San Antonio Talons

Years of Existence: 2012-2014
Venue: Alamodome (San Antonio, TX)
2012 Playoff appearance
2013 -
2014 -
Lifetime Record: 27-28
Home: 12-16
Away: 15-12
Playoffs: 0-1
Average Attendance: 6,348

The San Antonio Talons moved from Tulsa for the 2012 season. Veteran AFL quarterback Aaron Garcia led the new team, throwing for 4,985 yards, 118 touchdowns and 16 picks. Veteran wide receiver Jason Willis caught 101 balls for 1,179 yards and 25 scores, while Jomo Wilson snagged 82 balls for 1,284 yards and 36 scores. On defense, Fred Shaw picked eight passes, returning two for touchdowns. The defense stopped opponents from scoring 20 times in the red zone. The team began the season 3-3, with bad losses to San Jose and Arizona and close victories over Spokane and Utah. The team then put together an 11 game win streak. Seven of the wins came by ten points or less, including a touchdown run with 23 seconds left to defeat Utah by three and a 20-7 fourth quarter to beat Chicago. The team lost its final regular season game against Iowa, 66-63, but qualified as the top playoff team in the National Conference. In a very low scoring game, Utah took a 35-20 lead in the fourth quarter. San Antonio scored and then picked Tom Grady twice, giving them an opportunity to take the lead late. However, Garcia was sacked on a fourth and goal play and Utah upset the Talons 35-34. The Talons posted a 10-8 record in 2013, nearly winning a division title but ultimately falling short of the playoffs. The team used a record ten quarterbacks over the eighteen games. Rohan Davey and Nick Hill both topped throwing for 1,000 yards, and combined to throw for 51 touchdowns. Jomo Wilson was the most consistently thrown to receiver, topping the 1,200 yard mark and scoring 24 times. Fred Shaw picked ten passes for the defense. The team was never more than two games over the .500 mark, as it was an up-and-down campaign. The biggest surprise was the final home game of the year in which the Talons defeated the Philadelphia Soul 42-28 and prevented the Soul from taking the top seed in the American Conference playoffs. The Talons defense picked five passes. The Talons returned in 2014 and were not successful, winning just three games. Matt Basseuner and Shane Boyd split time at the quarterback position, combining to pass for 3,502 yards, 61 touchdowns and 31 picks. D.J. Stephens and P.J. Berry were the leading wide receivers. The team was held to just a 64% touchdown rate in the red zone. In one game, Pittsburgh led the Talons 42-3 at half and won 70-17. The Talons' high mark was just two weeks later in a 68-33 rout of New Orleans.