Week 6 Preview: Get to know the Renegades
The DC Defenders (3-2) are back to their winning ways thanks to their 15-6 win over the St. Louis BattleHawks in Week 5 at Audi Field.
But with just five games left in the 2020 XFL regular season, the competition is only going to get tougher. With the undefeated Houston Roughnecks waiting in Week 7, the Defenders have their hands full with the Dallas Renegades (2-3) in Week 6.
It's Dallas Week, and not much else needs to be said. But in case you need another reason to boo Dallas, here is a look at some of the Renegades players you may be familiar with.
KNOW YOUR OPPONENTS: DALLAS RENEGADES
- Home Field: Globe Life Park. Arlington, Texas.
- Team Colors: Black, light blue, red
- Team President: Grady Raskin
- Head Coach: Bob Stoops
- Record: 2-3 (9-15 loss vs. BattleHawks, 25-18 win at Wildcats, 24-12 win at Dragons, 20-27 loss to Roughnecks, 12-30 loss to Guardians)
STAT LEADERS: DALLAS RENEGADES
- Landry Jones (Inj.) -- 83-for-119, 784 yards, 5 passing TDs, 7 INTs.
- Phillip Nelson -- 62-for-94, 439 yards. Zero TDs, 3 INTs.
- TE Donald Parham -- 24 receptions for 307 yards on 43 targets. 4 TDs. Long of 65 yards.
- WR Flynn Nagel -- 26 receptions for 217 yards on 30 targets. 1 TD. Long of 33 yards.
- Cameron Artis-Payne -- 41 carries for 241 yards. 5.1 avg. 2 rushing TD. Long of 31 yards. 23 receptions for 101 yards.
- Lance Dunbar -- 30 carries for 146 yards. 4.9 avg. 1 rushing TD. Long of 20 yards. 26 receptions for 154 yards.
PLAYERS YOU MAY KNOW: DALLAS RENEGADES
- #7 QB Eric Dungey, Syracuse: Threw for 276 yards and 3 TDs in upset win over No. 2 Clemson in 2017. Spent 2019 training camp with New York Giants.
- #10 WR Armanti Edwards, Appalachian State: A two-time FCS National Champion, two-time FCS Player of the Year as a quarterback and led Mountaineers to the most shocking upset in college football history, defeating No. 5 Michigan 34-32 in 2007. Was selected No. 89 overall (Third Round) by the Carolina Panthers in the 2010 NFL Draft.
- #12 QB Landry Jones, Oklahoma: A former 5-star high school recruit, led Sooners to 2010 Big 12 championship and a Fiesta Bowl victory. He finished his college career with 16,646 passing yards and 1234 touchdowns. Selected No. 115 (Fourth Round) by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2013 NFL Draft.
- #25 RB Lance Dunbar, North Texas: Spent six seasons as a member of the Dallas Cowboys, amassing 1068 total yards from scrimmage and 1 TD.
- #34 RB Cameron Artis-Payne, Auburn: Was a member of the 2013 Auburn Tigers team that lost to Florida State in the National Championship game. Was selected No. 174 overall (Fifth Round) by the Carolina Panthers in the 2015 NFL Draft. Was a member of the Panthers' Super Bowl 50 roster.
- #40 LB Tre Watson, Maryland: A four-time Academic All-Big Ten Selection and former First Team All-Big Ten selection who led the conference in tackles in 2018. College teammate of Defenders tight end Derrick Hayward. Watson's father Tim played football at Howard University.
- #41 CB Dashun Phillips, Tarleton State: A member of the Washington Redskins during 2015 and 2016 seasons. Suffered a neck injury in final game of 2015 season against Dallas Cowboys.
- #48 LB Greer Martini, Notre Dame: Went to high school at Woodberry Forest School in Orange, Va.
- #49 TE Donald Parham, Stetson: Was a part of Washington Redskins' training camp in 2019.
- #59 LB Jesse Aniebonam, Maryland: From Silver Spring, Md. Attended Good Counsel High School. Was drafted by the DC Defenders, was a member of mini-camp and training camp.
- #61 OG Maurquice Shakir, Middle Tennessee: Signed by Baltimore Ravens as UDFA after 2017 NFL Draft. Spent 2017 season on Ravens active roster.
- #71 OT Justin Evans, South Carolina State: Was a part of Baltimore Ravens training camp in 2018. Spent time on Washington Redskins practice squad.
- #65 OG Alex Balducci, Oregon: A member of the Washington Redskins practice squad for the 2017 season.