The highly anticipated relaunch of the XFL kicked off this weekend with three former Kentucky Wildcats taking the field.
Austin MacGinnis, Jeff Badet, and Jon Toth all began their XFL journey’s as they look to open the eyes of NFL scouts and earn spots on training camp rosters this summer.
Here’s a recap of how each former Wildcat performed this weekend.
Austin MacGinnis, Dallas Renegades
The most reliable kicker in Kentucky history had a brilliant XFL debut for Bob Stoops’ Dallas Renegades.
Austin MacGinnis converted on all three of his field goal attempts to generate all nine of the Renegades points in their opening week 15-9 loss to the St. Louis BattleHawks.
MacGinnis is the only player of the three Wildcats in the XFL who has not performed in an NFL game either regular or preseason.
Jeff Badet, Dallas Renegades
Former Wildcat receiver Jeff Badet’s XFL debut came with high expectations as he was drafted by Dallas with the fourth overall pick in the league’s draft in October.
Badet did not quite live up to those expectations in week one as he caught just three passes for six yards.
He will look to get back on track against the 0-1 Los Angeles Wildcats next Sunday.
Jon Toth, D.C. Defenders
John Toth earned the start at center in his XFL debut with the D.C. Defenders. Toth helped block for a Defenders rushing attack that ran for 235 yards and kept former Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones upright as he was sacked just once. With Toth and the offensive line creating holes, D.C. cruised to a 31-19 victory over the Seattle Dragons.
Toth will be back on the field when the Defenders take on the 1-0 New York Guardians.