MEDFORD—With a national audience tuned in to the debut of the Alliance of American Football, a local product was making his debut for the San Antonio Commanders.
Tyrone Holmes, a former standout at Eagle Point and University of Montana, suited up as one of nine linebackers on the roster in the Commanders 15-6 win over the San Diego Fleet.
"We knew what kind of athlete Tyrone was," San Antonio general manager Daryl Johnston said in a news release. "I think everybody who is a Commanders fan will now be able to look at Tyrone and Jayrone Elliott on the other, (and say) we have a pretty unique tandem coming off the edges here in San Antonio."
Holmes had signed with the Commanders in December of 2018, but departed the team for a brief period to join the practice squad of the Los Angeles Chargers. He had three sacks in San Antonio's scrimmage against the Atlanta Legends last week.
The AAF is in its inaugural season, and is an eight-team professional spring football league with a regular season that spans ten weeks.
It’s been billed as a developmental league for players who never made it to the NFL, fizzled out in the NFL, or have aspirations of reaching the NFL.
Adding to the local flare, the Commanders are coached by Mike Riley, a former head coach at Oregon State University.