BattleHawks Training Camp Preview
The St. Louis BattleHawks are gearing up for the season, with just 37 days until their very first game against the Dallas Renegades and 51 days until the home opener vs. the New York Guardians.
The team is heading down to Houston for a three week training camp to prepare for the season along with the other seven XFL teams. The BattleHawks will be at W.W. Thorne Stadium starting January 4 and going through the 22nd.
Having just completed a two-week minicamp at their facility in Earth City, get to know the team before they hit up H-Town and start to put their stamp on the league.
BattleHawks Training Camp Roster: Offense
Quarterbacks: Taylor Heinicke (Old Dominion), Brogan Roback (Eastern Michigan), Jordan Ta'amu (Ole Miss)
Running Backs: Sherman Badie (Tulane), Matt Jones (Florida), Ray Lawry III (Old Dominion), Christine Michael (Texas A&M), Lendard Tillery (Southern)
Wide Receivers: Carlton Agudosi (Rutgers), Davon Grayson (East Carolina), Jordan Lasley (UCLA), Keith Mumphery (Michigan State), Damoun Patterson (Youngstown State), Brandon Reilly (Nebraska), Alonzo Russell (Toledo), L'Damian Washington (Missouri), Terrance Williams (Baylor)
Tight Ends: Connor Davis (Dartmouth), Mik'Quan Deane (Western Kentucky), Cole Hunt (TCU), Marcus Lucas (Missouri)
Offensive Line: Dejon Allen (Hawaii), Juwann Bushell-Beatty (Michigan), Jake Campos (Iowa State), Brian Folkerts (Washburn), Korren Kirven (Alabama), Michael Miller (Washburn), Avery Young (Auburn), Matt McCants (UAB), Andrew McDonald (Indiana), Kent Perkins (Texas), Bruno Reagan (Vanderbilt)
Special Teams: Tanner Carew (Oregon), Marquette King (Fort Valley State), Taylor Russolino (Milsaps)
BattleHawks Training Camp Roster: Defense
Defensive Line: Andrew Ankrah (James Madison), Jamell Garcia-Williams (UAB), Alex Jenkins (Incarnate Word), Shaq Jones (UAB), Ulric Jones (South Carolina), Gimel President (Illinois), Will Clarke (West Virginia), Marcus Hardison (Arizona State), Davonte Lambert (Auburn), Jake Payne (Shenandoah), Casey Sayles (Ohio), Kellen Soulek (South Dakota State), Channing Ward (Ole Miss)
Linebackers: Steve Beauharnais (Rutgers), Garret Dooley (Wisconsin), Terence Garvin (West Virginia), Nicholas Grigsby (Pittsburgh), Ro'Derrick Hoskins (Florida State)
Cornerbacks: Trey Caldwell (Louisiana-Monroe), Trey Johnson (Villanova), Jay Liggins (Dickinson), Trovon Reed (Auburn), D'Montre Wade (Murray State), Marquez White (Florida State)
Safeties: Will Hill (Florida), Darius Hillary (Wisconsin), Harold Jones-Quartey (Findlay), Dexter McCoil (Tulsa), Joe Powell (Globe Tech), Kenny Robinson (West Virginia)
BattleHawks in the NFL Draft
Christine Michael, RB: No. 62 overall (2nd Rd.) Seattle Seahawks, 2013
Terrance Williams, WR: No. 74 overall (3rd Rd.) Dallas Cowboys, 2013
Will Clarke, DT: No. 88 overall (3rd Rd.) Cincinnati Bengals, 2014
Matt Jones, RB: No. 95 overall (3rd Rd.) Washington Redskins, 2015
Marcus Hardison, DT: No. 135 overall (4th Rd.), Cincinnati Bengals, 2015
Jordan Lasley, WR: No. 162 overall (5th Rd.) Baltimore Ravens, 2018
Trey Caldwell, CB: No. 173 overall (5th Rd.) Cleveland Browns, 2016
Keith Mumphery, WR: No. 175 overall (5th Rd.) Houston Texans, 2015
Matt McCants, OT: No. 201 overall (6th Rd.) New York Giants, 2012
Marquez White, CB: No. 216 overall (6th Rd.) Dallas Cowboys, 2017
Steve Beauharnais, LB: No. 235 overall (7th Rd.) New Englad Patriots, 2013
The BattleHawks have had some success in the NFL beyond the draft. CB Trovon Reed had two interceptions in the six games he played. Terance Garvin recorded 53 tackles in 75 games. Will Hill has four career interceptions, two of which he returned for a touchdown. Harold Jones-Quartey had 85 tackles and two interceptions in his NFL career.
On the offensive side of the ball, RB Christine Michael rushed for over 1,000 yards and had eight total touchdowns during his time in the league and RB Matt Jones had six career TDs. Taylor Heinicke started a game for the Carolina Panthers in 2018, throwing for 247 yards and a touchdown. Terrance Williams was the No. 2 reciever for the Cowboys for years, amassing over 3,300 yards and 20 scores for them. Marquette King was one of the most profilific punters in Oakland Raiders history and led the NFL in punting average in 2013 and total punting yards in 2014.
Over half the players on our roster played at Power 5 schools in college. Auburn has the largest representation on our team with four players going from War Eagle to the BattleHawks. We have three players each from West Virginia and UAB, including Kenny Robinson from WVU who is the only player in the XFL who still had college eligibility when he signed.
Offensive tackle Brian Folkers is the only true local product, coming from Hazelwood Central High School in St. Louis, but both WR L'Damian Washington and converted TE Marcus Lucas have strong ties to the area, coming from Missouri.