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Alliance of American Football Holds Protect Or Pick QB Draft

November 28, 2018 - Alliance of American Football (AAF) News Release

LAS VEGAS - The Alliance of American Football held its first-ever "Protect or Pick" QB Draft last night, live on CBS Sports Network from the new Esports Arena Las Vegas at The Luxor. Hosted by Super Bowl MVP and Alliance head of player development Hines Ward, alongside Super Bowl Champion analysts Kurt Warner and Trent Dilfer, the San Diego Fleet protected Josh Johnson (San Diego) as the first overall selection.

The Atlanta Legends, Memphis Express and San Antonio Commanders followed and protected hometown quarterbacks, Aaron Murray (Georgia), Troy Cook (University of Tennessee at Martin) and Dustin Vaughan (West Texas A&M), respectively.

The Birmingham Iron, Arizona Hotshots, Orlando Apollos and Salt Lake Stallions opted to pick, selecting Luis Perez (Texas A&M-Commerce), Trevor Knight (Texas A&M), Garrett Gilbert (Southern Methodist) and Josh Woodrum (Liberty) to complete the first round.

Each Alliance team will bring an 85-man active roster to training camp in San Antonio on January 4.

Full Alliance "Protect or Pick" QB Draft Results:

Round 1

San Diego Fleet (Protect) - Josh Johnson, San Diego

Atlanta Legends (Protect) - Aaron Murray, Georgia

Memphis Express (Protect) - Troy Cook, University Tennessee at Martin

San Antonio Commanders (Protect) - Dustin Vaughan, West Texas A&M

Birmingham Iron (Pick) - Luis Perez, Texas A&M-Commerce

Arizona Hotshots (Pick) - Trevor Knight, Texas A&M

Orlando Apollos (Pick) - Garrett Gilbert, Southern Methodist

Salt Lake Stallions (Pick) - Josh Woodrum, Liberty

Round 2

9. >San Diego Fleet - Mike Bercovici, Arizona State

10. >Birmingham Iron - Blake Sims, Alabama

11. >Arizona Hotshots - John Wolford, Wake Forest

12. >Orlando Apollos - Stephen Morris, Miami

13. >Atlanta Legends - Matt Simms, Tennessee

14. >Salt Lake Stallions - B.J. Daniels, South Florida

15. >Memphis Express - Christian Hackenberg, Penn State

16. >San Antonio Commanders - Marquise Williams, North Carolina

Round 3

17. >San Antonio Commanders - Logan Woodside, Toledo

18. >Memphis Express - Brandon Silvers, Troy

19. > Salt Lake Stallions - Austin Allen, Arkansas

20. >Atlanta Legends - Peter Pujals, Holy Cross

21. >Orlando Apollos - Austin Appleby, Purdue

22. >Arizona Hotshots - Quinn McQueary, Montana Tech

23. >Birmingham Iron - Scott Tolzien, Wisconsin

24. >San Diego Fleet - Philip Nelson, East Carolina

Round 4

25. >San Antonio Commanders - Dalton Sturm, Texas-San Antonio

26. >Memphis Express - Zach Mettenberger, LSU

27. >Salt Lake Stallions - Matt Linehan, Idaho

28. >Atlanta Legends - Justin Holman, Central Florida

29. >Orlando Apollos - Kevin Anderson, Fordham

30. >Arizona Hotshots - Jack Heneghan, Dartmouth

31. >Birmingham Iron - "Alek" Aleksander Torgersen, Penn

32. >San Diego Fleet - Alex Ross, Coastal Carolina

About The Alliance of American Football

Led by some of the most respected football minds in the game, The Alliance of American Football is a dynamic professional football league fueled by an unprecedented Alliance between players, fans and the game. Founded by TV and film producer Charlie Ebersol and Hall of Famer Bill Polian, The Alliance will feature eight teams with 52-player rosters playing a 10-week regular season schedule in the spring beginning February 9, 2019 on CBS, followed by two playoff rounds and culminating with the championship game the weekend of April 26-28, 2019.

The eight cities, stadiums and head coaches are as follows:

Alliance Orlando / Spectrum Stadium / Steve Spurrier

Alliance Atlanta / Georgia State Stadium / Brad Childress

Alliance Memphis / Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium / Mike Singletary

Alliance Salt Lake / Rice-Eccles Stadium / Dennis Erickson

Alliance Arizona / Sun Devil Stadium / Rick Neuheisel

Alliance San Diego / San Diego County Credit Union Stadium / Mike Martz

Alliance Birmingham / Legion Field Stadium / Tim Lewis

Alliance San Antonio / Alamodome / Mike Riley

Fans will be able to stream Alliance matchups live via the free Alliance app while accessing integrated gaming options with real rewards - for themselves and the players they are cheering on. With a focus on player well-being on and off the field, The Alliance will provide players with a commitment to safety and state-of-the-art equipment as well as a comprehensive bonus system, post-football career planning, financial counseling and scholarship support for postsecondary education. For more information, visit

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