Taking Aim: Three things to look for during Apollos Training Camp
By Tom Alexander
It’s time for the Orlando Apollos to take aim on the inaugural season of the Alliance of American Football. Apollos Head Coach Steve Spurrier and his team joined players and coaches from all eight Alliance teams in San Antonio, Texas this week for the league’s first training camp.
Here are three things Apollos fans should watch for heading into the inaugural training camp.
1. The HBC Returns to the Field
It’s been nearly four years since Steve Spurrier last manned the sidelines as a head coach at the University of South Carolina in 2015. Taking over The Apollos marks a sort of reunion between the “Head Ball Coach” and several of his former assistants that helped Spurrier become one of four individuals to get inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as both a coach and a player.
2. Familiar Faces
Apollos Head Coach Steve Spurrier talks with QB Stephen Morris during Apollos minicamp in December.
The Apollos’ roster heading into camp includes players from every major college football program in the state of Florida. Gators like Louis Murphy will line up alongside Seminoles like Marvin Bracy-Williams and Hurricanes like Stephen Morris. UCF Knights such as Jeff Godfrey and Rannell Hall will also be familiar to fans in Orlando. State Divided, Apollos United.
3. Who Will Be the Starting QB?
As anyone who has watched Steve Spurrier-coached teams before knows quarterback play is key to the “Fun ‘n Gun” offense. The Apollos enter camp with several players vying to be under center when the inaugural season launches in Orlando Feb. 9 against the Atlanta Legends. Stephen Morris, Austin Appleby and Kevin Anderson are athletic quarterbacks who move well in the pocket. Apollos coaches will be watching to see who can protect the football the best and be a coach on the field to lead the team.
Instead of holding camps in their home states like other pro football leagues, The Alliance is bringing every team to one city. Training camp will last about a month, culminating in cross-team scrimmages between Alliance franchises. By the end of January, The Apollos will cut from 75 to 52 players. After camp, all eyes will turn to Orlando on Feb. 9 when The Apollos hit the field at Spectrum Stadium for their Launch Game against the Legends at 8 p.m. ET, airing nationally on CBS.