UNC Football Alumni: Former Tar Heels drafted to XFL

A pair of former UNC Football players were selected in Tuesday’s XFL Draft as they find new homes in the game of football

The second stint for the XFL is coming in 2020 as the league looks to provide an alternate to the NFL. With the league set to launch early in 2020, they are prepping with the first Draft for the upcoming season.

The first XFL Draft for the new league began on Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. EST and was held through conference call with the results posted via Twitter. It will run through Wednesday and then preparation for the new league will officially begin for teams.

Among the hundreds of players in the first draft pool were a few former Tar Heels, three on offense and one on defense, as they are hoping for a second chance at the game of football.

Well, on Tuesday a few of those former UNC standouts were selected. The first was former running back Elijah Hood who spent the past two years fighting for a roster spot in the NFL and even appeared in a game.

Hood was selected by the Los Angeles Wildcats early on in the draft:


Hood’s former teammate and quarterback Marquise Williams was the next UNC player taken in the draft as he has a new home with the New York Guardians as he was selected in the 10th round on Tuesday.

While Hood and Williams were selected, running back Khris Francis and defensive back Desmond Lawrence are still waiting for their names to be called. The draft will continue through Wednesday and the league will kickoff in February, a week after the Super Bowl.

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