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32 PLAYERS SIGN NEW CONTRACTS WITH THE ALLIANCE

The Alliance Signed 32 Additional Players to Contracts for the 2019 Inaugural Season Beginning February 9, 2019 on CBS   SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – November 9, 2018 – The Alliance of American Football has signed the following 32 players to contracts for the 2019 inaugural season bringing the league total to 661 players signed: Team Last First Pos College ARIZONA Johnson Steven LB Kansas ARIZONA Moore Rahim DB UCLA ATLANTA Howard Bug WR North Carolina ATLANTA Motuapuaka Andrew LB Virginia Tech ATLANTA Simmons Antonio DE Georgia Tech BIRMINGHAM Brown Leon G Alabama BIRMINGHAM Etta-Tawo Amba WR Maryland BIRMINGHAM Faulk Jeremy DL Garden City CC BIRMINGHAM Fry Elliott K South Carolina BIRMINGHAM Saxton Wes TE South Alabama BIRMINGHAM Schleuger Chris G Alabama-Birmingham MEMPHIS East Andrew LS Vanderbilt MEMPHIS Stribling Channing DB Michigan ORLANDO Eatmon Quinterrius T South Florida ORLANDO Myers Mark DB Southeastern (FL) SALT LAKE Anderson Dres WR Utah SALT LAKE Jennings Adonis WR Temple SALT LAKE Robertson Korey WR Southern Mississippi SAN ANTONIO Ayers Demarcus WR Houston SAN ANTONIO Porter Mo T Baylor SAN ANTONIO Williams Jaboree LB Wake Forest SAN ANTONIO Wren Erick C Oklahoma SAN DIEGO Barrett Alex DT San Diego State SAN DIEGO Fleer Austin T Colorado-Mesa SAN DIEGO Kolone Jeremiah T San Jose State SAN DIEGO Lewis Kyle WR Cal Poly SAN DIEGO Lotuleli John LB Nevada-Las Vegas SAN DIEGO Okeke Tobenna LB Fresno State SAN DIEGO Owusu Francis WR Stanford SAN DIEGO Pericak Will G Colorado   *ALL QUARTERBACKS WHO HAVE SIGNED WITH THE ALLIANCE HAVE RECEIVED ROSTER EXEMPTIONS AND ARE ELIGIBLE FOR A QUARTERBACK DRAFT WHICH WILL OCCUR ON NOVEMBER 27, 2018 IN LAS VEGAS. Last First Pos College *Tolzien Scott QB Wisconsin *Hackenberg Christian QB Penn State   THE FOLLOWING PLAYERS’ RIGHTS HAVE BEEN WAIVED BY THEIR ALLIANCE TEAM AND HAVE BECOME FREE AGENTS ELIGIBLE TO SIGN WITH ANY TEAM Last First Pos College Waived By Eugene Dwayne LB Arkansas MEMPHIS Tucker D’Maujeric RB E. New Mexico State MEMPHIS Bell Wilson G Florida State ORLANDO Durant Davon LB Marshall ORLANDO Johnson Drico DB Central Florida ORLANDO Smith Tyler LB South Carolina State ORLANDO

THE ALLIANCE TO HOST ‘PROTECT OR PICK’ QB DRAFT ON CBS SPORTS

Inaugural QB Draft Scheduled for Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at 8:00pm ET SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – October 31, 2018 – The Alliance of American Football will hold a “Protect or Pick” quarterback draft, live from the new Esports Arena Las Vegas at The Luxor on November 27, 2018. CBS Sports Network will broadcast the first-of-its-kind draft for The Alliance at 8:00 pm ET/5:00 pm PT. Former Super Bowl champion and head of football development for The Alliance, Hines Ward, will host the draft. “From combines held over the summer, to our upcoming quarterback camp in San Antonio, our experienced group of GM’s and scouts from each team continue to be impressed with the level of talent on display and available to them,” said Bill Polian, co-founder and head of football, The Alliance. “Our regional allocation system and the ‘Protect or Pick’ draft format were designed to strike a competitive balance across the league and fuel local market interest. The quarterback position is critical to a team’s success, so we knew the importance of making sure each Alliance team had a top-tier quarterback at the helm. We’re confident this group represents the best available players in the market. They are looking forward to the opportunity to begin, extend or revitalize their professional careers, and we’re going to do everything in our power to help them succeed on and off the field.” The “Protect or Pick” draft format begins with each team deciding if they want to protect one quarterback that has been allocated to them from their region. If a team elects to protect, they name the player they are protecting as their first selection in the draft. If they decide to pick, they wait until every other team has made their decision. Once each team makes their decision, the teams that elected to not protect a player make their selection, in the order of the draft, from the remaining pool of all available quarterbacks regardless of region. All selected quarterbacks must be under contract to The Alliance at the time of the draft. The Alliance quarterback draft will be comprised of four rounds. The San Diego Fleet have the first pick in the draft, followed by the Birmingham Iron, Arizona Hotshots, Orlando Apollos, Atlanta Legends, Salt Lake Stallions, Memphis Express and San Antonio Commanders. “We look forward to working closely with CBS Sports Network to tell the stories behind this amazing group of talented, determined and motivated quarterbacks — live from Las Vegas,” said Charlie Ebersol, co-founder and CEO, The Alliance. “Our unique ‘Protect or Pick’ format adds intrigue to our first-ever live broadcast while ensuring we stay true to our guiding principles of putting high quality football on the field and creating strong, authentic connections with our local market fans by keeping hometown favorites, home.” Quarterbacks are allocated based on where they competed in college. If a player’s college is outside The Alliance footprint, he is allocated based on his last NFL/CFL team. If a player’s college is outside The Alliance allocation footprint and he did not play in the NFL or CFL, then he is unallocated. The Alliance […]

THE ALLIANCE OF AMERICAN FOOTBALL SURPASSES 600 PLAYERS SIGNED

The Alliance Signed 34 Additional Players to Contracts for the 2019 Inaugural Season Beginning February 9, 2019 on CBS SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – October 26, 2018 – The Alliance of American Football has signed the following 37 players to contracts for the 2019 inaugural season bringing the league total to 629 players signed: Team Last First Position College ARIZONA Bunche Malcolm T UCLA ARIZONA Langford Ryan LB New Mexico ARIZONA Lucien Devin WR Arizona State ARIZONA Murphy Pace G Northwestern State ARIZONA Symmank Taylor P Texas Tech ARIZONA Yates Rykeem DE Nevada-Reno ATLANTA #Folston Tarean RB Notre Dame ATLANTA Garrett Keyarris WR Tulsa ATLANTA Griffin Corey DB Georgia Tech ATLANTA Holba Colin LS Louisville ATLANTA Jones J.T. DE Miami (OH) ATLANTA Marvin David P Wofford BIRMINGHAM Dickson Xzavier LP Alabama BIRMINGHAM Greene Brandon T Alabama BIRMINGHAM Taylor Devin DE South Carolina ORLANDO Ferris Drew LS Florida ORLANDO Horton Justin LB Jacksonville ORLANDO Price Sean TE South Florida ORLANDO Northrup Reggie LB Florida State ORLANDO #Orndoff Scott TE Pittsburgh ORLANDO Bracy-Williams Marvin WR Florida State SAN ANTONIO Clear Cameron TE Texas A&M SAN ANTONIO Daly Scott LS Notre Dame SAN ANTONIO Mays Boomer LB Northern Illinois SAN ANTONIO Noil Speedy WR Texas A&M SAN ANTONIO Teuhema Maea SE Louisiana SAN ANTONIO Jones-Smith Jaryd T Pittsburgh SAN DIEGO Baugh Marcus TE Ohio State SAN DIEGO Green Darrell G San Diego State SAN DIEGO Irwin-Hill Sam P Arkansas SAN DIEGO James Kendall DB Maine SAN DIEGO Kelly Kameron DB San Diego State SAN DIEGO Montelus John T Notre Dame *ALL QUARTERBACKS WHO HAVE SIGNED WITH THE ALLIANCE HAVE RECEIVED ROSTER EXEMPTIONS AND ARE ELIGIBLE FOR A QUARTERBACK DRAFT WHICH WILL OCCUR LATER THIS YEAR. Last First Position College *Holman Justin QB Central Florida *Nelson Phillip QB East Carolina *Woodrum Josh QB Liberty

SAN DIEGO FLEET ADD FAMILIAR FACES TO COACHING STAFF

Veteran Coaches and Former Pro Players Highlight Fleet Staff San Diego, Calif. – October 11, 2018 – The Alliance of American Football’s San Diego Fleet today unveiled their coaching staff under head coach Mike Martz for the 2019 inaugural season. Jon Kitna joins Martz as his offensive coordinator, Larry Marmie as defensive coordinator and Larry MacDuff will be The Fleet’s special teams and linebacker coach. Additionally,Dre Bly will be Martz’s defensive back coach, Vince Amey the defensive line coach and Anthony Becht the tight end coach. Matt Kitna will serve as an assistant offensive line coach and Az-Zahir Hakim will be The Fleet’s wide receiver coach. “I have a great deal of respect for what each of these coaches have accomplished and experienced throughout their careers and this group will help ensure that we put the best possible football product on the field each weekend in San Diego,” said Mike Martz, head coach, San Diego Fleet. “We have a unique opportunity to provide our players with a dynamic staff that can help shape their careers in ways no other league can provide. He added, “Just as The Alliance is a opportunity for players to begin, extend or continue their careers, this league also provides the same opportunity for coaches to advance their careers. With my coaching staff taking shape, we are getting closer and closer to bringing pro football back to the great city of San Diego.” Jon Kitna, Offensive Coordinator Kitna spent 14 years as a quarterback in the NFL from 1997 to 2011 with four teams; Seattle Seahawks, Cincinnati Bengals, Detroit Lions before finishing his playing career with the Dallas Cowboys. Over the course of his career Kitna completed 2,677 of 4,442 passes for 29, 745 yards with 169 touchdowns and 165 interceptions. Following his retirement from playing, Kitna began his coaching career at his alma mater Lincoln High School in Tacoma, Washington where he recorded a 24-8 record as a head coach before taking over the coaching duties at Waxahachie (Texas) High School. While at the helm for Waxahachie Kitna posted a 20-13 record in three seasons for the Indians prior to taking over Brophy (Arizona) Prep in February 2018. Larry Marmie, Defensive Coordinator Marmie has more than four decades of coaching and scouting experience, including 19 seasons in the NFL ranks. Most recently, Marmie spent two seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2014-15) as a senior defensive assistant working with the team’s nickelbacks Prior to joining Tampa Bay’s coaching staff, he spent four seasons with Seattle (2006-09), two seasons with St. Louis (2004-05) and eight seasons with Arizona (1996-03). Marmie also spent two seasons working as a pro scout for the Oakland Raiders (2012-13). Before joining the professional ranks, Marmie spent 28 seasons coaching in the collegiate ranks, beginning his collegiate coaching career at Morehead State (1968-71), before moving on to Eastern Kentucky (1972-76), Tulsa (1977-78), North Carolina (1979-82), Tennessee (1983-84; 1992-94), Arizona State (1985-87, defensive coordinator; 1988-91, head coach) and UCLA (1995). Larry MacDuff, Special Teams / Linebackers MacDuff brings over 30 years of coaching experience to the Fleet as he has spent time with […]

Over Five Hundred Players Signed to The Alliance

The Alliance of American Football has reached a milestone in player acquisition, signing over 500 players to contracts for the 2019 inaugural season. The mark was surpassed with the latest batch of signings highlighted below, bringing the total to 515 players signed to contracts. “As we get closer to our first snap on February 9th, our experienced general managers and personnel teams have been working around the clock to build their rosters and offer players a chance to begin, extend or revitalize their careers,” said Bill Polian, co-founder, The Alliance. “I know the pressure and dedication that goes into building a championship-caliber team and it’s been exciting to see our rosters fill up with talented athletes that have come from all over the country – from small universities in the Midwest to powerhouse SEC schools and successful NFL franchises. They are all vying for another shot in professional football.” “Each day, when I see the personnel notice come across my desk, I’m reminded of why The Alliance is a league of opportunity — these players deserve a chance to continue their football careers and I’m honored they chose The Alliance,” said Charlie Ebersol, co-founder, The Alliance. “With our Super Bowl champion league executives, our best-in-class coaches and general managers, these players will take the field in February prepared and supported by those who have been there before them with an opportunity to compete at a high level in front of passionate, engaged fans. We welcome these 515 players to The Alliance.” Rosters Arizona Hotshots Atlanta Legends Birmingham Iron Memphis Express Orlando Apollos Salt Lake Stallions San Antonio Commanders San Diego Fleet

Introducing the San Diego Fleet

Sankey’s mission in San Diego: Keep running  

By Joel Poiley Draftniks will recall that Bishop Sankey was the first running back chosen in the 2014 NFL Draft, selected as the 54th player overall by Tennessee after an outstanding three-year career at the University of Washington. He was drafted ahead of Jeremy Hill, Carlos Hyde and Devonta Freeman, among others. What followed has been a five-year journey, one with peaks and valleys. The window appeared closed when he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in the opening preseason game with Minnesota in 2017. But the advent of The Alliance of American Football re-opened the door. San-key signed with San Diego’s newest pro team in early September. The hard-charging Sankey provided memorable moments for fans during his time at Washington, where he rushed for 3,496 yards and 37 touchdowns in three seasons. A 200-yard game against Washington State in the Apple Cup in 2013 broke Corey Dillon’s 1996 school record of 1,695 yards in a season. The same play in which he passed Dillon, on a 7-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, he also broke Napoleon Kaufman’s school rushing touchdowns record with his 35th. He finished the season with 1,870 yards and 20 rushing touchdowns. Sankey was drafted after his junior year by Tennessee when the Titans sought a replacement for Chris Johnson, who had been released the prior month and signed with the Jets. Then-Titans scout Marv Sunderland compared Sankey to former Giants star running back Tiki Barber. “He can run inside, he can get outside, he runs through guys and he can break the long runs,” Sunderland said after the Draft. “He has great hands out of the backfield, and he’s a good blocker. He is a well-rounded back.” Those attributes still apply to Sankey, a sturdy 5-feet-10, 209-pounds. His story just shows how tough it is to carve out a long career at running back, no matter how high you’re drafted. He proved to be a more than useful back during two seasons in Tennessee, rushing for 762 yards and averaging 3.8 yards per carry. However, he was cut late in training camp in 2016 when the Titans traded for DeMarco Murray and drafted Derrick Henry in the second round, bumping Sankey down the depth chart. Practice squad stops followed with New England, Kansas City and Minnesota, then the ACL injury last season. The opportunity to play with The Fleet couldn’t have come along at a better time for the still hungry RB. “One of the quotes I’ve always lived by is: ‘The race doesn’t go to the swiftest or fastest, but to the one who keeps running,’ ” Sankey said in an interview in The Spokesman-Review in Spokane in 2015. “A quote we had in the training room at Washington was, ‘Durability is more important than ability.’ ” Always goal-driven, Sankey used his off-seasons to complete his degree requirements last June. One goal down, another is still possible, thanks to The Alliance.

Martz, set, go: Fleet will be a force!

By Lyle Spencer Opening day in February is fast approaching for the eight-team Alliance of American Football’s inaugural season, and one thing is as clear as the perfect aerial views in the nation’s self-proclaimed most beautiful city. San Diego’s newest franchise will have a sky-high identity when the hitting, running and scoring start for real. Mike Martz, the team’s first coach, is a homegrown guy, roots firmly planted in the border city. His reputation as a master of offensive football, forged over decades, is beyond dispute. Here is a man who was far ahead of his time, a true game-changer. Schooled at Madison High School and Mesa Junior College in San Diego, Martz was a tight end with a burning desire to consume everything about the game. He would apprentice in numerous jobs before coming into national focus as an innovative mind with uncommon teaching skills. A traveling man along the lines of basketball’s Larry Brown, Martz had served seven college assistant coaching assignments before becoming the Los Angeles Rams’ quarterbacks coach in 1992 when they played in Anaheim. He took over as receivers coach in ’95 and ’96, with the team’s move to St. Louis. Moving to Washington as Redskins QB coach in ’97 and ’98, he rejoined the Rams at Vermeil’s behest to assume control of the offense. A team that was judged the worst in the National Football League in preseason evaluations improbably claimed a division title and won an epic Super Bowl XXXIV against the Tennessee Titans. “It was like when Muhammad Ali first came on the scene,” wide receiver Isaac Bruce said in a Sports Illustrated interview. Martz played an immediate role in the development of the primary sources of the Rams’ fantastic run: Warner, Faulk and wide receivers Bruce and Torry Holt. Martz took over the reins from Vermeil soon thereafter and sustained the soaring success of what was hailed as “The Greatest Show on Turf.” The Rams reached another Super Bowl, falling to New England after going 14-2 in the 2001 season. With former grocery store employee Kurt Warner emerging as a two-time NFL Most Valuable Player under Martz’s guidance and Marshall Faulk serving as an all-purpose force with few peers, the Rams brought a wide-open attack to the game that evolved into the pass-happy show now on display across the landscape. “I like running the football,” Martz said, “but I like running the football well.” Noted for his teams’ passing artistry, Martz is a big believer in balance. He made excellent use of the multiple gifts of Faulk, who established his reputation at San Diego State, when the Rams were indeed lived up to their reputation. After making the playoffs four times and going 53-32 in six seasons in St. Louis, Martz experienced health concerns, and he and the Rams became a memory. Martz turned down head coaching feelers and took his ideas and techniques to the Lions (2006-07), 49ers (2008) and Bears (2011) as an offensive coordinator. San Diego football fans have been spoiled by offensive fireworks from the very beginning. Their early Chargers, featuring the likes of Lance Alworth, Keith […]