DC Defenders

DC Defenders

Team Information

Founded 2018
Ground Audi Field
Owner(s) Alpha Acquico, LLC: (RedBird Capital Partners; Dwayne Johnson; Dany Garcia)
Nickname DC Defenders

2023 Regular Season Leaders

All Statistics

DC Defenders Bio

DC Defenders Info

The DC Defenders are a football team who compete in the Xtreme Football League (XFL). The DC Defenders are one of the original teams which were formed to be part of the first season of the XFL in 2020. The DC Defenders were revamped in 2022 after being suspended in 2020 (due to the cancellation of XFL due to COVID-19). The DC Defenders are based out of Washington DC and also have another football team, the famous Washington Commanders of the NFL. The DC Defenders compete in the North Division of the 2023 XFL. The DC Defenders will compete in the XFL 2023 Championship game against the Arlington Renegades after topping the XFL NOrth Division with stellar record.

Location, Stadium, and Team Colors

The DC Defenders are based out of Washington DC. The Defenders are the latest addition to a number of sporting franchises based out of the city. The DC Defenders are one of the most popular franchises in the XFL with their fandom spanning across their hometown and into other states too.

Audi Field

The home stadium for the DC Defenders is the Audi Field at Buzzard Point in Washington D.C. The stadium is predominantly a soccer stadium and serves as the home field for D.C. United of the MLS and Washington Spirit of the National Women’s Soccer League. The construction of the stadium was completed in 2018 and has a capacity of around 20,000.

The DC Defenders have a simple but vibrant combination of team colors, which are red and white. The classic color combination was devised by Under Armour who also produces their kits and helmets.

DC Defenders Roster

2Eric DungeyQBSyracuse
3D'Eriq KingQBMiami
10Jordan Ta'amuQBOle Miss
23Ryquell ArmsteadRBTemple
28Artavis PierceRBOregon State
4Abram SmithRBBaylor
8Pooka WilliamsRBKansas
1Chris BlairWRAlcorn State
12Jequez EzzardWRSam Houston
0Josh HammondWRFlorida
9Chad HansenWRCalifornia
11Lucky JacksonWRWestern Kentucky
81Josh MaloneWRTennessee
80Trae BarryTEBoston College
88Briley Moore-McKinneyTEKansas State
82Ethan WolfTETennessee
66Ty ClaryOLArkansas
67Cody ConwayOLSyracuse
77Liam FornadelOLJames Madison
78D'Marcus HayesOLGeorgia
51Michael MaiettiOLMissouri
53Kyle MurphyOLStanford
63Liam RyanOLWashington
72T.J. StormentOLTexas Tech
73Rod TaylorOLOle Miss
56Davin BellamyDLGeorgia
6Fadol BrownDLOle Miss
92Malik FisherDLVillanova
95Jarrell OwensDLOklahoma State
96Jacub PanasiukDLMichigan State
97Caraun ReidDLPrinceton
99Joseph WallaceDLSam Houston
98Gabe WrightDLAuburn
43Francis BernardLBUtah
20Jamal BrooksLBSouth Alabama
27Ferrod GardnerLBLouisiana
57Anthony HinesLBTexas A&M
48Andre MintzeLBVanderbilt
5Reggie NorthrupLBFlorida State
21Joshua AllenDBMiami (Ohio)
29Kentrell BriceDBLouisiana Tech
22Travon FullerDBTulsa
15Michael JosephDBDubuque
24Anthoula KellyDBFresno State
17Cameron LewisDBLSU
26DeJuan NealDBShepherd
39Santos RamirezDBArkansas
38Nydair RouseDBWest Chester
9K.J. SailsDBUSF
34Matthew McCranePKansas State
19Daniel WhelanPUC Davis

Coaching Staff

Reggie BarlowHead Coach
Stacie JohnsonDir. Team Operations
Von HutchinsDir. Player Personnel
Fred KaissOffensive Coordinator
Shannon HarrisQuarterbacks
Alvance RobinsonWide Receivers
Cody CrillTight Ends
Russ EhrenfeldOffensive Line
Deion HarrisQuality Control
Gregg WilliamsDefensive Coordinator
Jeremy WatkinsDefensive Line
Vernon DeanDefensive Backs
Jamie SharperSpecial Teams/Linebackers
Chris LasamanaAthletic Trainer
VanDyke JonesEquipment Manager
Caleb StudivantVideo Manager

DC Defenders Schedule and Results

Week 1

Sun., Feb. 19 – D.C. Defenders vs. Seattle Sea Dragons (Audi Field), 8 p.m. ET on ESPN

Final Score: Defenders 22, Sea Dragons 18

Week 2

Thurs.Feb. 25 – D.C. Defenders at Vegas Vipers (Cashman Field), 7 p.m. ET on FX

Final Score: Defenders 18, Vipers 6

Week 3

Sun., March 5 – DC Defenders vs. St. Louis Battlehawks (Audi Field) 1 p.m. ET on ESPN2

Final Score: Defenders 34, Battlehawks 28

Week 4

Sun., March 12 – D.C. Defenders vs. Vegas Vipers (Audi Field), 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2

Final Score: Defenders 32, Vipers 18

Week 5

Sat., March 18 – D.C. Defenders at St. Louis Battlehawks (The Dome), 7 p.m. ET on FX

Final Score: Defenders 28, Battlehawks 20

Week 6

Mon., March 27– D.C. Defenders vs. Houston Roughnecks (Audi Field), 7 p.m. ET on FX

Final Score: Defenders 37 , Roughnecks 26

Week 7

Sun., April 2 – D.C Defenders at Orlando Guardians (Camping World Stadium), 7 p.m. ET on FX

Final Score: Defenders 36, Guardians 37

Week 8

Sun., April 9 – D.C. Defenders at Seattle Sea Dragons (Lumen Field), 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2

Final Score: Defenders 34, Sea Dragons 33

Week 9

Sun., April 16 – D.C. Defenders vs. Arlington Renegades (Audi Field), 12 p.m. ET on ESPN

Final Score: Defenders 28, Renegades 26

Week 10

Sat., April 22 – D.C Defenders at San Antonio Brahmas (Alamodome), 3 p.m. ET on ABC

Final Score: Defenders 29, Brahmas 28

Who are the DC Defenders' top players?

The DC Defenders are arguably one of the best teams in the XFL this season. They have one of the most star-studded squads in the XFL this season. Former St. Louis Battlehawks quarterback Jordan Ta’amu is vying for the top spot with Eric Dungey and D'Eriq King.

Former Jacksonville Jaguars player Ryquell Armstead offers great offensive threats as one of the best running backs in the league.

DC Defenders’ Standout players:

  • Jordan Ta’amu - Quarterback

  • Ryquell Armstead- Running Back

What is the DC Defenders’ Win-Loss record?

The DC Defenders had 10 regular season games in the season. They were the best team in the XFL regular season recording only one loss out of a possible 10 games. They maintained a stellar record of 9-1 and pulled through with narrow victories in the last few games of the season.

Roughnecks 2023 XFL record

Win: 9

Loss: 1

Draw: 0

Where can I watch DC Defenders games?

The games for the 2023 XFL are being streamed and aired across a number of channels. To catch the DC Defenders live in action you can check out either FX, ESPN, or ABC depending on the schedule.

How do the DC Defenders compare to the other XFL teams?

The DC Defenders are regarded as one of the best teams in the XFL. Former Super Bowl-winning NFL player Reggie Barlow has taken the helm as head coach and he has a strong squad at his disposal. The Defenders have a great offense with the likes of Jordan Ta’amu, Ryquell Armstead, Abram Smith and Eric Dungey. The DC Defenders are one of the favorites to win the XFL Championship this season.

Who is the owner of the DC Defenders?

Dwayne "The Rock '' Johnson, Dany Garcia, and Gerry Cardinale are the XFL's sole team owners. In 2020, Dwayne Johnson's Alpha Acquico LLC, Vince Mcmahon's Red Bird Capital, Dany Garcia, and Gerry Cardinale bought the XFL from its previous owner. Since then, they have made significant changes to the league, and it will relaunch in 2023.

How much did the DC Defenders cost to purchase?

The DC Defenders are owned by the XFL itself. The teams competing in the XFL including the Defenders were all purchased by Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia when they bought over the XFL from Vince McMahon for $15 million.

How many championships have the DC Defenders won?

The XFL 2023 is the revamped season for the Spring football league. The 2020 XFL season could not be fully completed due to COVID-19 restrictions. They are one of the strongest contenders for the XFL Championship title and made it to the Championship game against the Arlington Renegades with an impressive victory over the Seattle Sea Dragons in the Playoffs. The Defenders were tied with the Sea Dragons 9-9 during half time. However, it was all D.C. in the second half, as they pulled away with a big third quarter en route to winning 37-21.


Yes, the DC Defenders are one of the original teams who were part of the XFL and represent the city of Washington D.C. in the league.
The DC Defenders are owned by the XFL franchise itself. The XFL is jointly owned by Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia and Gerry Cardinale.
The DC Defenders' head coach is former NFL player Reggie Barlow. He played in the NFL from 1996 to 2003. He played for the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Oakland Raiders and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He won Super Bowl XXXVII with the Buccaneers in 2003.
Tickets for the DC Defenders start at around $5 and can go up to $180 or even more. Season tickets for the DC Defenders can be purchased for around $100.
The starting quarterback for the DC Defenders is Jordan Ta’amu. The other quarterbacks in the DC Defenders roster are Eric Dungey and D'Eriq King.