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The NFL season may be over, but don't worry football fans, the XFL season is just getting started.
Games will kick off this Saturday and a few familiar faces will be on rosters around the league. Three Oregon Ducks will take the field this weekend for the first season of the new XFL. Here's a look at the Pro Ducks you can cheer on the next few months.
St. Louis Battlehawks
Before Tanner Carew became an Oregon Duck, he was highly regarded as one of the top long snappers in the country. He played 13 games as a true freshman in 2015, missing one with a torn ACL, but ended up playing the Ducks' CFP game against Ohio State. Carew made 39 straight starts and five special teams tackles. He was invited to the Reese's Senior Bowl in 2018.
Following his collegiate career, Carew signed as an undrafted free agent with the Seattle Seahawks. He was later released and signed by the Chicago Bears in 2018, but failed to survive the 53-man roster cuts.
Carew joined the XFL's St. Louis Battlehawks in December and will be on the opening day roster.
— XFL (@xfl2020) December 18, 2019
Los Angeles Wildcats
Arrion Springs was initially drafted by the Tampa Bay Vipers in the XFL Draft in October and traded to the Los Angeles Wildcats the same month.
— XFL (@xfl2020) December 19, 2019
The former defensive back played at Oregon from 2014-17 compiling 137 total tackles, 8.5 for loss, two sacks, three forced fumbles and two interceptions in 41 games. He garnered honorable mention All-Pac-12 conference honors and was named Pro Football Focus first-team all-conference during his senior year.
Springs went undrafted in 2018, but later made appearances on the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Chargers practice squads. He worked out with the Patriots and Jaguars ahead of the 2019 NFL season, but did not land on a roster during the season.
Portland native Alex Balducci was selected by the Dallas Renegades in the XFL Draft and will be on the field for opening day.
— Dallas Renegades (@XFLRenegades) October 15, 2019
Balducci played on defense for Oregon from 2012-15 under coach Chip Kelly and later rejoined him after college, when he signed a deal with the San Francisco 49ers as a undrafted free agent in 2016. He switched to offense under Kelly and made his professional debut in Dec. 2016 in the 49ers' 22-21 victory over the Rams.
He finished his rookie season playing just two games and later made appearances on the Jets and Redskins practice squads, before joining the now-deceased AAF on the Arizona Hotshots.
Here are the former Ducks set to make their XFL debuts originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest