WATCH: Aaron Murray, Matt McGloin featured in XFL promo video
It won't be long before the inaugural season of Vince McMahon's XFL reboot is underway.
The league released its 2020 regular-season schedule, which runs from February-April, on Tuesday, and a quarterback battle will be at the heart of the inaugural contest on Feb. 9.
Former Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray and former Penn State Matt McGloin will go head-to-head when the Tampa Bay Vipers face the New York Guardians to kick-off the action just one week after Super Bowl Sunday. A preview video released by the XFL on Wednesday was heavy on the college highlights for each quarterback.
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Murray, now with the Vipers, played at Georgia from 2010-2013, where he set a record as the SEC's all-time leading passer with 13,166 yards across four seasons as the team's starter. The Bulldogs reached the SEC Championship Game in back-to-back seasons with Murray at the helm in 2011 and 2012. He went on to be drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft, but has been out of the league since 2017.
The Tampa native most recently played for Atlanta Legends earlier in 2019, part of the short-lived Alliance of American Football that folded in April. Murray has also served as an analyst on the SEC Network.
McGloin, meanwhile, played at Penn State from 2010-2012 after arriving at the program as a walk-on. As a senior in 2012, McGloin -- in his first year as the team's full-time starter -- etched his name in the Penn State history books with a school-record 3,271 passing yards and 270 completions en route to an 8-4 finish for the Nittany Lions. McGloin finished his Penn State career as the program's second all-time leading passer with 6,390 passing yards and as the program's all-time leader in touchdown passes with 46 under his belt.
McGloin went undrafted in 2013, but he went on to sign with the Oakland Raiders ultimately made the roster. McGloin spent four seasons in Oakland from 2013-2016. He also had brief stints with the Philadelphia Eagles, Houston Texans and Kansas City Chiefs, but McGloin never saw playing time with any of those three teams. McGloin has been manning the sidelines as the third member of the Penn State Radio Network team on Saturdays this fall,
Murray and McGloin are just two of many quarterbacks in the XFL who enjoyed successful college careers, but didn't pan out in the NFL. Among the other signal-callers putting their cleats back on with the XFL include former Oklahoma's Landry Jones and Ohio State's Cardale Jones. Landry Jones will be reuniting with his college coach, Bob Stoops, who accepted the head coaching job for the Dallas Renegades earlier in 2019. Stoops retired from Oklahoma in June 2017 after spending 18 seasons as the Sooners' head coach.
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