The inaugural player draft for the XFL, America’s newest football league, will take place on October 15-16, 2019. As of now, three former Maryland football players are in the draft pool of eligible players.
Wide receiver Taivon Jacobs (‘18), tight end Derrick Hayward (‘17) and kicker Nick Novak (‘04) are all currently on the league’s official site. Jacobs was in Group No. 1, while the other two were added Tuesday in Group No. 2.
Jacobs finished up his time with the Terps last fall, closing his collegiate career with 91 catches for 1,115 yards and nine touchdowns. He wasn’t selected in the 2019 NFL Draft and the XFL will give him an opportunity to break into professional football.
Hayward played in all 49 games during his time at Maryland, but with the Terps failing to utilize tight ends often in his tenure, he finished with just eight career catches for 52 yards and a touchdown. Like Jacobs, Hayward never made it to an NFL training camp.
Novak is the most experienced of the bunch, as the 38-year-old has been all around the country since he left College Park. He wasn’t picked in the 2005 NFL Draft, but he ended up playing for eight different NFL franchises and participating in three other football leagues — NFL Europe, the United Football League and the Alliance of American Football.
Each day this week, the list of draft-eligible players will grow as more and more names are added. In total, there are expected to be over 1,000 players eligible for the league’s first player draft, which will commence next Tuesday.
In other news
Maryland basketball — both the men’s and women’s teams — announced the plans for a new performance center, which will be added as an attachment to the Xfinity Center.
Maryland football fan confidence rose with the team’s 48-7 win over Rutgers a week ago, despite the Terps losing starting quarterback Josh Jackson for an indeterminate amount of time.
In the NFL, a number of Terps — led by Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue — made an impact in their teams’ respective games in Week 5.
Maryland men’s lacrosse’s Anthony DeMaio is getting a big boost for the upcoming season — his family is moving closer to College Park.
Maryland football has broken a program record for the most points scored in five games in team history.
PROGRAM RECORD! #FTT pic.twitter.com/BQREdyP5Io— Maryland Football (@TerpsFootball) October 8, 2019
That record was achieved following the 48-7 blowout victory over the Scarlet Knights. Check out some of the highlights from the action.
First B1G win of the season, and boy was it a LOUD one! #FTT pic.twitter.com/1RkC1mEOGc— Maryland Football (@TerpsFootball) October 8, 2019
3 TDs— Maryland On BTN (@MarylandOnBTN) October 8, 2019
1 kickoff return
190 total yards.
A memorable game for @TerpsFootball's @ny_king20. #TouchdownTuesday pic.twitter.com/d1PZa9chYY
Maryland volleyball head coach sat down for “Coffee with Coach Hughes” on Tuesday.
Start your morning with a ☕️ with Coach!@AdamNHughes breaks down his passion for "the fuel behind Maryland volleyball"#LND pic.twitter.com/xQDPCofa6w— Maryland Volleyball (@TerpsVolleyball) October 8, 2019
Today was Serrel Smith Jr. day for Maryland men’s basketball. Check out some Twitter content of the sophomore point guard.
"When they drop down the flag, it's just a beautiful moment" - Serrel Smith Jr.@GetBucketsBoyyy x #NextStep pic.twitter.com/thdyiqJZIW— Maryland Basketball (@TerrapinHoops) October 8, 2019
The microwave is returning home this season when the Terps play at the Orlando Invitational ⤵️— Maryland Basketball (@TerrapinHoops) October 8, 2019
MORE: https://t.co/1hHyO6qu5h pic.twitter.com/Sf4HRs7xXi
That @GetBucketsBoyyy wallpaper pic.twitter.com/BWFDCR49XG— Maryland Basketball (@TerrapinHoops) October 9, 2019
Go inside a Maryland women’s basketball practice.
Transition Finishing School! https://t.co/QeiBmxE0q0— Maryland Women’s Basketball (@umdwbb) October 8, 2019
Five former Terps are playing in the WNBA Finals. Last night, the Connecticut Sun forced a Game 5 after a 90-86 win over the Washington Mystics. Winner takes all on Thursday in Washington.
@KristiToliver is no stranger to big moments Catch another look at her 20-point 10-assist Game 3 in #PhantomCam— WNBA (@WNBA) October 8, 2019
Watch the potential series-clinching #WNBAFinals Game 4 tonight on ESPN 2 (8:00 PM/ET) pic.twitter.com/DRcbG5AIYH
THREEANNA KNOCKDOWN pic.twitter.com/cDOsQZqXUG— Washington Mystics (@WashMystics) October 9, 2019
THIS PLACE HAS BECOME UNGLUED. pic.twitter.com/4qZLSQ3RHm— Connecticut Sun (@ConnecticutSun) October 9, 2019
.@KristiToliver is pure from the corner!— WNBA (@WNBA) October 9, 2019
The @WashMystics are off to a 13-1 run to start the second half. #WNBAFinals pic.twitter.com/EtiO0Hd7kp
.@athomas_25 (14 PTS, 8 AST) is FEELING IT tonight— WNBA (@WNBA) October 9, 2019
The @ConnecticutSun forward set a #WNBAFinals record dropping 7 dimes in the first Q alone!
Second half is next on ESPN2 pic.twitter.com/qsHaNoGNM9
GET IT SHATORI!!!! pic.twitter.com/dxBRCqu67S— Washington Mystics (@WashMystics) October 9, 2019
How are we supposed to go to sleep for morning practice after that?! #TerpFamily | #WNBAFinals pic.twitter.com/NH8ArQ85bd— Maryland Women’s Basketball (@umdwbb) October 9, 2019
Former Terp Alyssa Thomas came up big for the Connecticut Sun tonight to extend their WNBA Finals series with the Washington Mystics. @umdwbb players were all over both sides of this game. pic.twitter.com/6ioL2TlWkU— Lila Bromberg (@lilabbromberg) October 9, 2019
Maryland wrestling is gearing up for its season, which starts in less than a month, in an... interesting way.
Only a couple days until the official start of the 2019-2020 season! #TeamWork #FearTheTurtle #TurtlePower pic.twitter.com/fk3oz1aC2q— Maryland Wrestling (@TerpsWrestling) October 9, 2019
With the Premiere Lacrosse League and Major League Lacrosse, 24 former Terps won a championship this season.
CHAMPIONSHIP U— Maryland Lacrosse (@TerpsMLax) October 8, 2019
2⃣4⃣ hardshells had their hands on a championship trophy this fall in pro lacrosse. What an incredible year for our #ProTerps!
: https://t.co/PfdOvPnF3l#BeTheBest pic.twitter.com/LP1dO4OmP4