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story.lead_photo.caption Wyoming linebacker Lucas Wacha warms up before the start of an NCAA college football game against New Mexico in Albuquerque, N.M., Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016. Wacha is a Pleasant Grove graduate. Photo by Associated Press

In its inaugural season, the XFL will have its draft next week.

The league released its player pool of potential draftees, and on that list will be a familiar name to people inside Texarkana.

Former Pleasant Grove and University of Wyoming standout Lucas Wacha — the brother of St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha — will have his chance being selected on Oct. 15 and 16 when eight teams make their picks.

The linebacker earned multiple recognitions at Pleasant Grove, including District 15-3A Defensive MVP, First Team All-Northeast Texas and First Team All-District 15-3A during his time donning the Hawk uniform.

Lucas, who also signed with the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted rookie in 2017, last played professionally in the Canadian Football League in 2018, where he finished the season with 20 total tackles and a sack with limited playtime.

During his four years playing linebacker at Wyoming, Lucas finished with 344 tackles, including 108 his senior season, and recorded four sacks.

American Team linebacker Lucas Wacha, a Pleasant Grove graduate, fights his way toward a receiver during the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl on Jan. 21 at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.
Photo by Associated Press


Alpha Entertainment announced the formation of the XFL in 2018. The league will have a 10-week season, which is expected to begin in early February 2020 — sometime after the Super Bowl. After the regular season, two playoff games are scheduled for April 18 and 19, with a championship game slated for April 26.



— (Washington) DC Defenders

— St. Louis BattleHawks

— Seattle Dragons

— New York Guardians

— Houston Roughnecks

— Tampa Bay Vipers

— Dallas Renegades

— Los Angeles Wildcats



The following are potential rule differences between the XFL and NFL:

— More than one forward pass, as long as the passes come from behind the line of scrimmage.

— No fair catches. Returner will be granted a minimum of five yards of space to catch the ball.

— No extra points, but there are opportunities for one-point, two-point and three-point plays after a touchdown. After a team scores, it has the choice to line up for a play from the 2-, 5- or 10-yard line depending on the number of points it wants to go for.

— The clock would run continuously until the two-minute mark, at which time the clock would stop after all scrimmage plays.

— 25-second play clock.

— 30-second instant replay clock.

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