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:
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
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
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
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 https://aaf.com/.
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