It’s a wrap for phase two of the XFL draft and the Renegades roster is beginning to take shape.
In phase one, the Renegades main focus was clear. Speed is what they wanted and speed is what they got. In phase two, the clear message Stoops and the Renegades are sending is that this team will be fast and physical.
Where there is thunder, there is lightening.
The line of scrimmage is the “velvet rope” in VIP, the offensive line plays the role of the bouncer, and you will not get past the rope if your name is not on the list. Once you get your quarterback, and the offense is laced with several play makers, you add the muscle. The average weight of the offensive lineman selected in phase two is 312 lbs. Their combined weight is 3,126 lbs. That’s a lot of muscle.
Willie Beavers, offensive tackle from Western Michigan, headlined the first round of phase two. Beavers during his time at Western Michigan was named to the All MAC team twice and helped his running back win all conference honors as well.
Pace Murphy, offensive tackle from Northwestern State University, was the second round pick for the Renegades in phase two. Murphy was also a standout at Northwestern State earning Preseason All American honors and Pre-Season All-Southland Conference honors.
Beavers and Murphy will be the bookend couple at the tackle position that will put a bubble of protection around Landry Jones.
The heartbeat of the running game will consist of Maurquice Shakir (Midd Tenn State), Alex Balducci (Oregon) , and Josh Allen (Louisiana Monroe).
Shakir as a senior played more than 90 snaps in four games, and was an integral part of an offense that produced a 1,000 yard rusher.
Balducci, an converted defensive lineman turned guard will bring the same tenacity he did in the collegiate ranks, after earning All-Pac 12 honors for his efforts on the defensive line for his senior season.
Allen, product of Cedar Hill high school 20 minutes South of Dallas, earned All-Sun Belt honors during his junior season at Louisiana Monroe. He was apart of an offense that produce more than 500 total yards of offense in four of the first five games of the 2012-2013 season.
This offensive line is stacked with big bodies and bullies in the trenches on the offensive side.
In Phase three of the draft, let’s see what type of “war-daddies” Stoops can add to this very promising roster.
#RaisingHell Go Renegades!
Current on-air sports broadcaster for BGC Sports Network for my program NOTES X NOKES. Former contributor for the Killeen Daily Herald, and I covered the SMU Men’s basketball program for the 2013-2014 season.