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Inside Defenders minicamp: Day 9

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- The DC Defenders welcomed season-ticket holders to Cole Field House on Saturday afternoon for a special open practice where fans could come face-to-face with the DMC's newest football team.

The 70 men vying for roster spots put on a show for the fans in attendance in what was undeniably the most intense practice thus far. 

The Defenders reached that point in camp where "Cabin Fever" sets in, and it's safe to say that the team is very much looking forward to being able to make contact with players not also wearing red and white.


Tweet of the Day 

If he's not already your favorite player, he will be soon enough, Kristjan Sokoli is a big man with a very big heart.

Defenders Standouts of the Day

Jay Bromley, DT: The former Syracuse lineman looked especially good in the goalline 1-on-1 drills, shedding his opponents and making it into the backfield with ease. 

Elijah Campbell, CB: Meet the Defenders' resident thumper. The former Northern Iowa stud turned heads on Saturday with some key plays, and a big hit on wide receiver Malachi Dupre that ramped up the intensity to new heights. Expect Campbell to be all over the highlight reels come Feb. 8.

Reggie Cole, CB: Cole is going to be a playmaker. It's impossible to watch a full practice and not notice No. 44. He's always near the ball, always vocal, and always making a play. The defense brought a lot of energy on Saturday, and Cole is a big reason why.

Malachi Dupre, WR: The wide receivers were banged up on Saturday, with just four able to give it a full go. Dupre was one of the four to grind out the physical practice and brought enough energy for at least two WRs. The former LSU Tiger mixed it up with cornerback Elijah Campbell on multiple occasions, leading to some heated smack talk. 

Des Lawrence, CB: Undoubtedly one of the leaders of the Defenders secondary, Lawrence showed great work in the skill drills and was a force in team activities. He made several great plays, breaking on the ball to force big breakups. He was one of the many reasons why Saturday was so productive for the secondary.

Jordan Morgan, OG: A minicamp invitee out of Kutztown University, Morgan was dominant on Saturday in both skill drills and team activities. Some players were trying to manage their bodies and not overexert themselves. Not Morgan. He operated at 100 percent the entire practice, and he stood out because of it.

DeAndre Thompkins, WR: Thompkins is a natural pass-catcher who looks the part and backs it up. The Penn State product had his best day of practice, hauling in catch after catch, and showed off some elite speed and crisp route-running.

Cole Stroll, Ep. 8: Logan Tuley-Tilman

At 6-7 and 320 pounds, offensive tackle Logan Tuley-Tilman is one of the largest players on the team. But he's also got one of the largest personalities and also one of the largest hearts.

Get to know the big man a bit better with the latest episode of The Cole Stroll.

Up Next

The final week of minicamp approaches. With players leaving for the holidays on Thursday, the Defenders have four more days of practice at the University of Maryland before they leave for break.

Once the holidays end, the players will head to Houston for Defenders training camp at Rice University, beginning on January 5.

55: The number of days until the XFL season-opener at Audi Field between the DC Defenders and Seattle Dragons on Feb. 8 at 2 p.m. ET.