The hours are ticking down until Saturday night.
It’s finally closing in on game day for former Calallen and West Texas A&M quarterback Dustin Vaughan, who arrived in San Antonio in mid-December for Commanders mini-camp.
He and 74 teammates returned to town in the beginning of January for training camp.
At long last it’s game week for Vaughan and the rest of the players on the Commanders’ 52-man regular-season roster. The Commanders open the season Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Alamodome against the San Diego Fleet.
“I feel like we’re definitely preparing for it like we’re supposed to,” Vaughan said. “We’ve got a whole week here to get prepared, but we’re ready to start playing games. I know everyone is excited about this upcoming game on Saturday. We’re using this week to prepare for that and we’re definitely ready.
“It feels good just as a player because you can focus on game preparation, you’re not necessarily worried about am I going to make it, am I not going to make it. Getting through that point in time, obviously that point in time is important, and training camp and preparation of the installs of the offense and defense and that sort of thing.”
Because it is the first season of the Alliance of American Football (AAF), and because the Commanders will be in their first game, some details haven’t been settled. As of the end of Tuesday’s practice at Central Catholic High School, the team hadn’t publicly released a depth chart. Commanders coach Mike Riley hadn’t officially named a starting quarterback between Vaughan, Marquise Williams and Logan Woodside.
“We have a good idea how we’re going to do it,” Riley said. “We have let these guys play with even turns all the way through and I expect all these guys to be ready to play. Then we’ll see exactly how that will work as the season goes.”
For the moment, Vaughan and the Commanders have shifted their primary focus from just learning the team’s system and making the team to getting ready for the Fleet.
“This is game preparation. We’re actually preparing to play against another opponent as part of a regular season,” Vaughan said. “It feels good to be out here preparing with the 51 other guys that we’ve got on this team.”
San Antonio Commanders report the following players did not participate in practice today:
RB Trey Williams (Foot)
CB Jordan Thomas (Thigh)
S Derron Smith (Foot)
San Diego Fleet report the following players were limited in practice today:
41 Travis Feeney (Elbow)
28 Curtis Mikell (Ankle)
81 Nelson Spruce (Calf)