Commanders use practice with Legends as learning experience

Commanders defensive backs celebrate after a play during Tuesday's practice at Farris Stadium. - photo by Joe Alexander
Commanders defensive backs celebrate after a play during Tuesday’s practice at Farris Stadium. – photo by Joe Alexander
The San Antonio Commanders have been practicing six days a week since Saturday, Jan. 5.

Tuesday’s practice was the first time they faced players from another team. The Commanders and Atlanta Legends held a joint workout at Farris Stadium.

“It’s good to go against someone other than your own team finally,” Commanders defensive lineman Matt Godin said. “It’s a long camp so far. I think definitely both teams got better today. You learn stuff and it definitely helps to improve your technique and everything.”

The energy level went up a notch as players from both sides performed like they had something to prove. Late in the practice things got out of hand and the team-vs.-team portion was cut short.

“It was good energy. It’s one of those things that happens,” Commanders coach Mike Riley said. “You don’t like some of it but do like some of it. We actually got through the majority of what we wanted to do.

“One thing I know is good is when you set up a deal like this it starts getting them back into it. Some of them haven’t been in games for a while. It gets them back into that feeling of what it feels like to compete against somebody else instead of just practicing against yourself. There is actually some nerves involved. So it’s just good practice for getting ready to play a game.”

Godin seemed neither surprised nor worried that that things got intense between the Commanders and Legends.

“We thought that might happen,” Godin said. “You get late into camp and things like that happen. Tempers fly. Two teams just trying to compete. That’s what happened.”

Commanders defensive linemen go through drills at mini-camp

Matthew Godin, a defensive end from Michigan, was me taking pictures. He had a little fun making sure I saw him. - photo by Joe Alexander
Matthew Godin, a defensive end from Michigan, saw me taking pictures. He had a little fun making sure I saw him, too.
Saturday’s final practice of San Antonio Commanders mini-camp saw beautiful weather with sunshine and not much wind. Here is a look at the defensive linemen going through drills with assistant coach Jim McInerney.

Arthur Miley, Ashaad Mabry, Deion Barnes, Herbert Gonzales, John Sheehy, Jordan Wade, Matthew Godin and Winston Craig were going through the defensive line drills.

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 assistant coach Jeff McInerny works with the defensive linemen Saturday at mini-camp. - photo by Joe Alexander
Commanders assistant coach Jeff McInerney works with the defensive linemen Saturday at mini-camp.

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