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USF’s Quinton Flowers among three local quarterbacks on Tampa Bay Vipers’ 52-man roster

Plant High’s Aaron Murray and Wharton High’s Chase Litton join USF’s career total yardage leader in the quarterback room.
Former USF quarterback Quinton Flowers is on the opening-day 52-man roster for the XFL's Tampa Bay Vipers. [OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times]
Former USF quarterback Quinton Flowers is on the opening-day 52-man roster for the XFL's Tampa Bay Vipers. [OCTAVIO JONES | Times]
Published Jan. 27
Updated Feb. 4

TAMPA ― The Tampa Bay Vipers will carry three quarterbacks with local ties on their 52-man opening-day roster, though just how much traditional work Quinton Flowers logs behind center remains unclear.

Flowers, USF’s career total yardage leader, is listed as a quarterback/running back on the Vipers’ official roster. Released Monday, it follows nearly three weeks of XFL training camp in Houston, and some recent cryptic tweets by Flowers indicating his role with the team isn’t what he envisioned.

The entire roster can be seen here. Flowers joins Plant and University of Georgia alumnus Aaron Murray, former Wharton High/Marshall standout Chase Litton, and Oklahoma State’s Taylor Cornelius as the quartet of quarterbacks the team will carry into its Feb. 9 opener at New York.

Forty-six of the 52 will be activated on game days.

Flowers is the lone Bull on the roster. Former Florida receiver Antonio Callaway, recently picked up via waivers, is among five Gators to make the team.

The Browns’ fourth-round pick in 2018 after a troubled career in Gainesville, Callaway was waived by the Browns last November after a series of substance abuse-related suspensions. Other Gators on the roster are running back Mack Brown, offensive tackle Martez Ivey, tight end DeAndre Goolsby and defensive end CeCe Jefferson.

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Three former UCF players ― defensive back Rannell Hall, linebacker Terrance Plummer and center Jordan McCray ― made the team. Former Miami receiver Stacy Coley is on the roster, while FSU is represented by defensive back Tarvarus McFadden and tailback Jacques Patrick.

No fewer than four bay area high schools are represented on the roster. In addition to Murray and Litton, the team features former Auburn receiver Ryan Davis (Lakewood) and Wyoming safety Robert Priester (Robinson).


  1. A determination to play the position he loves has Tampa Bay Vipers defensive tackle Nikita Whitlock (49) still pushing at age 28. The Vipers play their home opener at 2 p.m. Saturday against Houston at Raymond James Stadium.
  2. The XFL begins its 10-week regular season Feb. 8, one week after the NFL's Super Bowl.
  3. Vipers' Quinton Flowers (9) said it's been difficult to get into a rhythm with quarterbacks moving in and out. Is that why the Vipers have struggled in the red zone so much?
  4. Tampa Bay Vipers defensive coordinator Jerry Glanville drove race cars in between football stints over the years.
  5. Tim Tebow, who is in spring training with the Mets, says he wants to be "all in" on baseball.
  6. A closeup detail view of the XFL ball. (AP Photo/Steve Luciano)
  7. Tampa Bay Vipers quarterback Taylor Cornelius warms up before last week's XFL opener at the New York Guardians.
  8. Tampa Bay Vipers wide receiver Daniel Williams (81) runs off the line during an XFL football game against the New York Guardians, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, in East Rutherford, N.J. The New York Guardians won 23-3.
  9. Former USF quarterbacks B.J. Daniels, left, and Quinton Flowers, right, could square off when Seattle plays host to Tampa Bay in an XFL game Saturday.
  10. Tampa Bay Vipers defensive coordinator Jerry Glanville would prefer to use just one headset to relay plays, but in Sunday's opener he had to use two.
  11. Tampa Bay Vipers quarterback Aaron Murray calls out a play before the ball is snapped during Sunday's season opener against the New York Guardians in East Rutherford, N.J.
  12. XFL television ratings are strong through the opening weekend, with the Vipers' first game doing best nationally.