Dallas Renegades Game Notes: at DC Defenders
SERIES NOTES: This is the first meeting between the Renegades and Defenders. It will be the only regular season matchup in 2020 between the squads. Bob Stoops and Pep Hamilton have never faced each other at any level of coaching.
NATIONAL TELEVISION BROADCAST
Every game played in the XFL will be broadcast nationally on an ESPN or FOX outlet. This week's announce team: Curt Menefee (Play-by-Play), Joel Klatt (Analyst),
JAGS NAMED OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR
On Monday, Jeff Jagodzinski was tabbed as the Renegades' offensive coordinator in addition to his duties as offensive line coach. Bobby Blizzard has been named assistant offensive coordinator and will call plays. Jagodzinski boasts previous stints as offensive coordinator for the Green Bay Packers (2006), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2009) and Georgia State (2013-15) on his resume. Blizzard was an offensive coordinator at Belhaven University from 2014-16.
WALTER PUTS UP SOME SERIOUS YARDAGE
Austin Walter turned in a stellar effort versus the New York Guardians last week, finishing with 264 total yards and 235 kickoff return yards - both the highest totals by any XFL player in 2020. The highlight was a 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, which is the longest in the league this season and only the second scoring return on any punt or kickoff this year.
STILL SPECIAL ON SPECIAL TEAMS
In addition to Walter's kickoff return exploits, Dallas continues other strong efforts on special teams, as the squad leads the XFL in multiple categories.
- The Renegades are 10-for-10 on field goals, boasting the most field goals of any squad in the XFL and one of two teams (New York Guardians) that is still perfect on the season.
- Austin MacGinnis has made at least one field goal in every game in 2020. His streak of 10 in a row is one short of his collegiate-best string of 11 straight while at Kentucky.
- MacGinnis is tied for the XFL single-game high with his three field goals versus St. Louis in the season-opener on February 9.
- Dallas ranks first among all teams in punt returns with an 11.5-yard return average.
- Punter Drew Galitz is averaging 43.1 yards and also has nine punts inside the 20-yard line in 2020. Both totals place him third in the XFL.
- The Renegades kickoff return average (24.3 yards per return) ranks third in the XFL.
- Walter has 431 kickoff return yards this season, a total that is second in the XFL. His seven returns against New York were the most in a game by any league player this year.
FORGET IT ON FOURTH DOWN
The Renegades defense is the only one in the XFL that has not allowed a fourth down conversion this season. Dallas foes are 0-5 on the down over the first five games.
WE NEED MORE .... PENALTIES??
In five games, the Dallas Renegades have been among the least-penalized teams in the XFL. Overall, the squad has 26 penalties, which is the second-fewest in the league behind Houston. The team has had just three penalties in a game in three different outings - but in a weird twist, that number came in all three of the team's losses. In the two Renegades victories, Dallas had eight (at Los Angeles) and nine (at Seattle) penalties, respectively.
SHARING IS CARING
Whoever is behind behind center for the Renegades has lots of options when looking to throw the ball. Four different players - Lance Dunbar (26), Flynn Nagel (26), Donald Parham (24) and Cameron Artis-Payne (23) - have 20 or more receptions this season. No other team in the XFL has that many with 20 catches or more.
NOTHING SHORT ABOUT IT
The Dallas receiving corps can also post some long gains when they get the ball, as five different players have recorded at least 12.8 yards per reception. And don't forget to add in Flynn Nagel, who despite being tied as the shortest wide receiver on the squad (5-11), has multiple receptions in every contest and is averaging 8.3 yards.
DEFENSE STEPPING UP LATE
The Renegades defense isn't allowing much in the final quarter over the last four contests. Over the last 12 fourth quarter drives, the Renegades' defense is allowing an average of just 10.83 yards and 4.5 plays. The Dallas defense has not allowed an offensive TD in the fourth quarter in the past three games.
IT'S FOUR DOWN TERRITORY
Dallas has been able to keep its drives going on fourth down - leading the league in fourth down conversions and conversion percentage. The Renegades are 7-of-9 on the down this season, good for 77.8 percent. Only one other team in the XFL is over 50 percent.
- Defensive end Frank Alexander has five passes defended this season. He is the only defensive lineman among the top 35 in this category in the XFL.
- The Renegades have 146 receptions as a team, 27 more than the next closest squad (Houston, 119).
- Cameron Artis-Payne has 241 yards rushing this season, a total that ranks fourth in the league.
- Three of the top four quarterbacks in the XFL for completion percentage play in Dallas (all attempts). Eric Dungey is first (1-for-1, 100%, 1st), followed by Landry Jones (83-of-119, 70%, 3rd) and Philip Nelson (62-of-94, 66%, 4th).
- Donald Parham boasts 307 receiving yards this season - a total that ranks third in the XFL and first among tight ends.
- Flynn Nagel is averaging 16.2 yards on punt returns, a mark that leads the XFL. His 38-yard return at Los Angeles is the second-best in the league this year.
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