Apparently the new XFL’s D.C. Defenders love them some Ohio State Buckeyes. First, we had news of former quarterback and national title winner Cardale Jones being assigned to the team before the draft began. Then, once it commenced, the Defenders proceeded to pick two more former Buckeyes.
Former offensive lineman Chase Farris went off the board in the 9th round for offensive lineman, and defensive tackle Tracy Sprinkle was selected by the Defenders in the fifth round for the defensive front seven. Both are looking for a fresh start and a chance at living out their dreams of playing professional football.
Things so far have not worked out along the NFL route.
Farris graduated from Ohio State in 2015 and was originally signed by the Detroit Lions as an undrafted free agent. He then spent time with the New England Patriots before being released in July of 2017. He signed on with the Atlanta Legends in 2018 of the now defunct Alliance of American Football.
For Sprinkle, he hoped to get drafted in the 2018 NFL Draft but only spent time with the Carolina Panthers in the offseason before also being without a team. He too tried things with the Atlanta Legends before the AAF folded operations.
Now, it would seem both will be back at it with the second attempt at trying to get the XFL to be a viable alternative for professional football fans. The season is set to kick off in February of 2020.
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