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24th August 2019

AAF: San Antonio Commanders Preview

With under two weeks remaining until the inaugural Alliance of American Football (AAF) season commences – we here at Lazy Fan are going to give you the lowdown of each franchise that comprise the AAF league.

If you are still to select a team to follow in this year’s AAF league – take a look at our guide on choosing an AAF side.

San Antonio’s Newest Side

In this article, we will placing the San Antonio Commanders under the microscope after their recent confirmation of their 52-man roster, which can be found here.

The Texan outfit will be coached by Mike Riley and former Dallas Cowboys great, Daryl Johnston, will serve as General Manager for the Commander’s opening season as part of the new 8-team AAF league.

The Commanders will be playing their home games at the Alamodome with team colours consisting of: Maroon, red, silver & white.

San Antonio Commanders helmet
(The Commanders team colours shown by their team helmet |Source: Wikipedia)

Just like every other team in the AAF, San Antonio controls player rights by region and not through a national drafting system as in the NFL. The Commanders have the players rights for the following college teams:

 Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Baylor, Rice, Houston, SMU, TCU, North Texas, UTSA, Texas State, Abilene Christian, Houston Baptist, Incarnate Word, Lamar, Prairie View A&M, Sam Houston State, Stephen F. Austin, Texas Southern, Angelo State, Midwestern State, Tarleton State, Texas A&M-Commerce, Texas A&M-Kingsville, Texas-Permian Basin, West Texas A&M.

In addition to the colleges above, players rights hailing from unaffiliated colleges would move onto their most recent pro football experience. For this, San Antonio controls: Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, Kansas City Chiefs and Saskatchewan (CFL).

Head Coach

As mentioned previously, at the helm of the Commander’s for the inaugural AAF season will be Mike Riley. Previously, Riley was coaching the Nebraska Cornhuskers football team which represents the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, from 2015-17.

Riley has also spent many years coaching within professional leagues, most notably his time spent in the NFL with the San Diego Chargers in 1999-2001, in which he mustered a record of 14-34. He was subsequently sacked three years into a five year spell, and became assistant coach in 2002 at the New Orlean Saints’, before returning to college ball.

Roster Selection

After Wednesday’s announcement from the Commanders that they had trimmed their squad down to the 52-man roster ahead of their season opener on the 9th of February at home against San Diego Fleet – the biggest news was that concerning their QB’s.

In the decision making of cutting 21 players from their squad in order to meet the 52-man limit – Johnston and co were going to have to slim down their QB options, a position that before the cut they had 4 of.

The head to the chopping block was to be Dalton Sturm, who was also cut from the 2018 training camp of the Dallas Cowboys’. Sturm had set UTSA passing records as the starting quarterback for three seasons whilst in a Roadrunners uniform, Sturm threw for 5,768 yards and 49 touchdowns, adding another 1,227 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground.

However it seems that playing through an elbow injury during training camp had forced Johnston, a three-time Super bowl winner, to axe Sturm from their roster whilst admitting:

“It’s not going to be surprising to me at all to see Dalton Sturm get picked up by somebody (else)”.

To see the rest of the players whom comprise this year’s San Antonio Commanders click here.

With the season commencing just a week after the NFL season comes to a close with the Super bowl, find out how you can access AAF and view the games wherever you are around the world right here in our AAF App insider.

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