Cincinnati Commandos Training Camp Preview: QB/RB
With the players scheduled to report to training camp on February 24th, we take a look at the camp roster and how things could shake out in preparation for the season opener against the Johnstown Generals.
Quarterbacks (1) - Tyler Sheehan
There will be no quarterback controversy for the Commandos as they look embark on the mission of three championships in three seasons. Sheehan averaged 172.6 yards per game with a total of 34 touchdowns en route to being named Most Valuable Player of the CIFL. His completion percentage of 56.8 led the league.
Running backs (4) - Derrick Moss, Andy Stuckert, Demetrius McCray, Paul Young
With the move to the United Indoor Football League, the running back position could have a smaller emphasis in the Commandos offense. However, head coach Billy Back said the team will not completely abandon the running game.
"We are going to run the ball 10 to 12 times per game," said Back. "We will still keep some of the read option packages in our offense. We have some good running schemes, sound blocking schemes and will use teams over pursuit in our running attack. Our running backs can all read zones."
Derrick Moss is seemingly the only lock to make the roster. He averaged a team-high 4.6 yards per carry, while scoring 10 rushing touchdowns.
Stuckert has been a lynchpin on the Commandos roster in the last two seasons. His versatility is one of the reasons he is a valuable player, especially with the UIFL rules limiting active rosters to 18 players. In Cincinnati's first season, he lined up as the starting center and performed admirably despite being severely undersized in the trenches. He can play along the offensive line, running back and linebacker, so that may earn him a roster spot.
McCray and Young will have their work cut out for them, and showing the ability to excel at multiple spots will help them land a roster spot. Back was quick to point out, however, that training camp performances will dictate who will make the final 24-man roster.
The Cincinnati Commandos are the longest-tenured professional indoor football team in the city of Cincinnati. The two-time champions will embark on their third consecutive title 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 3 when they host Johnstown. Tickets are currently on sale via TicketMasteror via the Cincinnati Gardens box office, calling (513) 631-7793 or visiting in person at 2250 Seymour Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45212.
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