Photo credit: Mike Ehrmann / AAF
Author: Jon Kuzma
The AAF got their inaugural season under way when the Orlando Apollos hosted the Atlanta Legends at Spectrum Stadium. This wasn’t much of a contest because Steve Spurrier put on a coaching clinic completely showing up Kevin Coyle. Spurrier’s offense had crisp execution and there was concepts that the former South Carolina and Florida coach learned over the course of his 56 years involved in the sport. All of that put Garrett Gilbert in a position to succeed and what a night the Apollos quarterback ended up having. Gilbert threw 227 yards, 2 touchdowns, and no interceptions before the contest was over. Including a strike up the seam to Jalin Marshall which was exactly the first touchdown in AAF history. D’Ernest Johnson also caught a touchdown from Gilbert too and it was an offensive onslaught. Atlanta couldn’t find their rhythm on either side of the ball and there wasn’t very many bright spots for them. Matt Simms threw for 126 yards, 0 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions. It wasn’t a great night for the Legends’ quarterback and they should see if Aaron Murray can give them more output. Lawrence Pittman did make the most of his touches he ran for 24 yards on 3 carries for the Legends. While Seantavius Jones had 43 receiving yards in the defeat. Overall this was a total success for Charlie Ebersol and Bill Polian because everything ran so smoothly. On top of that the play on the field seemed a step above the UFL or the old XFL. Moving forward the AAF has established a good foundation but the challenge will be keeping the fans interested throughout the entire season. Opening night is always a good draw but will people continue to watch all the way until week 9 and 10? So we’ll see how things play out but there’s no doubt this was win for this new league.
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Garrett Gilbert was able to light up the Atlanta Legends and now the Orlando Apollos are 1-0.