Written by: Joseph Mooney
With the fifth pick in the fifth round of the inaugural XFL Draft, the Tampa Bay Vipers selected record setting quarterback Quinton Flowers from the University of South Florida Bulls. Flowers is quite familiar with Raymond James Stadium and should be excited to return to playing in the stadium for the new XFL club.
Flowers finished his career at USF holding 42 records, some of which include being the all-time leader in passing, rushing, and total touchdowns. Flowers is considered one of the more popular players out of USF and was rumored to be drafted by the club. Although playing quarterback in college, Flowers was drafted to play running back due to his dynamic play style and breakaway speed; he also holds the USF career record for rushing yards and rushing attempts along with the single season rushing yard title. The Vipers currently have Aaron Murray listed as their quarterback, as the Florida native recorded a high school state championship, was a four-year starter at the University of Georgia, and was later drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in 2014.
Other than being drafted in the XFL, Flowers went undrafted back in 2018 after graduating from USF. He made the Cincinnati Bengals team as a running back, where he spent most of the season on the practice squad. Following the season, he was signed to the Indianapolis Colts before being released just six days later. Despite not truly knowing how the Tampa Bay Vipers plan on using Flowers, there is no question that he may be the most athletic player in the league and will for sure be a fan favorite down in Tampa Bay!
The XFL will begin practice in December prior to a regular season kickoff the week after Super Bowl 54.