They have to score a touchdown and go for two.
After a month-long training camp in San Antonio, the Apollos returned home to Orlando with their final 52-player roster to prepare to officially kick-off their first season within the AAF at UCF's Spectrum Stadium on Saturday against the Atlanta Legends.
Basically, there's a big ol' gap in which an upstart football league could try satiate the desire fans have to watch real, live games during the offseason.
"I've been pretty vocal about channeling the thoughts of so many of my friends in the NFL, in coaching and player personnel, that since the demise of NFL Europe, it's needed a developmental league, where players can come in and learn and develop skills", Polian said. "Our defense was super". Field goals are an option only in regulation. But the offense also looked sharp and crisp from early and kept up the air show for the entire four quarters.
Offensively, Orlando was led by Gilbert who completed 15-25 passes for 227 yards and two touchdown passes.
Darren Rovell of the Action Network reported that, according to his sources, the AAF did a 2.1 overnight rating while a marquee National Basketball Association matchup between the league's last two MVPs did 2.0.
Steve Spurrier never met a play he didn't react to. Apollos wide receiver Jalin Marshall took a reverse handoff from the Legends' 5-yard line and found an uncovered Gilbert wide open in the endzone for an easy Orlando touchdown.
"Well, it is a little unusual when you go out there to get ready for the opening kickoff and there is no opening kickoff", said a smiling Coyle. The touchdown in AAF history was a attractive 26-yard dart into traffic from Apollos quarterback Garrett Gilbert to wide receiver Jalin Marshall. Running back Akeem Hunt had 10 carries for 73 yards to lead the team in rushing.
"I think the fans had a good time", said Spurrier, now 6-0 in his debuts with the six teams he has coached. We'll see if the Arizona Hotshots and the Salt Lake Stallions can continue that on Sunday as they wrap up the first week of action in The Alliance. So far, it's been a lot of fun. The newest professional football league kicked off with two games in prime time on Saturday and now the other four teams in the league will get their chance on Sunday.
Jim Williams contributed to the writing of this story and some quotes came from the Associated Press.