The DC Defenders had a remarkable first season in the XFL in 2023. Reggie Barlow, served as the head coach, the Defenders showcased strong performance throughout the season. Playing their home games at Audi Field, they finished with an impressive 9-1 record, topping the XFL North division. In the playoffs, they secured a victory in the Division Finals against the Seattle Sea Dragons with a score of 37-21. However, their journey concluded in the XFL Championship game, where they faced a challenging match against the Arlington Renegades, ending with a 26-35 loss​​.

Fixtures

1:00 pm
Choctaw Stadium

Defenders vs Renegades

Network: ESPN
7:00 pm
Protective Stadium

Defenders vs Stallions

Network: FOX*
12:00 pm
Audi Field

Battlehawks vs Defenders

Network: ESPN
4:00 pm
Audi Field

Brahmas vs Defenders

Network: FOX
12:00 pm
Audi Field

Panthers vs Defenders

Network: ESPN
12:00 pm
The Dome at America's Center

Defenders vs Battlehawks

Network: ABC
2:30 pm
Simmons Bank Liberty Stadium

Defenders vs Showboats

Network: FOX*
12:00 pm
Audi Field

Renegades vs Defenders

Network: ABC

Results

23 - 18
Audi Field

Roughnecks vs Defenders

Network: FOX
Spread: D.C. -5
Over/Under: 41
Attendance: 15,052
Ratings: 849,000
27 - 12
The Alamodome

Defenders vs Brahmas

Network: ESPN
Spread: D.C. -6
Over/Under: 44.5
Attendance: 13,164
Ratings: 960k

XFL Division

PosTeamWLTPctPFPAStreak
120014731W2
211014342W1
311013545W1
402003854L2

Quarterback

PlayerPositionCollegeHometown
Deandre FrancoisQuarterbackHampton-
Jordan Ta’amuQuarterbackOle MissPearl City,HI
Jalan McClendonQuarterbackBaylor,

Tight End

PlayerPositionCollegeHometown
Alex EllisTight EndTennesseeDelmar,DE
Trae BarryTight EndBoston CollegeSummerdale,AL
Shaun BeyerTight EndIowaShellsburg,IA
Briley MooreTight EndKansas StateBlue Springs, MO

Punter

PlayerPositionCollegeHometown
Paxton BrooksPunterTennessee-

Kicker

PlayerPositionCollegeHometown
Matt McCraneKickerKansas State-

Running back

PlayerPositionCollegeHometown
Tabyus TaylorRunning backNotre Dame College-
Cam’Ron HarrisRunning backMiami (Fla.),
Abram SmithRunning backBaylorAbilene,TX
Pooka WilliamsRunning backKansas-
Darius HaggansRunning backViginia State-

Wide receiver

PlayerPositionCollegeHometown
Jazz FergusonWide receiverNorthwestern StSt. Francisville, LA
Brandon SmithWide receiverIowaLake Cormorant,MS
Chris RowlandWide receiverTennessee State-
Kelvin HarmonWide receiverNorth Carolina St-
Preston WilliamsWide receiverColorado St-
Ty ScottWide receiverMissouri St-
Keke CouteeWide receiverTexas Tech-
CJ JohnsonWide receiverEast Carolina-

Offensive guard

PlayerPositionCollegeHometown
Matt CarrickOffensive guardMichigan St-
Liam FornadelOffensive guardJames MadisonWyckoff,NJ

Offensive tackle

PlayerPositionCollegeHometown
Jack PlumbOffensive tackleIowa-
Adonis BooneOffensive tackleLouisville-
Mike MaiettiOffensive tackleMissouri-
Sadarius HutchersonOffensive tackleSouth Carolina-
Kyle MurphyOffensive tackleStanfordSan Clemente,CA
Lamont GaillardOffensive tackleGeorgia-
Jean DelanceOffensive tackleFlorida-
Tommy ChampionOffensive tackleMississippi StJackson,MS
Greg LongOffensive tacklePurdueEl Paso, TX
George MooreOffensive tackleOregonAntioch,CA
Chidi OkekeOffensive tackleTennessee StAnambra State,
D’Marcus HayesOffensive tackleGeorgiaMadison,MS

Defensive tackle

PlayerPositionCollegeHometown
Donovan JeterDefensive tackleMichigan-
Davin BellamyDefensive tackleGeorgiaChamblee,GA
Boogie RobertsDefensive tackleSan Jose St-
Trent HarrisDefensive tackleMiami (Fla.)Winter Park,FL
Andre MintzeDefensive tackleVanderbiltPhiladelphia,PA
TJ BarnesDefensive tackleGeorgia TechMontgomery, AL
Niles ScottDefensive tackleFrostburg StElkton, MD
Dennis JohnsonDefensive tackleGrand Valley St-
Tim WardDefensive tackleOld DominionHigh Point,NC
Tariqious TisdaleDefensive tackleMississippiLexington, TN
Joseph WallaceDefensive tackleSam Houston StDallas,TX
Joe WallaceDefensive tackleSam Houston State-

Defensive end

PlayerPositionCollegeHometown
Fadol BrownDefensive endMississippiCharleston,SC
Derick RobersonDefensive endSam Houston St-
Malik FisherDefensive endVillanovaNew York,NY

Middle linebacker

PlayerPositionCollegeHometown
Mohamed SanogoMiddle linebackerLouisville-
Anthony Hines IIIMiddle linebackerTexas A&MPlano, TX
Reggie NorthrupMiddle linebackerFlorida StJacksonville,FL
Jordan EvansMiddle linebackerOklahomaNorman,OK
Ferrod GardnerMiddle linebackerLouisiana Lafeyette,
Francis BernardMiddle linebackerUtahHerriman,UT
Momo SonagoMiddle linebackerOle Miss-
Anthony HinesMiddle linebackerTexas A&M-

Cornerback

PlayerPositionCollegeHometown
Elijah BladesCornerbackBuffalo-
Deontay AndersonCornerbackHoustonHouston,TX
Mike JosephCornerbackDubuque-
Gareon ConleyCornerbackOhio St-
Montae NicholsonCornerbackMichigan St,
Adam SparksCornerbackLouisiana-MonroeBaton Rouge,LA
Anthoula KellyCornerbackFresno StGalena Park,TX
Deandre BakerCornerbackGeorgia-
DeJuan NealCornerbackShepherdShady Side,MD
Isaiah JohnsonCornerbackHouston,
D.J. SwearingerCornerbackSouth Carolina,
DJ SwearingerCornerbackSouth Carolina-
Sam KiddCornerbackJames Madison-
Nydair RouseCornerbackWest Chester (Pa.)Philadelphia,PA

Safety

PlayerPositionCollegeHometown
Kentrell BriceSafetyLouisiana TechRuston,LA
Santos RamirezSafetyArkansasShreveport,LA
Leagues
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