In a series of moves on Tuesday, the XFL’s Dallas Renegades waived former Denton Guyer star quarterback Jerrod Heard.
Bob Stoops declared that Heard would be an exciting player to have on the roster before the season even started. As a two-time state champion with Guyer and a former Texas Longhorn, Heard was expected to be an immediate playmaker at the start of the rebooted XFL league.
With Guyer, Heard finished his career with over 6,500 tasing yards, around 5,000 rushing yards and a combined 134 touchdowns. With Texas, Heard played in all 12 games (starting 10) as a redshirt freshman where he set a school record for total yards in a game with 527-yards in a 45-44 loss to California.
Switching roles, Heard was moved to a receiver position his sophomore year at Texas. Looking back on it, Heard has said that the move felt “rushed”. In three seasons with Texas, Heard completed 57 receptions for 537-yards and six combined scores.
Drafted as a receiver with the Renegades, Stoops and Heard were excited about the possibility of a dual threat situation. In the season opening loss to St. Louis, Heard had four targets and one reception for 10 yards then nothing in the two weeks since. In his second game, Heard role as a returner was taken away after the first punt return where Heard bobbled the ball. Heard recovered the situation, but Flynn Nagel quickly took his spot and has held the role since.
Tuesday as Dallas began making roster changes, Heard was one of the topics of conversation. Dallas waived Heard and replaced him with another former quarterback- Armanti Edwards. Edwards led Appalachian State to un upset road win over No. 5 Michigan when he was in college. With experience in the NFL, CFL and the XFL’s “Team 9” practice squad, the Renegades signed him to their team.
Dallas (2-1) will face undefeated Houston on Sunday at Globe Life Park at 3 p.m. without Heard on the roster.