Commanders coach Mike Riley, GM Daryl Johnston talk about training camp opening

The San Antonio Commanders gathered at a downtown hotel for training camp, with practices beginning tomorrow. - photo by Joe Alexander
The San Antonio Commanders gathered at a downtown hotel for training camp, with practices beginning tomorrow. – photo by Joe Alexander
Daryl Johnston was sitting by himself Friday afternoon in a hotel conference room filled with helmets, shoulder pads and piles of paperwork.

The San Antonio Commanders general manager was working his cellphone as players and members of the media filtered in and out until head coach Mike Riley showed up.

Then Johnston and Riley stopped their preparations to talk about training camp workouts, which kick off tomorrow.

“Each step of the way it’s become a little clearer of getting started and having a real team and a brand new league,” said Riley, who leads the Commanders into their first season of the Alliance of American Football (AAF).

“All that stuff from the very beginning to getting the chance to go to mini-camp and now getting ready to start practicing with this group tomorrow,” Riley said. “It’s all become clearer and real and we’re excited.”

Commanders coach Mike Riley (left) and GM Daryl Johnston discuss the opening of training camp. - photo by Joe Alexander
Commanders coach Mike Riley (left) and GM Daryl Johnston discuss the opening of training camp.
Johnston’s part of the equation is to put together the Commanders’ roster.

AAF teams can have 75 players on their training camp roster. That number has to cut down to 52 by Sunday, Feb. 3 – six days before the Commanders’ opener at the Alamodome against the San Diego Fleet.

As Johnston was waiting for Friday afternoon’s news gathering to start, he was still looking for players. The Commanders announced both additions and subtractions to the roster on Friday.

“We’ll definitely continue to look,” Johnston said. “I’m actually getting ready to get one more right now. We unfortunately had a couple of guys with injuries that won’t be able to join us. So up until the last minute. We did the same thing in mini-camp.”

Johnston got a first-hand look at the level of talent it takes to reach the NFL during 11 seasons as a fullback for the Dallas Cowboys. He was part of three Super Bowl championship teams and made a name for himself as a smart, hard-nosed blocking back.

“There’s a lot of talented guys out there. But the one thing is you have to love the game of football,” Johnston said. “This is not an easy game. So it’s going to get difficult here in the next couple of days. We want guys who love the grind and embrace the challenge. That part of the football player, the desire and passion for the game, is just as important as the skills.

“If we’re doing our job right, we’re going to have a little bit of roster turnover. Hopefully some of our guys are going to have an opportunity to go to the NFL… That’s what we’re looking to do. We’re looking to provide them the opportunity.”

League notes: With all eight AAF franchises holding training camp in San Antonio, some of the teams will be looking to getting together with other teams in practice. The Commanders are planning to practice or scrimmage against the Atlanta Legends.

Johnston said teams can make trades within the league and some teams already have. His example was if a team had a player with talent, but who didn’t fit into that team’s system but might be a good fit with another AAF team.

San Antonio Commanders helmets are stocked and ready for players at training camp. - photo by Joe Alexander
San Antonio Commanders helmets are stocked and ready for players at training camp.

Commanders GM Daryl Johnston meets season ticket holders

The longest line for autographs was in front of former Dallas Cowboys fullback and current Commanders general manager Daryl "Moose" Johnston. - photo by Joe AlexanderThe San Antonio Commanders signed autographs for season ticket holders at a meet the team event Wednesday at the Alamodome.

The longest line for autographs was in front of former Dallas Cowboys fullback and current Commanders general manager Daryl “Moose” Johnston.

The Commanders open the inaugural Alliance of American Football (AAF) season on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019 at home at the Alamodome against the San Diego Fleet.

Daryl Johnston and Dustin Vaughan talk to ESPN SA about the Commanders

Longtime Dallas Cowboys fullback Daryl "Moose" Johnston was officially introduced as the San Antonio general manager in the Alliance of American Football (AAF). - photo by Joe Alexander
Daryl Johnston
San Antonio Commanders quarterback Dustin Vaughan and general manager Daryl Johnston talked to Jason Minnix and Rob Thompson of The Blitz on ESPN San Antonio (AM 1250) on Wednesday.

Their conversations came the day after the AAF quarterback draft. The Commanders protected Vaughan, a former West Texas A&M quarterback, in the first round of the draft.

Listen to the ESPN San Antonio broadcasts below:
Daryl Johnston talks to The Blitz
Dustin Vaughan talks to The Blitz

Commanders updated front office, coaching staff

Longtime Dallas Cowboys fullback Daryl "Moose" Johnston was officially introduced as the San Antonio general manager in the Alliance of American Football (AAF). - photo by Joe Alexander
Longtime Dallas Cowboys fullback Daryl “Moose” Johnston was officially introduced as the San Antonio general manager in the Alliance of American Football (AAF). – photo by Joe Alexander
Daryl Johnston: General manager
Robert Morris: Director of player personel

Mike Riley: Head coach, offensive coordinator
Lyle Moevao: Quarterbacks
James Rodgers: Running backs
Jonathan Heinbach: Offensive line
Josh Oglesby: Tight ends

Jim Grobe: Defensive coordinator
Jeff McInerny: Defensive line, special teams
Bill Bradley: Defensive backs
Joe Baker: Linebackers
Kenny Watson: Assistant defensive backs

AAF announces new players on San Antonio Commanders roster

San Antonio Commanders
Commanders
The San Antonio Commanders of the Alliance of American Football (AAF) have more roster signings, according to an announcement from the league on Thursday.

Some of these signings had previously been announced by Commanders general manager Daryl Johnston on Twitter. Here are the new players listed:

DeShawn Benton DB East Carolina
Will Hines DB Southeastern Louisiana
Ben Huss G Duquesne
Jovann Letuli G Akron
Patrick Lewis C Texas A&M
Robert Myers LB Minnesota State
Aamir Petrose DE Wesley
John Sheehy DE West Texas A&M
Dimitrios Tsesmetzis TE Western Connecticut State
Oscar White DB Dubuque
Dillion Winfrey DB Central Arkansas

Updated roster

Here are the other signings announced by the league:

ARIZONA
Alsadek Jacob G Arizona
Anau Siupeli DT Northern Arizona
Chappell Devin DB Oregon State
Dunlap Jaylen DB Illinois
Goodman Tony DB Chowan
Jones Davon LB Mississippi Valley State
Judd Jacob C Western Illinois
Latimore Monteze DB Central Missouri
Lee Chris DT Norfolk State
Lee Cameron T Illinois State
Morgan Nyles LB Notre Dame
Ohnesorge Jacob C South Dakota State
Staggers Allenzae WR Southern Mississippi
Teuhema Sione LB Southeastern Louisiana
Williams Bryce TE East Carolina

ATLANTA
Bailey Andrew DT Louisville
Baird Michael G Wisconsin-Platteville
Barnes Tavaris DE Clemson
Barry Dominic LB Western New Mexico
Buchanan Ray DB Northern Iowa
Caskin Andrew TE William & Mary
Clark James WR Ohio State
Crawford Justin RB West Virginia
Dean David DT Virginia
Drennon Dajuan LB North Carolina
Fullum Terrence DT Richmond
Graham Tyson DB South Dakota
Harding Heath DB Miami (OH)
Hart Marvin DB Stony Brook
Howard Darrien DT West Virginia
Hunter Vincent T Jackson State
Jean-Felix Sandley DT Marshall
Johnson Kerron LB Coastal Carolina
Johnson Richard DE Howard
Jones Malachi WR Appalachian State
LaRoche Linkoln DT Bluffton
Larrieux Voghens T Coastal Carolina
Mauger Quincy DB Georgia
Morgan Kye DB Stony Brook
Pagano Scott DT Clemson
Pelletier Troy WR Lehigh
Pertile Brandon T Virginia
Pruehs Jake T Ohio
Samuel Trey RB South Carolina State
Schmidt Matthew T Furman
Sims Tee LB Appalachian State
Thomas Stacy LB Louisville
Westphal Ross G Upper Iowa

BIRMINGHAM
Campbell Elijah DB Northern Iowa
Dallas Jackson C Portland State
Davis Connor TE Stony Brook
Dunn Michael T Maryland
Durr Lashard DB Mississippi State
Duzey Jacob TE Iowa
Graham Larson T Duquesne
Kirven Korren T Alabama
Leslie Darnell LB Monmouth
Outlaw Lonnie WR Miles
Powell Jonathan TE Ouachita Baptist
Sawyer Dante DE South Carolina
Spearman Ike LB Eastern Michigan

MEMPHIS
Hunt Justin WR Marshall
Jeter Colin TE Louisiana State
Jones Quentin DB Lehigh
Luckett Cavellis LB Middle Tennessee State
Maiden Brandon DB Jackson State
Mitchell Tray DB Eastern Illinois
Neal Rajion RB Tennessee
Papilion Luke TE Sioux Falls
Pearson Von WR Tennessee
Perry Kevon DT Louisiana-Lafayette
Roberson Waylon NT Arkansas State
Thomas Dwayne DB Louisiana State
Wallace Trevin T Mississippi Valley State
Walton Hershey DT Temple
Weatherd Chris DE Tennessee
Weaver Macklin DE Eastern Illinois
Williams Owen DT Tennessee

ORLANDO
Ankrah Andrew DE James Madison
Are Kareem G Florida State
Banks Josh DE Wake Forest
Couplin Jerome LB William & Mary
Greathouse Robert DE Southeastern
Hyman Ishmael WR James Madison
Kuhnert Austin T North Dakota State
Miller Jarelle LB Jamestown
Moten Anthony DT Miami
Putu Joseph DB Florida
Sewall Matt WR Bryant
Smith De’Veon RB Michigan
Soulek Kellen DT South Dakota State
Taylor Kelvin RB Florida
Weiser Matt TE Buffalo
Williams Daniel WR Jackson State

SALT LAKE
Asiata Matt RB Utah
Balderree Tanner TE Brigham Young
Bell Kenny WR Nebraska
Brown Diavante DT Liberty
Brown Cody DB Arkansas State
Brown Sean T Mississippi Valley State
Carew Tanner LS Oregon
Carrezola Luke LB Connecticut
Chapman Mark WR Central Michigan
Denham Anthony TE Utah
Dyer Javier DT Reinhardt
Etta Emeka DB Wayne State
Figaro Lubern DB Wisconsin
Hamilton Darius DT Rutgers
Johnson Jeremiah DB Concord (WV)
Jones Marcus DB Northwest Missouri State
Kelly Anthony WR Kutztown
Love Christian DB Henderson State
Luke Robert T Montana
McCulley Ty T Colorado State-Pueblo
Mobley Sam WR Catawba
Monday Demetrius DB Kent State
Nelson Blake LB Colorado-Mesa
Norrils Cheatham DB Toledo
Olmstead D.J. DB Washburn
Pierson De’Mornay WR Nebraska
Poutasi Jeremiah T Utah
Price Darius DB Sienna Heights
Sommerville Khalil DT Buffalo State
Tarver Cameron LB California (PA)
Tiller Aaron LB Southern U.
Webster Javon LB Glenville State
Wieneke Jake WR South Dakota State
Wilson Eddy DE Purdue

SAN DIEGO
Benton Al-Rasheed LB West Virginia
Capers Wayne WR Duquesne
Dixon Derrick DT Southern Mississippi
Duncan Jose DT Rhode Island
Floyd Jevon WR Jackson State
Gandy Jordon WR Murray State
Gonzalez Laquvionte WR Southeastern (FL)
Gross Marvin DB West Virginia
Hill Michael DT Ohio State
Holder Tyree DB Ball State
James Paul RB Rutgers
McKnight Gary WR Northeastern State
Petersen Jonathan

Alliance San Antonio adds players through AAF draft

Alliance San Antonio added players Saturday in the draft of unallocated players by the Alliance of American Football (AAF).

San Antonio general manager Daryl Johnston announced the names of players on Twitter:
@DarylJohnston

Jovann Letuli OT Akron
DaShawn Benton DB East Carolina
Aamir Petrose DE Wesley College
Will Hines DB Southeastern Louisiana
Robert Myers LB Tennessee State
Ben Huss G Duquense
Oscar White DB University of Dubuque
Dimitrios Tsesmetzis TE Western Connecticut State
Dillion Winfrey DB Central Arkansas

San Antonio, AAF make league’s arrival official

San Antonio major Ron Nirenberg (above), AAF founder Charlie Ebersol, Alliance San Antonio head coach Mike Riley and Alliance San Antonio general manager Daryl "Moose" Johnston was all at the news conference. - photo by Joe Alexander– photo by Joe Alexander

Officials from the City of San Antonio and the Alliance of American Football (AAF) held a news conference on Thursday at city hall.

San Antonio major Ron Nirenberg (above), AAF founder Charlie Ebersol, Alliance San Antonio head coach Mike Riley and Alliance San Antonio general manager Daryl “Moose” Johnston was all at the news conference.

AAF announces it’s coming to San Antonio

The Alliance of American Football (AAF) announced Wednesday that it is coming to San Antonio.

The spring football league will play in the Alamodome.

A press conference is scheduled for Thursday at the San Antonio city hall.

Early media reports indicate former San Antonio World League coach Mike Riley will be the head coach. Riley was the head coach at Nebraska the last two seasons. Riley is also a former head coach at Oregon State, the then-San Diego Chargers and in the Canadian Football League.

Daryl “Moose” Johnston is expected to be named San Antonio’s general manager. The former Dallas Cowboys fullback was working for FOX as an NFL analyst.