Minicamp Recap: St. Louis BattleHawks
EARTH CITY, Mo. -- They came, they played, they bonded.
The first BattleHawks minicamp has officially wrapped and the players are heading home for a much-needed break before training camp starts up in Houston, beginning Jan. 4.
Building an entire football team from scratch was a brand-new experience for the coaching staff, which took the challenge head-on and has spent the last two weeks teaching, testing and evaluating players as months and months of planning are finally starting to come together.
The BattleHawks have been blessed with three high-quality QBs with a wide range of ability and experience. Jordan Ta'amu, the first quarterback assigned to the team, has impressed with his arm and athletic ability.
Brogan Roback, drafted in the second round of the skill position phase, has brought a fire and energy to the team that is infectious.
Taylor Heinicke brings the most experience to the group and has been a steady presence all minicamp.
The team's first ever draft pick, Christine Michael, took no time in stepping up to be a leader on and off the field. He and former Florida back Matt Jones look to be an especially potent 1-2 punch out of the backfield.
Keep an eye on Sherman Badie, the former Tulane RB is someone head coach Jonathan Hayes describes as "an extraordinary player and an even better human being."
The WR corps looks strong. Missouri wideout L'Damian Washington has been a standout, and late addition Terrance Williams has shown why he has had success at the highest level.
Younger names Carlton Agudosi and Alonzo Russell have game-breaking potential.
Former Missouri WR Marcus Lucas has converted to TE and could be a real weapon in the passing game. Connor Davis is a guy that Coach Hayes says "shows up every day, busts his butt, and makes plays."
For our big guys up front, tackle Matt McCants has been a leader for a group that has bonded quickly and looks like they'll be pushing people around this year.
Local product Brian Folkerts and former Washburn player and coach Michael Miller have also been standouts at minicamp.
Former West Virginia All-Big 12 safety Kenny Robinson has been getting his first taste of pro football and has risen to the challenge.
CB Trovon Reed has been instrumental as one of the veterans that has come and set the tone every day.
Linebacker Terence Garvin has also impressed with his ability and understanding of the game.
Up front on defense, this team is looking strong. Casey Sayles, St. Louis' top pick and No. 2 overall during Phase 3 of the XFL Draft (DL, LB), has been every bit as good as the team had hoped.
He's joined by fellow DTs Will Clarke and Jake Payne while defensive ends Jamell Garcia-Williams, Gimel President and Andrew Ankrah look like the kind of players who will be terrorizing QBs from the outside for the foreseeable future.
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