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  • Writer's pictureNoah Beausoleil

XFL Week 6 Special Teams Power Rankings; An Abridged Breakdown

We had a wonderful week of Special Teams Performances. The issue? I had 3 days to write this article. Let's discuss that;

 

Kickers

Kickers had their best week, going 14/16 on field goals (87.5%). There were also 4 field goals made over 50+ yards. Let's discuss how each of the Kickers performed with a look at my (un)Official Week 6 XFL Kicker Power Rankings;

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  1. John Parker Romo (SA) was 3/3 on field goals this week, making attempts from 29 yards, 45 yards, and 46 yards (This highlight has an interview attached that I recommend watching).

  2. Dominik Eberle (SEA) had his best week yet and proved he deserves a spot in the Top 2 after going 4/4 on field goals. He was good from 37 yards, 27 yards (x2), and hit his first 50+ yard field goal with this 54-yard frisbee kick!

  3. Matthew McCrane (DC) went 3/4 on the night, missing from 37 yards (Likely due to a bad snap). He redeemed himself with this 34-yarder, this 32-yarder, and this 50-yard field goal!

  4. Taylor Russolino (ARL) was 1/2 this week missing one from 36 yards away, but nailed this 53-yard field goal to redeem himself!

  5. Hunter Duplessis (HOU) did not attempt any field goals this week.

  6. Donny Hageman (STL) made his only attempted field goal from 40 yards out.

  7. José Borregales (ORL) was 2/2 this week, striking true from 26 yards and from an impressive 50 yards out!

  8. Bailey Giffen (VGS) did not attempt any field goals this week.

 

Punters

Punters did their job 33 times, amassing 1,642 yards and 1,259 net yards (49.8 Avg. and 38.2 Net Avg.) this week. Let's discuss how each of the Punters performed with a look at my (un)Official Week 6 XFL Punter Power Rankings;

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  1. Brad Wing (SA) punted 7 times for an average of 49.4 yards and 38.4 net yards per punt. Two of his punts were over 50 yards, with this impressive 58-yarder showing just how big his leg is. Two of his punts also landed inside the 20-yard line. Unfortunately, Wing finally broke the streak of being the only punter without a punt going out of bounds.

  2. Daniel Whelan (DC) punted 1 time for 63 yards! You read that right, 63 yards.

  3. Marquette King (ARL) punted 7 times for an average of 45.7 yards and 37.1 net yards per punt. He had 1 punt land inside the 20-yard line and had 3 travel over 50 yards.

  4. Race Porter (HOU) punted 4 times for an average of 43 yards and 30.8 net yards per punt. He had 1 punt land inside the 20-yard line and recorded a tackle on this return!

  5. Sterling Hofrichter (STL) punted 3 times for an average of 45 yards and 44 net yards per punt. He had 1 punt travel 56 yards!

  6. Mac Brown (ORL) punted 5 times for an average of 48.2 yards and 24 net yards per punt. He had 1 punt land inside the 10-yard line, and 2 punts travel over 50 yards, but unfortunately also had 2 punts go out of bounds.

  7. Michael Carrizosa (VGS) punted 4 times for an average of 37.5 yards and 33.3 net yards per punt. He had 2 punts land inside the 20-yard line, with one being downed at the 3-yard line.

  8. Cameron Nizialek (SEA) punted 5 times for an average of 43 yards and 34.8 net yards. He had 1 punt travel 53 yards!

 

Kickoff Specialists

Let's discuss how each of the Kickoff Specialists performed with a look at my (un)Official Week 6 XFL Kickoff Power Rankings;

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  1. Hunter Duplessis (HOU) kicked off 3 times, averaging 58.7 yards per kickoff and had 1 kickoff remain inside the 25-yard line.

  2. Donny Hageman (STL) kicked off 5 times, averaging 62.8 yards per kickoff. He had 3 kickoffs remaining inside the 25-yard line and managed to score a Minor Touchabck!

  3. Dominik Eberle (SEA) kicked off 5 times, averaging 64.4 yards per kickoff. He had 2 kickoffs remaining inside the 25-yard line but also had 1 Major Touchback and 1 that did not make it to the 20-yard line.

  4. John Parker Romo (SA) kicked off 4 times, averaging 62.5 yards per kickoff with 3 of those remaining inside the 25-yard line.

  5. José Borregales (ORL) kicked off 5 times, averaging 60.2 yards per kickoff, with 1 remaining inside the 25-yard line.

  6. Matthew McCrane (DC) kicked off 9 (!) times, averaging 65.7 (!) yards per kickoff. He had 1 remain inside the 25-yard line.

  7. Taylor Russolino (ARL) kicked off 4 times, averaging 62.3 yards per kickoff with 1 remaining inside the 25-yard line.

  8. Bailey Giffen (VGS) kicked off 1 time for 67 yards, which remained inside the 25-yard line. This was offset by a penalty for a kickoff that did not reach the 20-yard line.

 

Return Specialists

Kickoff Return Specialists

Let's discuss how each of the Kickoff Return Specialists performed with a look at my (un)Official Week 6 XFL Kickoff Return Power Rankings;

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  1. Darrius Shepherd (STL) returned 1 kickoff for just 15 yards this week.

  2. Cinque Sweeting (VGS) returned 3 kickoffs for 64 yards, including this 31-yard kickoff return. We also saw DeAndre Torrey return 2 kickoffs for 35 yards (18 Long)

  3. Dejoun Lee (HOU) had an impressive week, returning 8 kickoffs for 197 yards with a long of 35 yards! We also saw him rip off a return for 31 yards and 33 yards. He also had this 25-yard return that was almost more if he could've just regained his balance.

  4. Kelvin McKnight (SEA) also had a big week, returning 5 kickoffs for 133 yards with a long of 45 yards! He also had a second huge return for 33 yards!

  5. Fred Brown (SA) returned 3 kickoffs for 71 yards with a long of 31 yards.

  6. Jaquez Ezzard (DC) returned 4 kickoffs for 73 yards.

  7. Leddie Brown (ARL) returned 3 kickoffs for 53 yards. We also saw Rannell Hall return 2 kickoffs for 26 yards.

  8. Justin Rogers (ORL) returned 3 kickoffs for 51 yards. We did see a muffed ball, but Rogers was able to recover it before the opponents got to him. We also saw Deddrick Thomas return 2 kickoffs for 34 yards.

Punt Return Specialists

Let's discuss how each of the Punt Return Specialists performed with a look at my (un)Official Week 6 XFL Punt Return Power Rankings;

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  1. Will Likely (HOU) returned 1 punt for 19 yards this week.

  2. Joe Powell (ARL) returned 4 punts for 27 yards (long of 18) and we also saw Rannell Hall return 1 punt for 17 yards.

  3. Mathew Sexton (VGS) returned 2 punts for 3 yards but remains in the Third Position due to his previous performances.

  4. Terrell Bonds (SA) returned 6 punts for 70 yards with a long of 33 yards.

  5. Kelvin McKnight (SEA) had a good night in the punt return game as well. He returned 3 punts for 71 yards with a long of 49 yards! He also had a punt return of 22 yards.

  6. Justin Rogers (ORL) returned 3 punts for 20 yards with a long of 11 yards.

  7. Jaquez Ezzard (DC) played really well this week, returning 4 punts for 49 yards. He had a long of 20 yards and another return of 19 yards.

  8. Austin Proehl (STL) returned 3 punts for 22 yards with a long of 10 yards.

 

Coverage Teams

Let's discuss how each of the Cover Teams performed with a look at my (un)Official Week 6 XFL Coverage Team Power Rankings;

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  1. The Las Vegas Vipers allowed 22 yards on 3 punt returns and 15 yards on their only kickoff return. They received 1 penalty this week.

  2. The St. Louis Battlehawks allowed 3 yards on 2 punt returns and 99 yards over 5 kickoff returns They received 1 penalty this week.

  3. The Seattle Sea Dragons continue to impress, allowing 20 yards on 3 punt returns and 85 yards on 5 kickoff returns. They also had ANOTHER blocked punt. That's now 3 blocked punts in 2 games! They received 4 penalties this week.

  4. The San Antonio Brahmas allowed 42 yards on 6 punt returns and 79 yards on 5 kickoff returns. They received 2 penalties this week.

  5. The D.C Defenders allowed 19 yards on their only punt return and 197 yards on 8 kickoff returns. They did not receive any penalties this week.

  6. The Houston Roughnecks allowed 49 yards on 4 punt returns and 73 yards on 4 kickoff returns. They received 2 penalties this week.

  7. The Arlington Renegades allowed 70 yards on 6 punt returns and 71 yards on 3 kickoff returns. They received 2 penalties this week. Here is a cool interview with Brandon Rusnack on the field during kickoff!

  8. The Orlando Guardians allowed 71 yards on 3 punt returns and 133 yards on 5 kickoff returns. They received 5 penalties this week.

 

As you come to the end of this article, I hope that you have found it informative and engaging.


Thank you for taking the time to read my work.

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