Commanders defense vs. Stallions photo gallery

Commanders defensive back De'Vante Bausby celebrates a play during Saturday's victory over the Salt Lake Stallions at the Alamodome. - photo by Joe Alexander
Commanders defensive back De’Vante Bausby celebrates a play during Saturday’s victory over the Salt Lake Stallions at the Alamodome. – photo by Joe Alexander
The San Antonio Commanders defense allowed only one touchdown for the second week in a row in Saturday’s 19-15 victory over the Salt Lake Stallions at the Alamodome.

The Stallions scored their lone touchdown in the final two minutes of the game.

While Salt Lake quarterback Josh Woodrum rallied his team for the late score, the Stallions didn’t have a lot going on offense for much of the game. The Commanders held the Stallions to 49 yards rushing.

Woodrum passed for 229 yards but was sacked twice and officially threw one interception. He was also intercepted on a crucial two-point conversion after the Stallions touchdown (that does not count on the statistics as an interception because it was on the conversion).

Duke Thomas had the Commanders’ interception with a 24-yard return. De’Vante Bausby had the interception on the conversion and returned it the distance to give the Comanders two points.

Commanders linebackers Jayrone Elliott and Danny Ezechukwu both caused fumbles. Elliott and Austin Larkin recorded quarterback sacks.

Commanders linebackers at work; Nick Temple on returning to Alamodome

Commanders linebacker Nick Temple at practice Thursday at the Alamodome. - photo by Joe Alexander
Commanders linebacker Nick Temple (55) at practice Thursday at the Alamodome. – photo by Joe Alexander
The San Antonio Commanders are getting ready to do something they haven’t done in a month – play a home football game.

Commanders linebacker Nick Temple identified the key difference this weekend.

“The fans really,” Temple said. “The community here is amazing. They’re behind us. It’s Texas football.”

The Commanders are leading the league in attendance, but haven’t broken the 30,000 attendance mark yet. That will likely change Saturday at 7 p.m. when the Commanders play in the Alamodome against the Salt Lake Stallions.

“We love it when we come back home. It’s always rocking in here,” Temple said. “The last game we had almost 30,000. It’s going to be good.”

The Commanders currently sit at the top of the AAF West with a 4-2 record. The Commanders have a three-game win streak with all three victories coming on the road.

“From defense, offense and special teams, we’re playing in all three phases,” Temple said. “For us to come in and win those games, it’s always tough to win on the road. Any time you win on the road and come back home, it’s always going to be big.”

The Commanders have four games remaining in the regular season. They are one game ahead of the San Diego Fleet and Arizona Hotshots (both 3-3) in the West. Salt Lake is 2-4. The top two teams in each conference advance to the playoffs.

“Everybody in the league is close,” Temple said. “Everybody is good. Right now the No. 1 team is not far from the No. 2 team. Us winning can just boost our momentum going into the playoffs.”

Commanders linebackers at training camp photo gallery

Linebackers got to work head-to-head against running backs and tight ends at Sunday's practice. - photo by Joe Alexander
Kennan Gilchrist (50) and the rest of the linebackers got to work head-to-head against blocks from running backs and tight ends at Sunday’s practice. – photo by Joe Alexander
The San Antonio Commanders went through Sunday’s training camp practice in pads. That gave them the chance to do some hitting.

Linebackers went through some drills where they took on blocks from running backs and tight ends.

Here are the 12 linebackers currently on the training camp roster:
58 Arthur Brown, Kansas State
98 Jayrone Elliott, Toledo
56 Danny Ezechukwu, Purdue
50 Kennan Gilchrist, Appalachian State
43 Joe Lanning, Iowa State
53 Austin Larkin, Purdue
51 Robert Myers, Minnesota State-Mankato
59 Aamir Petrose, Wesley
52 Ed Shockley, Villanova
55 Nick Temple, Cincinnati
54 Shaan Washington, Texas A&M
40 Jaboree Williams, Wake Forest

Note: The Commanders announced today that Kennan Gilchrist changed numbers from 47 to 50.

Nick Temple trying to make big impression with Commanders

Former University of Cincinnati lineback Nick Temple at San Antonio Commanders training camp. - photo by Joe Alexander
Former University of Cincinnati lineback Nick Temple at San Antonio Commanders training camp. – photo by Joe Alexander
A first glance at Nick Temple doesn’t make you think linebacker.

He might more easily pass for a running back or a safety.

But the 5-foot-10, 216-pounder from the University of Cincinnati has made an impression at San Antonio Commanders camp.

“I like Nick. He brings a ton of energy,” Commanders coach Mike Riley said. “He’s got some unique skills as far as his quickness on the edge and his ability to see stuff happen and make plays.

“He’s a little bit shorter but he’s not small. He’s pretty well put together. He’s got a lot of compensating factors for not being 6-5.”

Since his college days, Temple had a look from the Cincinnati Bengals and spend time with two CFL teams.

With the Commanders, Temple is focusing on his tackling and making more plays.

“I’m not the biggest guy, but I do know how to work my strengths and I work on my weaknesses,” Temple said. “I work on my weaknesses more. It all equals out here on the field.”

Temple’s player bio at Cincinnati:
247sports.com

Temple’s player bio from CFL
cfl.ca

Temple’s tryout with Bengals
cincinnati.com

Training camp report: Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019

After a day off from practice Friday, the team returned to the field at Central Catholic High School under clear blue skies and temperatures in the 60s.

Commanders quarterback Dustin Vaughan at training camp on Saturday. - photo by Joe Alexander
Commanders quarterback Dustin Vaughan at training camp on Saturday.
Quarterback competition

It looks like Dustin Vaughan is the leader in the four-way quarterback competition. Riley said not so fast. There is no depth chart yet and nobody has publicly been named the starter or first quarterback.

“At this point we’ve got a group of players, it’s a first-year team, a beautiful thing to see take place,” Riley said of the competition in training camp. “I just want to leave the door open so that all of these guys can think of it as an opportunity. The real depth chart doesn’t have to take place for a while.”

Former NFL coach Jeff Fisher was on the sidelines during Saturday's Commanders practice. - photo by Joe Alexander
Former NFL coach Jeff Fisher was on the sidelines during Saturday’s Commanders practice.
Faces on the sidelines

Alliance of American Football (AAF) co-founder Charlie Ebersol and former Tennessee Titans and Los Angeles Rams head coach Jeff Fisher visited Commanders training camp on Saturday.

Two new players

The Commanders have added offensive lineman Mason Gentry from SMU and wide receiver Greg Ward Jr. from Houston to the roster. The Commanders also terminated the rights of defensive back Tre Dickerson.

From the Commanders daily news release:

Mason Gentry

Appeared in 45 career games at Southern Methodist University along the defensive line … transitioned to
offensive line after college … made 107 tackles in college, including 8.0 for loss, 4.5 sacks and four passes
defended … undrafted in 2018 NFL Draft.

Greg Ward Jr.

Played in 49 career games at the University of Houston … played wide receiver and quarterback as a freshman
before switching to quarterback full time as a sophomore … amassed 11,080 yards and 93 total touchdowns at
Houston … 2015 Earl Campbell Award winner … ranked third in total yards, fourth in passing yards and 10 in
rushing yards at Houston … member of the Super Bowl LII champion Eagles’ practice squad in 2017 …
undrafted in 2017 NFL Draft.

Linebackers go through drills at Commanders mini-camp

Donnie Baggs, an outside linebacker from Texas A&M, at Commanders mini-camp. - photo by Joe Alexander
Donnie Baggs, an outside linebacker from Texas A&M, at Commanders mini-camp.
Inside and outside linebackers go through coverage drills at San Antonio Commanders mini-camp on Friday, Dec. 14, 2018, at Incarnate Word’s Benson Stadium.

Linebackers Aamir Petrose, Boomer Mays, Danny Ezechukwu, Deion Barnes, Donnie Baggs, Ed Shockley, Jaboree Williams, Joel Lanning, John Sheehy, Kennan Gilchrist, Nick Temple and Rob Myers went through the 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.