Training Camp Notes: Quarterback Dustin Vaughan Impresses on First Day of Camp.
By Cole Thompson, San Antonio Commanders Team Reporter
SAN ANTONIO – As the San Antonio Commanders concluded their first day of training camp practice, quarterback Dustin Vaughan has made his presence felt under center. Protected fourth overall during The Alliance’s Pick of Protect Quarterback Draft last November, Vaughan has set his mind in focus on returning to the game and building off his success from his days at West Texas A&M.
“It’s a good start,” Vaughan said.”I’m going to have to get used to guys but great for a receiver and quarterback. The offense and defense, kind of what we’re running, we were able to do some installs in minicamp. To be able to come out here and do it again, I think we’re off to a good start.”
Vaughan would take snaps with the first-wave offense under the direction of head coach Mike Riley. The former Buffalo gunslinger connected on several deep passes, including a pass on a post pattern route to wide receiver DeMarcus Ayers (Houston).
Riley, who spent two seasons in San Antonio as the head coach of the WALF’s San Antonio Riders was excited to return to the city and already can feel the passion his team has moving forward into the week.
“This is what I remember about the San Antonio Riders,” Riley said. “These guys are really fired up to continue their playing career. They’re good players and they want to make the team.”
Players were dressed in just jerseys and helmets for the first day of practice. Due to rules set by The Alliance, players will practice the first several days in standard gear before moving to shell’s on Monday.
“We have to be very smart when we practice against each other and you have to be a pro,” Riley said. “You’ve got to learn how to practice in shorts so you can get some repetition with all the big hitting all the time.”
As the first day of training comes to a close, here are several evaluations from the team’s first practice.
- The defense under the direction of Jim Grobe, looked to play in a 3-3-5 look to face off against the offense the team’s 7-on-7 drills.
- RB Trey Williams (Texas A&M) made a top-notched run in team drills as he bounced outside off the right tackle’s shoulder and into the secondary.
- OL Avery Gennesy (Texas A&M) worked both offensive tackle and offensive guard during individual drills and team reps. Gennesy was listed as a offensive guard at the NFL level.
- WR DeMarcus Ayers (Houston) made two spectacular grabs during the team’s two minute offense, including a slant route where he out ran the secondary.
- S Derron Smith caused two pass break ups during the team’s seven on seven drills in man coverage. Smith played three seasons in the NFL with the Cincinnati Bengals (2015-17) and Cleveland Browns (2017).
- Mekale McKay (Cincinnati) looked strong during the team’s offensive drills as the outside receiver, making three catches on three targets. McKay recently was a member of the Dallas Cowboys offseason program in 2018.
QB Dalton Sturm (UTSA) connected on a deep fly pattern down the right sideline with WR Josh Stewart (UTSA) for a long play. Stewart would lay out against man coverage to make an acrobatic catch to end practice.