Logan Woodside sprinted out onto the field at the Alamodome on Saturday night as almost 28,000 fans cheered.
“I just got chills. It was kind of surreal,” Woodside said. “I was excited. The fans were excited and they were into it. It was just an overall great experience.”
For the the first time since the 2017 college season, the former University of Toledo quarterback was starting in a real football game.
“It was unbelievable,” Woodside said. “First the fans came out and supported us. They said 27,000 people were here. It was electric. It was everything I dreamed of.”
Woodside was the San Antonio Commanders’ opening game starter after going through a quarterback competition with Dustin Vaughan and Marquise Williams. Woodside completed 18-of-36 passes for 255 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptioons as the Commanders beat the San Diego Fleet 15-6 in their AAF debut.
“I felt really good. I think we did a great job on offense,” Woodside said. “A couple of the drives stalled out a little bit. I wish we could have had those points in the red zone. But overall I feel good.”
Woodside completed some key passes in the game. He hit Mekale McKay for a 22-yard completion and Greg Ward Jr. with a 37-yard completion.
His biggest play of the night was a 46-yard pass to Alonzo Moore on the last play of the third quarter. That set up a 3-yard scoring run by Kenneth Farrow II for the only touchdown of the game.
“They did a great job,” Woodside said of the Commanders receivers. “They were in the right spots at the right times and made the big plays when we needed to. I went back and watched Greg’s catch. I didn’t know it was that great of a catch until I went back and saw it on Twitter. Just an unbelievable play and all around the guys did a really good job.”
Woodside also survived some tough moments in the game. He was sacked three times and had an interception in the red zone that cost the Commanders points.
“I thought Logan played well,” Commanders coach Mike Riley said. “I thought he made a lot of big plays. I’m sure that just like almost every quarterback in every game would like to have a couple of plays back.
“But I thought he competed really well and, like I said, he made some big plays – made some big plays in the end that were the difference maker.”