MISSOULA — Former Montana Grizzlies defensive end Tyrone Holmes has made the final 52-player roster for the San Antonio Commanders of the Alliance of American Football, which the team finalized Wednesday.
The AAF is an eight-team professional spring football league that will begin its inaugural season in February. San Antonio opens against the San Diego Fleet on Feb. 9 at the Alamodome, with kickoff set for 6 p.m. MT on CBS. The 10-week regular season will be followed by a playoff semifinal and a championship game, the latter on April 27.
Holmes, listed at 6-foot-2 and 253 pounds, is one of nine linebackers on the roster. He had three sacks during the Commanders' scrimmage against the Atlanta Legends on Monday.
"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 fans will now be able to look at Tyrone and Jayrone Elliott on the other, we have a pretty unique tandem coming off the edges here in San Antonio."
Holmes had signed to be on the practice squad of the NFL's Los Angeles Chargers in late December after the Commanders released him from his contract.
Holmes spent the 2016 and 2017 seasons with the NFL's Cleveland Browns, totaling nine tackles and one sack in 15 games. He was a sixth-round draft pick.
At Montana, Holmes was the STATS FCS Defensive Player of the Year in 2015, his senior season. He also made four All-America teams.
Frank Gogola, 406mtsports.com