San Antonio Commanders kick Nick Rose hasn’t missed a field-goal attempt this year.
Punter Joe Zema made two tackles in the Commanders’ victory over the Stallions.
“I wasn’t necessarily surprised because he’s a football player,” Commanders coach Mike Riley said. “When it’s necessary we’d rather him not be the tackler, but when it’s necessary it’s good that he does.”
Along with long snapper Scott Daly, that group has quietly put together a solid season for the Commanders. Zema, in addition to punting, is Rose’s holder on field-goal attempts.
“We really like that group,” Commanders coach Mike Riley said. “From the very beginning those guys have been really diligent, very professional in their approach. I think fun, good teammates. I really appreciate them a lot. They sometimes go unnoticed until something bad happens, but they’ve been very consistent.”
Rose was making field goals of 50-plus yards on Friday at the Alamodome in the team’s last full practice before Sunday’s meeting with the Arizona Hotshots.
“There’s no doubt he’s in that 50, 60 range,” Riley said. “He can do that. He’s really got a great thump. I think the extra days extra off for him were good. He’s really hitting the ball well.”
About twice every weekend, Rose walks out on to a football field and nails a field goal.
The former University of Texas kicker, teaming up with holder Joe Zema and long snapper Scott Daly, is 11-of-11 on field goal tries this season for the San Antonio Commanders.
But Rose hasn’t had one of those moments to bring the San Antonio fans out of their seats.
It’s bound to happen eventually.
The Commanders (4-2) are on the top of the AAF West standings, one game ahead of the San Diego Fleet (3-3) and Arizona Hotshots (3-3). The Fleet have had their last two games decided on a field goal at the end – winning a game when they made a field goal and losing a game when the other team made their’s.
The Commanders have four, five or six games left in the season. They have four regular-season games left, including today’s meeting with the Salt Lake Stallions (2-4) at 7 p.m. at the Alamodome. The fifth and sixth games, if they get there, are the conference final and AAF championship game.
Playing on the Commanders’ home field – they are in the Alamodome for the next three games – estimate that Rose has a good chance of making it from as far out as 61 yards. That means that once the Commanders cross the opposing 43-yard line, they are in the Rose Zone.
If and when the time comes, expect Rose to quietly walk out on the field and do his job. If he gets his moment at home, count on the fans in the Alamodome to finally make plenty of noise for him.