The XFL season is creeping up on us, and excitement is in the air. Household names meet unknown prospects, all trying to make it big and get their payday. However, only a select few players find their way to the top of the league in such a competitive environment.
We saw PJ Walker light up the league and change lesser professional football forever. The XFL, USFL and AAF have created immense opportunities for players who played at smaller schools or did not get a fair chance in the NFL. This 2023 season is going to groom a new crop of incredible football players who will find success at any level they play, but only the best of the best can earn an award along the way.
Offensive MVP – Ben DiNucci
I find it hard to believe that many other players will be able to compete for this award over DiNucci. Unless he signs a contract in the NFL which is always possible, he should be the favorite. His career in the pros has proven successful to an extent, finding himself an NFL start along the way. What puts him ahead of others is his age at 26 and his college success at James Madison University.
The guy I would put in second place is Kaleb Eleby. The only reason he is not No. 1 is due to the lack of professional experience. However, I feel as though he should have been a valuable pieve on an NFL roster as a young quarterback, especially with his last season at Western Michigan.
Defensive MVP – Josh Hawkins
Although many may doubt the former NFL journeyman, there is too much talent and potential to pick against him. He played 4 seasons in the NFL and recorded 43 tackles and 7 passes defended. He played in the 2020 XFL season and earned mid-season all-XFL honors, where he had 2 interceptions in 5 games.
He ran a 4.39 40 yard dash on his pro day, paired with a 4.09 shuttle run. He is incredible athletic and has the top end speed to catch up to receivers that beat him on the break. The only other player I can envision taking home the award is Vic Beasley Jr. due to his NFL experience and accolades.
Coach of the Year – Hines Ward
It may be the basic pick to choose the former NFL legend turned head coach due to the hype, but I do not believe it has anything to due with his former glory. The roster built around him may not seem like the best as of right now, but the San Antonio Brahmas have so much potential at quarterback.
With Jack Coan and Juwon Pass, the team could end up competing at a much higher level than previously anticipated. They are not established as a team or as players, which makes his coach of the year case even stronger.
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