Orion Stewart’s pick sets up Commanders’ second score

Orion Stewart's second-quarter interception and 68-yard return set up San Antonio's second field goal of the game as the Commanders took a 6-0 lead. - photo by Joe Alexander
Orion Stewart’s second-quarter interception and 68-yard return set up San Antonio’s second field goal of the game as the Commanders took a 6-0 lead. – photo by Joe Alexander
The San Diego Fleet looked like they were building a momentum-changing drive in the second quarter.

The San Antonio Commanders held a 3-0 lead. The Fleet moved 44 yards and six plays. Starting quarterback Mike Bercovici threw a pass that was headed for the end zone.

Commanders defensive back Orion Stewart went high to snare the pass at the 1-yard line. Stewart not only foiled the Fleet’s drive, but returned the ball 68 yards.

The return set up the Commanders’ second field goal of the night as San Antonio took a 6-0 lead.

Commanders safety Orion Stewart at training camp

Orion Stewart, a former All-Big 12 safety from Baylor, at Commanders training camp at Central Catholic High School on Wednesday. - photo by Joe Alexander
Orion Stewart, a former All-Big 12 safety from Baylor, at Commanders training camp at Central Catholic High School on Wednesday. – photo by Joe Alexander
Orion Stewart spent most of his college career as a mainstay in the defensive secondary at Baylor.

Life as a pro football player has been a lot more chaotic.

The Waco native played in 49 games at Baylor. As a senior in 2016 he started all 13 games, made six interceptions and earned All-Big 12 honors. In 2017 and 2018, Stewart has seen time with four different NFL teams – the Denver Broncos, Buffalo Bills, Washington Redskins and New York Giants.

“I bounced around a little bit,” Stewart said. “This is what I want to do. I just knew when my opportunity came, this so happened to be my opportunity, I had to be ready. That’s what I made sure I did.

“This is opportunity. My dream is to play in the NFL. I had my little stint. That’s what I’m trying to get back to.”

The 6-foot, 200-pound safety is now at the San Antonio Commanders training camp and is happy to be back in pro football.

“I love to play this game of football,” Stewart said. “Every day I get up and put my cleats on, tie my shoes up, ready to go, I love it.”

Playing on a brand new franchise in the opening season of the Alliance of American Football (AAF), Stewart is trying to become part of a cohesive defense with a group of players who are in similar situations to his own. Success in the secondary not only depends on doing your part, but also in knowing where your teammates will be.

“That was the most difficult part about all of us coming together,” Stewart said. “The first few days was kind of rusty. People were trying to get their back legs under them almost but still trying to figure out. Their minds were just kind of going all these of these directions.

“Now everyone is in the film room talking to each other, feeling out all the players. We’re starting to get adjusted to how we play and what we can do.”

Stewart’s Baylor bio page
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Stewart lands with New York Giants
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Training camp report: Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019

What started out as an ugly day got better as practice went along. The early drizzle stopped and the temperature was around 60 at the end of practice.

Roster update from Commanders daily update

The Commanders waived offensive lineman Avery Gennesy.

The Commanders added offensive lineman Dillon DeBoer (Florida Atlantic) to the active roster. San Antonio’s roster is at 75 players.

Dillon DeBoer

Appeared in 46 career games along the offensive line in four seasons at Florida Atlantic University … played center, both guard positions and left tackle in senior season of 2016, earning All-Conference USA and FAU’s team offensive MVP honors … undrafted in 2017 NFL Draft.

Additions to Commanders roster: Dec. 7, 2018

San Antonio Commanders fans got their first chance to see the team's uniforms in person on Tuesday.The following players have recently been assigned to the San Antonio Commanders:

Winston Craig, DT, Richmond
Kenneth Farrow II, RB, Houston
Kennan Gilchrist, LB, Appalachian State
Jordan Holland, DB, Prairie View A&M
Cole Hunt, TE, TCU
Bryce Jones, DB, Akron
Austin Larkin, LB, Purdue
Justice Liggins, WR, Stephen F. Austin
Joey Mbu, DT, Houston
Kishawn McClain, DB, North Texas
Mekale McKay, WR, Cincinnati
Evan Rodriguez, TE, Temple
Orion Stewart, DB, Baylor
Duke Thomas, DB, Texas
Nick Thurman, DT, Houston

Updated list of Commanders players