It looks like fans of HBCU football will have some players to cheer for in spring outside of their squad’s current players.
The XFL released the roster for its inaugural season and a total of 10 former HBCU stars across the MEAC, SWAC, CIAA and SIAC.
Here are the HBCU alumni who you can catch on the field in 2020.
Dallas Renegades: OT Justin Evans, South Carolina State
DC Defenders: TE Khari Lee, Bowie State
Houston Roughriders: DB Deji Olatoye, NCAT
DL Demetrius Rhaney, Tennessee State
LA Wildcats: RB Martez Carter, Grambling State
TE Brandon Barnes, Alabama State
DL Roderick Henderson, Alabama State
St. Louis Battlehawks: P Marquette King, Fort Valley State
RB Lenard Tillery, Southern
Tampa Bay Vipers: WR Daniel Williams, Jackson State
King is likely the most notable name to fans, as he was a star with the Oakland Raiders before being released when Jon Gruden took over.
Carter and Tillery were both talented backs who gave SWAC defenses the blues recently. Tillery broke the conference’s all-time rushing mark as a senior in 2017.
The XFL begins play next month. Here’s a TV schedule.