By BILLY HEYEN
Former Fairport and UMass star running back Marquis Young was selected by the Dallas Renegades in the open phase of the inaugural XFL Draft on Wednesday. Young becomes the second Section V alumni drafted after Jarron Jones was picked by the New York Guardians on Tuesday.
Young spent time in training camp with the Indianapolis Colts earlier this year. He’d been the leading rusher all four years he was at UMass, playing for the Minutemen from 2015-2018. While in high school at Fairport, Young ran for 1,381 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior. Young spent a year between Fairport and UMass at a prep school, Milford Academy.
Young was the fourth running back selected by the Renegades in the XFL Draft, after Cameron Artis-Payne, Lance Dunbar and Dimitri Flowers. The Renegades are slated to play home games in Globe Life Park, which previously housed the Texas Rangers. Former Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops will lead the Renegades.
This iteration of the XFL is scheduled to kick off its season on Feb. 8, 2020, the week after the Super Bowl. It’s scheduled to have a 10-week regular season and lead up to a championship game on April 26. There are eight teams in place for the inaugural season.
XFL players will be paid an average of $55,000 for the 2020 season, according to ProFootballTalk, with bonuses for being on an active roster and winning games.