Former Purdue and University of Florida quarterback Austin Appleby announced on Twitter on Wednesday that he has signed with Alliance San Antonio.
Appleby signed with the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent last year and was cut in June 2017. His connection with the Cowboys put him in a position to be assigned to San Antonio by the Alliance of American Football (AAF).
“I kind of got caught up in a numbers situation and it wasn’t meant to be,” Appleby said in a May story on CantonRep.com. “In Dallas, I was playing a really high level of football and I proved to myself in that limited amount of time that I can play in that league.”
Appleby played in 16 games at Purdue: one as a freshman in 2013, 10 as a sophomore in 2014 and five as a junior in 2015. In 2014 he completed 144 of 272 for passes (52.9 percent) for 1,449 yards and 10 touchdowns. In 2015 he completed 119 of 207 passes (57.5 percent) for 1,260 yards and eight touchdowns.
He played his senior season at Florida in 2016. He saw action in nine games and completed 127 of 209 passes (60.8 percent) for 1,447 yards and 10 touchdowns.
So excited to announce I have signed with the San Antonio Team in the Alliance of American Football League! Thank you GM Darryl Johnston and Head Coach Mike Riley for the opportunity! It’s truly an honor and I’m fired up to get to work! #JoinTheAlliance@TheAAFpic.twitter.com/GUSE1LVJrr
The Alliance of American Football (AAF) on Monday released a list of its first 100 players – including three who are assigned to Alliance San Antonio.
Incarnate Word punter Joseph Zema is the first player from a local university to be assigned to Alliance San Antonio.
Sergio Castillo, a kicker from West Texas A&M, and Matthew Godin, a defensive tackle from Michigan were also assigned to Alliance San Antonio.
Zema was named top punter in NCAA Division I FCS for the 2017 season. More information on the UIW website: uiwcardinals.com
Castillo played his final season at West Texas A&M in 2013. He made 38 of 49 field goals in his career with a long of 56 and converted 174 of 177 extra-points.
Godin played in 13 games as a senior at Michigan in 2016 and recorded 18 solo tackles, 9 assists and 1.0 sacks. Godin spent last season with the Houston Texans, but did not play in any games due to an ACL injury. The Texans listed him as a 6-foot-6, 295-pound defensive end.
The full list of the first 100 AAF players is available on the AAF website: aaf.com
The Alliance of American Football (AAF) has announced its procedure for allocating players to specific teams.
The system is based on college and pro affiliations of the players.
Here are the college and pro teams that will feed players to Alliance San Antonio:
Prairie View A&M
Sam Houston State
Stephen F. Austin
West Texas A&M
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Officials from the City of San Antonio and the Alliance of American Football (AAF) held a news conference on Thursday at city hall.
San Antonio major Ron Nirenberg (above), AAF founder Charlie Ebersol, Alliance San Antonio head coach Mike Riley and Alliance San Antonio general manager Daryl “Moose” Johnston was all at the news conference.