QB Appleby reports he signed with Alliance San Antonio

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.”

Full story on CantonRep.com

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.

Stats from sports-reference.com

Austin Appleby on Twitter: @aappleby12

AAF assigns three players to San Antonio

The Alliance of American Football (AAF) had a uniform on display Thursday to announce the spring league's arrive in San Antonio. - photo by Joe Alexander
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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

Allocating players to Alliance San Antonio

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:

Phase 1:

College experience:
UTSA
Incarnate Word
Texas
Texas A&M
Oklahoma
Baylor
Rice
Houston
SMU
TCU
North Texas
Texas State
Abilene Christian
Houston Baptist
Lamar
Prairie View A&M
Sam Houston State
Stephen F. Austin
Texas Southern
Angelo State
Midwestern State
Tarleton State
Texas A&M-Commerce
Texas A&M-Kingsville
Texas-Permian Basin
West Texas A&M

Phase 2:

NFL:
Cowboys
Texans
Chiefs
Eagles

CFL:
Saskatchewan

Want to try out for the AAF?

The Alliance of American Football (AAF) is giving the players the opportunity to try out for the league.

The professional spring football league has announced four dates for combines. The closest one to San Antonio is set for Aug. 18, 2018, in Houston.

There is also a combine set for Aug. 4 in Los Angeles and two days, Aug. 25-26, in Atlanta.

See more information or register for a combine at:
combine.aaf.com/

Riley returns to coach in San Antonio

Mike Riley returns to San Antonio as a head coach in the Alliance of American Football. - photo by Joe Alexander– photo by Joe Alexander

Mike Riley was introduced Thursday as the head coach of the Alliance San Antonio football team.

Riley previously coached in San Antonio as part of the World League, which was owned by the NFL. Since then, Riley has had stops as a head coach at Oregon State, Nebraska and the San Diego Chargers.

“We had great fans when I was here,” Riley said. “We want to put together a great product.

“This is the place for me. I love it. I’m glad that I’m back.”

San Antonio, AAF make league’s arrival official

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. - photo by Joe Alexander– photo by Joe Alexander

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.

Former NFL star introduces first Alliance San Antonio coach

Former Pittsburgh Steelers Pro Bowl wide receiver Hines Ward was on hand to introduce the first head coach of Alliance San Antonio: Mike Riley. - photo by Joe Alexander– photo by Joe Alexander

Former Pittsburgh Steelers Pro Bowl wide receiver Hines Ward (above) was on hand Thursday to introduce the first head coach of Alliance San Antonio: Mike Riley.

“This guy is a football genius in every aspect of the game,” Ward said.

Riley previously coached in San Antonio as part of the World League.

The announcement was made at a news conference for the Alliance of American Football at San Antonio City Hall.

Riley’s return to San Antonio had been reported earlier by a number of media outlets.