Former Buckeyes Cardale Jones, Doran Grant and Tracy Sprinkle Win First XFL Game with D.C. Defenders

By Avery DePaola on February 8, 2020 at 5:53 pm
Cardale Jones celebrates victory in first-ever XFL game.
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Football season isn’t over folks.

The D.C. Defenders, whose roster includes former Ohio State players Cardale Jones, Doran Grant and Tracy Sprinkle, won the first game of the new XFL on Saturday. The Defenders faced the Seattle Dragons in their season opener and earned a 31-19 win, led by 291 passing yards and two touchdown passes from Jones.

Jones felt the love from Defenders fans right away, as "MVP!" chants directed toward him quickly erupted in the stadium during the opening drive of the game.

On the defensive side of the ball, Grant had two tackles while Sprinkle had one assisted tackle and a quarterback hurry.

The Defenders have a chance to continue their momentum next Saturday at 2 p.m., when they will play the New York Guardians at Audi Field in Washington, D.C. The game will once again be televised on ABC.

Jones, Grant and Sprinkle are the only three Buckeyes currently in the XFL, which features eight teams.

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