While leaks and website updates were coming out sporadically throughout the week the Battlehawks finally released their final roster via email to the media at around 2:32 Central Time. Coach Becht tweeted earlier in the day with a statement regarding these past month of training camp and todays cuts.
“There were a lot of tough decisions, which is a credit to the efforts and performance from our players over the last month,” said Battlehawks Head Coach Anthony Becht. “That’s the sort of competition you want. Ultimately, this is the group we believe will give us the best opportunity to go out and win.”
per St. Louis Battlehawks press release
The team also announced via media release that “The Battlehawks roster includes 2 quarterbacks, 3 running backs, 8 wide receivers, 3 tight ends, 9 offensive linemen, 7 defensive linemen, 6 linebackers, 9 defensive backs, and 3 specialty players. One player is on injured reserve. The team will add one more player before the start of the season.” With TE Jaylen Smith going on the reserve list yesterday via the XFL website it is presumed that the team is the process of adding another Quarterback to replace Ryan Willis who is now with the USFL’s Memphis Showboats.
|First Name||Last Name||College||Position||Notes|
|Caleb||Vander Esch||South Dakota||WR||AA Player|
|Jevoni||Robinson||Barry U||TE||TSL, AAF, HOU|
|Shakir||Soto||Pitt||DL||AAF Fleet, CFL USFL|
|Quenton||Meeks||Standford||DB||USFL Bandits 2022|
|Obi||Melifonwu||UConn||DB||USFL Bandits 2022|
|Kishawn||Walker||Kentucky Wesleyn||DB||AA Player|
Some more notable players released were Obi Melifonwu, Jordan Miller, Allie Green, Shakir Soto and Leddie Brown. Melifnowu and Miller were both NFL vets who were late additions to camp, with Melifnonwu recently playing in the USFL for the Tampa Bay Bandits. Other players of note like Shakir Soto also were cut after putting together a solid season in the USFL and also having ties to coach Becht’s days with the AAF San Diego Fleet.
With the roster set, the Battlehawks can look forward to taking on the San Antonio Brahmas on Sunday February 19th. With the team on the road for the next three weeks, the new look Battlehawks are primed to make the people of St. Louis excited about their professional football team as they did in 2020. For those who don’t know, the Battlehawks return to the Dome March 12th, welcoming the Arlington Renegades to St. Louis and letting the rest of the XFL know “Ka-Kaw is the Law”.
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