Former UNC football standout Austin Proehl scores two touchdowns in inaugural 2020 XFL game
Former University of North Carolina football standout Austin Proehl scored two touchdowns for the Seattle Dragons in the inaugural 2020 XFL game on Saturday. Proehl hauled in five receptions for 88 yards on the game, and was one of the few bright spots in his team’s 31-19 loss to the DC Defenders.
His first score of the game was a 14-yard reception that put the Dragons on top late in the first quarter. It was also the first touchdown of the season by any player in the XFL. His second touchdown was a 57-yard strike that tied the game at 19 points a piece in the third quarter.
Proehl last played football in 2017 as a member of the Tar Heels. He suffered a broken left clavicle that season, and was limited to just six games. He caught 21 balls for 337 yards and a touchdown during his senior season. He recovered from his injury that season to return for the final two games, and was later drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the seventh round of the 2018 NFL Draft.
He was waived by the Bills just before the start of the following season, and was picked up by the Tennessee Titans just a couple of days later. The Titans released him the following day. He was signed to the Los Angeles Rams’ practice squad in late October. He signed a reserve/future contract with the Rams on February 6, 2019, but was waived during final roster cuts on August 30, 2019.
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