The San Diego Fleet of the Alliance of American Football reported to training camp in San Antonio Friday, five weeks and a day before their first game.
The 74 players participated in meetings Friday at the Omni La Mansion Del Rio, Matt Provence, the Fleet’s director of communications, told City News Service.
The Fleet will hold their first training camp practice Saturday at Heroes Stadium, an 11,000-seat stadium serving the seven high schools in the North East Independent School District.
All of the league’s eight teams are holding training camp in San Antonio.
The Fleet’s roster includes eight San Diego State alumni and former University of San Diego standout defensive end Jonathan Petersen.
The Fleet has the first right to sign players from San Diego State, USD, USC, Stanford, Washington and 10 other universities.
The quarterbacks on the roster are Arizona State alumnus Mike Bercovici, who played with the Chargers during the 2016 and 2017 preseasons; Philip Nelson, who started the final seven games of the 2012 season as a freshman with the University of Minnesota and most of the 2013 season, then transferred to East Carolina where he was the starter in the 2016 season; and Alex Ross, who set the Big South Conference’s career total offense record while playing for Coastal Carolina from 2012-15. He played for the Canadian Football League’s BC Lions in 2017 and Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 2018.
Each AAF team is required to have three quarterbacks on its regular- season roster.
There is a pair of brothers on the Fleet — linebackers John and Totauhelotu Lotulelei, cousins of Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Star Lotulelei.
The training camp will include a joint practice with the Atlanta Legends Jan. 17 and what Provence called “a final dress rehearsal scrimmage” Jan. 27.
The Fleet must reduce its roster to the 52-player regular-season limit by Jan. 30.
The Fleet will begin play Feb. 9 at San Antonio and play their first game at SDCCU Stadium Feb. 17 against Atlanta.
–City News Service
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