Happy holidays and remember …

San Antonio Commanders players going through timed sprints during the first mini-camp workout on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018. - photo by Joe Alexander
San Antonio Commanders players going through timed sprints during the first mini-camp workout on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018.
While most of us are enjoying the weekend and then the Christmas holiday, hundreds of football players across the country are using this time to get into peak shape for Alliance of American Football training camps.

For some of the players, a chance to make it with one of the eight AAF teams – including the San Antonio Commanders – is their last chance to keep alive their dream of being a professional football player.

Happy holidays and good luck in the new year.

– Joe Alexander

Running back Aaron Green at Commanders mini-camp

Former Madison High School and TCU running back Aaron Green goes through drills at San Antonio Commanders mini-camp in December at the University of the Incarnate Word's Benson Stadium. - photo by Joe AlexanderFormer Madison High School and TCU running back Aaron Green goes through drills at San Antonio Commanders mini-camp in December at the University of the Incarnate Word’s Benson Stadium.
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.

CBS to broadcast first Commanders game

The Alliance of American Football (AAF) announced Thursday that CBS will broadcast the San Antonio Commanders’ first game.

The Commanders play the San Diego Fleet on Saturday, Feb. 9, at 7 p.m. Central time in the Alamodome.

The broadcast team includes Spero Dedes on play-by-play, Trent Green and Tiki Barber as analysts and Jamie Erdahl as sideline reporter.
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Quarterback Dustin Vaughan at Commanders mini-camp

Former West Texas A&M quarterback Dustin Vaughan goes through quarterback drills at San Antonio Commanders mini-camp at the University of the Incarnate Word's Benson Stadium. - photo by Joe AlexanderFormer West Texas A&M quarterback Dustin Vaughan goes through drills at San Antonio Commanders mini-camp at the University of the Incarnate Word’s Benson Stadium.

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.

Commanders roster changes since mini-camp: Dec. 19, 2018

The San Antonio Commanders held five practices in three days at mini-camp beginning at Dec. 13, 2018, at the University of the Incarnate Word's Benson Stadium. - photo by Joe Alexander
The San Antonio Commanders held five practices in three days at mini-camp.
The San Antonio Commanders were required to cut their 85-man mini-camp roster down to 75 – the limit AAF teams can take into training camp in January.

Since mini-camp ended on Saturday, here are the roster changes as of Wednesday afternoon based on the team roster on aaf.com:

FORMER PLAYERS

Tayo Fabuluje, T, TCU
Tim Gardner, T, Alcorn State
Jamari Gilbert, DB, Incarnate Word
Kennan Gilchrist, LB, Appalachian State
Herbert Gonzales, NT, Texas State
Jarod Haynes, K, East Central (OK)
Will Hines, DB, Southeastern Louisiana
Jordan Holland, DB, Prairie View A&M
Ben Huss, G, Duquense
Austin Jordan, TE, Texas A&M-Commerce
Justice Liggins, WR, Stephen F. Austin
Josh McPhearson, RB, Penn State
Max Mickey, RB, Sioux Falls
Tristan Nickelson, T, Texas
Khiry Robinson, RB, West Texas A&M
Brandon Shed, WR, Hobart
Dimitrios Tsesmetzis, TE, Western Connecticut State
Jordan Wade, NT, Oklahoma
Dillion Winfrey, DB, Central Arkansas

NEW PLAYERS

Daly, Scott LS Notre Dame
Louis, Yedidiah WR Sam Houston State
Machorro, Jared T Texas A&M – Commerce
Orr, Nick DB Texas Christian
Robinson, Jevoni TE Berry
Smith, Derron DB Fresno State
Washington, Shaan LB Texas A&M
Temple, Nick LB Cincinnati

Current Commanders roster

Quarterback Marquise Williams at Commanders mini-camp

Former North Carolina quarterback Marquise Williams was selected by the San Antonio Commanders in the second round of the AAF protect-or-pick QB draft. He goes through drills at the Commanders' mini-camp in December at the University of the Incarnate Word's Benson Stadium. - photo by Joe AlexanderFormer North Carolina quarterback Marquise Williams was selected by the San Antonio Commanders in the second round of the protect-or-pick QB draft. He goes through drills at the Commanders’ mini-camp in December at the University of the Incarnate Word’s Benson Stadium.

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.

Commanders quarterback Logan Woodside at mini-camp

Logan Woodside, a quarterback from Toledo, goes through drills during the San Antonio Commanders mini-camp in December at the University of the Incarnate Word's Benson Stadium.
Logan Woodside, a quarterback from Toledo, goes through drills during the San Antonio Commanders mini-camp in December at the University of the Incarnate Word’s Benson Stadium.

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.

Former UTSA quarterback Dalton Sturm at Commanders mini-camp

Former UTSA quarterback Dalton Sturm takes part in drill last week during the San Antonio Commanders mini-camp.Former UTSA quarterback Dalton Sturm takes part in a drill last week during the San Antonio Commanders mini-camp. Sturm was not throwing during the mini-camp. Commanders coach Mike Riley said Sturm would be held out of throwing until training camp opens in January due to an elbow issue.

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.

Cornerback drills at Commanders mini-camp

Commanders cornerback Jamari Gilbert, a former University of the Incarnate Word player, goes for the ball during a mini-camp practice. - photo by Joe Alexander
Commanders cornerback Jamari Gilbert, a former University of the Incarnate Word player, goes for the ball.
San Antonio Commanders cornerbacks went through their drills on Saturday morning in the final practice of mini-camp.

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.

Who is the Commanders’ top quarterback?

Commanders coach talks about the team's performance in mini-camp after the final practice on Saturday. - photo by Joe Alexander
Commanders coach Mike Riley talks about the team’s performance in mini-camp after the final practice on Saturday.
After the final practice of San Antonio Commanders mini-camp, I asked head coach Mike Riley if anyone stood out as the top quarterback. He didn’t name a player, but his answer was interesting.

“Even if I knew I wouldn’t tell you right now,” Riley said. He laughed when he said that. “That’s a good question. It’s just something that we’re going to let play out through time.

“Once we get these guys and you go 75 at camp it’s really open competition once again. We want them all to feel like they have opportunity. When people feel like they have opportunity I think you get the most out of them.”

Earlier in mini-camp, Riley said he was pleased with the way the quarterbacks looked. He repeated that viewpoint after Saturday’s final workout.

“They did a nice job,” Riley said. “I think we got a foundation at that position that’s going to be good for us to carry over into camp.”

During the Alliance of American Football (AAF) protect or pick quarterback draft earlier this month, the Commanders protected Dustin Vaughan in the first round. They picked Marquise Williams in the second round and Logan Woodside in the third round.

The team protected former UTSA quarterback Dalton Sturm in the fourth round.

All four quarterbacks have participated in the mini-camp, but Sturm has not been throwing due to what has been called an elbow issue. Riley said earlier in the week that Sturm would not be throwing until training camp in January.

Commanders quarterbacks Dustin Vaughan (left) and Marquise Williams go through a passing drill Thursday during the first practice of mini-camp. - photo by Joe Alexander
Commanders quarterbacks Dustin Vaughan (left) and Marquise Williams go through a passing drill Thursday during the first practice of mini-camp.