San Antonio Commanders quarterback Dalton Sturm had recently taken time off from throwing due to an elbow issue.
That included watching as the team’s other three quarterbacks went through passing drills at mini-camp in December.
But the former UTSA starting quarterback has been throwing four straight days in training camp. Sturm reported after Tuesday’s practice at Central Catholic that he feels good passing the ball.
“It feels good. It’s not hurting me at all,” Sturm said. “I’m going out there, I’m able to make every throw I was before.”
A question mark was not only would Sturm be throwing when training camp started, but how he would feel the next morning after he tested his arm on Saturday.
“It was a little sore. I hadn’t thrown in about six weeks,” Sturm said. “That’s just normal. Coming out now, I’m feeling good and I’m ready to hit the ground running.”
Commanders head coach Mike Riley said on Monday he has been impressed with Sturm’s history and his performance so far in training camp.
“I love Dalton. Dalton’s got a good story behind him,” Riley said. “He walked on, won the spot, won games, has records at his school UTSA. I think he’s got a lot of self confidence and I think he understands the quarterback position.
“I’ve been impressed since we really didn’t get to see him at mini camp when all his arm issues were going on. Seeing him out here and watching it all take place, I think it’s very interesting that way. I think that we’ve been fortunate in the quarterbacks we got in this league.”
All four quarterbacks in camp – Sturm, Dustin Vaughan, Marquise Williams and Logan Woodside – seem to be enjoying the quarterback competition. On the field they look like the foursome is a friendly group.
“I really like it. I’ve known Logan (Woodside) for a long time, Dustin (Vaughan) is my roommate at camp so being able to compete with him out here is great,” Sturm said. “Marquise (Williams) is a really good dude so being able to compete with these guys each and every day is awesome.
“We’re all shooting for the same thing and we’re all trying to be the best quarterback we can be at the same time. Being able to try and earn that starting job alongside these guys, while working with them and learning with them is just a great opportunity.”
Training camp report: Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019
It was a hazy but sunny day and the warmest of training camp yet, getting up to about 78 degrees at Central Catholic High School’s football stadium. That might be the hottest day for a while. San Antonio is forecast to see cooler weather the rest of the week.
No pads, no helmets
The players went through the first two training camp practices on Saturday and Sunday with helmets, but no pads. Monday they added shoulder pads. Tuesday they were down to only jerseys. The coaches used the non-contact practice to focus on teaching offensive and defensive schemes.
Sounds like coaching
There are certain things you hear at practice that stick out. A favorite is receivers coach Keith Williams calling one of his player a “rascal” after a good play or a “dirty rascal” after a great play.
Wisdom from head coach Mike Riley on Tuesday: “All the parts will fit in some day.”
Looking like a coach
Commanders receiver Riley Smith, who suffered a hamstring injury on the first day of training camp, wasn’t dressed out Tuesday. He was still with is fellow receivers, wearing black shorts and t-shirt and a Commanders cap, and could have passed for an assistant coach.
Speaking of coaches
There continued to be a large number of college coaches surrounding the practice field. Coaches from around the country are in San Antonio for the American Football Coaches Association convention.
Commanders waive Hawkins
The Commanders terminated the rights of offensive lineman Donald Hawkins via the waiver system. Hawkins was a 6-foot-4, 310-pound guard from Texas and wore No. 77.
First day for fans
Fans are now welcome to sit in the stands and watch practice. Tuesday was the first day of the open-door policy for the fans at all of the AAF training camps. There were a few in the stands at Central Catholic. Commanders practices on Wednesday and Thursday are scheduled for 11:30 a.m.