The XFL starts in a few weeks and I wanted to start looking at our Wildcats that will be playing in the inaugural season of the new XFL. First up is a player that ended up transferring from Kentucky to go to Oklahoma for his final year, Jeff Badet.
Badet was a 3 star recruit coming out of Orlando in the 2013 class. He had offers from UCLA, Louisville, Boston College, and USF among others. He joined Mark Stoops for his first year at Kentucky and saw some success getting the ball from Jalen Whitlow and Max Smith in Neal Brown’s new “Air Raid” offense. In his second game, Badet scored his first collegiate touchdown on a 56 yard pass from Max Smith against Miami (Ohio). He finished his freshman season with 22 catches for 285 yards and that one lone touchdown. The season for Kentucky ended with a 2-10 record and it would remain the same in year two of Stoops and Badet. Badet got injured in an early spring practice and was redshirted during that 2014 season. the 2015 season saw a production increase as the offense was under Patrick Towles and Shannon Dawson. He totaled 29 catches for 430 yards and two touchdowns as the team turned in a 5 win season. In 2016 Badet led the receiving corps in yards with 670 on 31 catches and he doubles his touchdown total from the previous year to 4. The team improved again to end up with a 7 win season and it’s first bowl appearance since 2010. That growth was not enough for Badet and he seeked a transfer and found a landing spot in Oklahoma where he ended up catching passes from Baker Mayfield and totaled 26 catches for 400 yards and 3 touchdowns.
In his professional career, Badet initially signed as an undrafted free agent with the Vikings. He played in all four preseason games totaling 5 catches and 34 yards. He then spent the year on the practice squad and was eventually courted by the Jets which caused the Vikings to give a bonus on top of the base $495,000 to keep him. It was reported that that amount was $75,000. He played in two 2019 preseason games for the Vikings only catching one pass for 7 yards but suffered a groin injury that ultimately cost him a roster spot.
Fast forward to October of last year, Badet was picked 4th overall in the skill phase by the Dallas Renegades. Throughout the fall and winter, XFL teams have been holding camps and even had a few preseason games. For the Renegades, Badet has been a standout during the preseason and looks like he’s on track to be a star for the league. He’s recently garnered a lot of attention for his visors he has used this winter.
Badet will join Austin MacGinnis on the Renegades roster and we will profile Austin later this week.