Commanders’ running game powered by former Texas high school players

San Antonio Commanders running back Aaron Green played at Madison High School and TCU. - photo by Joe Alexander
San Antonio Commanders running back Aaron Green played at Madison High School and TCU. – photo by Joe Alexander
Part of the plan for the Alliance of American Football is to give teams a regional flavor.

The San Antonio Commanders get plenty of that from their ball carriers. When the Commanders cut their 75-man training camp roster down to 52 for the regular season, the list of holdovers included all four running running backs from the state of Texas still on the roster.

“We like to be balanced. We want to be able to be able to run the ball,” Commanders head coach Mike Riley said. “We feel like we have good runners. We have four guys who made the team, which is probably a little unusual. We felt like those were four of our best football players, so that’s the direction we went with them.”

All four of the running backs played high school football in the state: Aaron Green is from San Antonio and played in college at TCU, Kenneth Farrow II is from Hurst and played in college at Houston, David Cobb is from Killeen and played in college at Minnesota and Trey Williams is from Spring and played in college at Texas A&M.

“I think we’re all different in our way,” Green said. “I think we’re all extremely good. At any given moment any of us can take the ball to the house. Everybody in the backfield is pretty much a starter so it’s pretty much up to the coaches to look at our talent and give us roles.”

Green is also working with the punt return and punt coverage units.

“Anywhere they need me I can do it,” Green said. “Special teams is actually something I enjoy doing.”

His NFL game experience is two games seeing special teams action with the Rams in 2016.

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