orleans Saints but was waived that May.

Step Durham – (Georgia Tech) – 5’11″/194lbs

Step Durham played cornerback at Georgia Tech from 2014 to 2017. Over his career, he would total 76 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 1 sack, 1 interception, 12 pass deflections, and 2 fumble recoveries. Durham became known as one of the top corners in the ACC during his senior season in 2017. He would sign as an undrafted free agent with the Kansas City Chiefs but suffered a hip injury and never had the chance to play in any of the team’s preseason games. He wasn’t expected to remain on the roster but spent the entirety of the 2018 season on injured reserve with a hip issue. In April of 2019, Durham was waived by the Chiefs.

Bryce Torneden – (Kansas) – 5’10″/192lbs

Torneden is a Safety out of Kansas and was a 3-year starter in the team’s secondary. In 46 games, he totaled 233 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, 1 interception, 1 forced fumble, and 3 fumble recoveries. During his college career, he was named Jason Witten Man of the Year Award Semifinalist, Honorable Mention All-Big 12, Third Team All-Big 12, and the highest-graded safety in the Big 12 in 2019 per PFF Draft. Following the 2020 NFL Draft, he would receive calls from the New York Giants and the San Francisco 49ers but would only try out for the Kansas City Chiefs. However, Torneden would remain unsigned.

Tyson Graham Jr – (S. Dakota State) – 6’2″/210lbs

Tyson Graham Jr is a Safety out of South Dakota State who may be familiar to XFL and AAF fans. After finishing his college career with 228 total tackles, 7 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, 5 interceptions, 16 pass deflections, 1 forced fumble, and 1 fumble recovery over 32 games, Graham would spend the 2017 preseason with the Indianapolis Colts. He would spend the remainder of the 2017 NFL season on and off of practice squads. Graham sat out out the 2018 NFL season before deciding to participate in the 2018 TSL Showcase. Following the showcase, he spent a short stint in 2019 with the Atlanta Falcons and later had a tryout with the Pittsburgh Steelers before signing with the Atlanta Legends in the AAF. After the AAF, he would sign with the Seattle Dragons, where he tallied 8 total tackles over the 5 games. In 2020, Graham signed with The Spring League’s Conquerors for their fall season.

Antonio Dawkins – (Bluefield) – 5’9″/190lbs

Dawkins has had far from the easiest path to success. The cornerback and safety was homeless in high school and would sleep and shower in the locker room while keeping his situation a secret from friends and coaches. Eventually, he sat down with his coaches to explain his situation, and they, along with his friends on the team, all did what they could to help. Dawkins would end up going to Bluefield College, and in the 2018 season would total 28 tackles, 10 pass deflections, 1 interception, 3 fumble recoveries, and 1 forced fumble. He received invites to the National Bowl & Podyum All-Star Bowl.

Special Teams

John Baron II – (San Diego State) – 5’11″/190lbs – K/P

As the self-proclaimed “Noble Lord of Kicksteros,” John Baron II is a Kicker and Punter out of San Diego State University. He finished his college career making 135 of 137 extra points and 50 of 60 field goals for 285 total points. Baron signed with the Chicago Bears in April of 2019 as part of an 8 man kicking competition at the team’s training camp. Baron was released by the Bears in May of 2019.

Erik Lawson – (East Carolina) – 6’5″/303lbs – LS

Lawson played 2 seasons for Georgia Military College at the JUCO level, where he was named Special Teams Player of the Week during his sophomore year, a season in which he accomplished a 100 percent accuracy rate on PAT, FG, and punt snaps. Lawson would also earn a perfect rating on extra-point deliveries and a 99 percent grade on punt snaps as a freshman. Following his second season at GMC, Lawson transferred to East Carolina University, where he helped ECU rank 12th nationally and 1st in the American Athletic Conference in field goals made per game (1.58). He officially became a Guinness World Record holder in December 2017 when he snapped a football 39.96 yards at the Northeastern High School Athletic Complex in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. Lawson played in The Spring Leagues fall 2020 season for the Jousters.

Born in Seattle, WA, and raised just outside of Scottsdale, AZ, Matt Lyons has been a passionate football fan since he was young. After having a few articles published in magazines and business journals earlier in 2020, he shifted his focus to the football world and is now covering the Seattle Dragons and XFL League news for XFL News Hub.

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