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Orlando Guardians Assigned QB’s Deondre Francois, Quinten Dormady

The XFL has continued its ways of assigning quarterbacks to their teams, and we got the announcements earlier today. While many upstart leagues opt for the draft model, I appreciate the XFL’s approach here and their efforts towards parity across the league were apparent on the field in 2020. With our 2023 QB’s assigned, things are really starting to speed up as we head towards spring.

We already had Deondre Francois penciled in as the Guardians’ QB, but it was good to see that get written in stone today, and the addition of Quinten Dormady in the quarterback room is intriguing. Let’s dive in.

Deondre Francois – Florida State/Hampton

Francois made a big splash in the football world when he won the ACC Rookie of the Year award back in 2016 with Florida State. He looked red hot as a freshman, and led the Seminoles to a 10-3 record and an Orange Bowl victory over Michigan. Though he played 3 years with the Seminoles, his time there was unfortunately affected by injury and off the field issues. He came back to play another year at Hampton and has been building his resume in FCF and TSL the past several years.

The Guardians OC Robert Ford and QB Coach Shane Matthews surely are hoping to tap into that bright potential we saw out of Francois in his football debut, and there’s a lot of tools to work with. Good mobility, pocket movement and arm talent are plenty to build on. His commitment to football over the last couple years with the Glacier Boys, Bored Ape FC and Blues shows that he’s been grinding for that one big opportunity, and it’s finally happening back where it again back down in Florida.

KNOXVILLE TN SEPTEMBER 09 Quinten Dormady 12 of the Tennessee Volunteers looks to pass during the first half of the game against the Indiana State Sycamores at Neyland Stadium on September 9 2017 in Knoxville Tennessee Photo by Michael ReavesGetty Images

Quinten Dormady – Tennessee/Houston/Central Michigan

Dormady was a 4 star recruit coming out of high school, the #5 pocket passer in his class. He worked his way up the ranks with the Volunteers, playing relief snaps as a backup before finally earning a start and winning his first game in 2017. He unfortunately lost the rest of that season to a shoulder injury, and transferred to Houston. The Houston Cougars rolled with D’Eriq King in 2018, and he transferred again to Central Michigan.

It was there he at last got to start a whole season. He acquitted himself well in the 2019 campaign, leading the team to an 8-6 record and a New Mexico Bowl appearance. He also threw for 2312 Yards and 14 TD’s that year. Dormady got a shot with the Alouettes in the CFL last year, but we’ve yet to see him in the pros. A classic dropback passer who’s played well with the opportunities given, I’m interested to see what he can do in Orlando.

Guess we’ll see who ends up wearing #12 this spring. The rest of the XFL Draft is coming up, and we’ll keep you posted here at XFL News Hub. Stay tuned.

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Matt Nagashima has been covering the XFL since before the 2019 Draft, and has witnessed history being made as a Credentialed Reporter for the Dallas Renegades. While he is engrossed with the X's and O's, the roster building and more, it has always been his goal to keep the players first in mind in coverage, showing the human aspect of this sport behind all the action on the field. With Dany Garcia and Dwayne The Rock Johnson now at the helm, he's excited to see all the opportunities that this league will create for players to showcase their talent and make their dreams come true.

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