Monday, January 31, 2011

Soul draw over 200 to open tryout

PHILADELPHIA (January 31, 2011)  – With training camp set to begin in less than three weeks (February 18), the Arena Football League’s Philadelphia Soul drew 211 participants to their second open tryout at the Philadelphia Eagles’ NovaCare Complex in South Philadelphia on Saturday.

Soul Co-Majority Owner and ESPN’s Monday Night Football commentator, Ron Jaworski; former Olympic Gold Medalist, Carl Lewis; former Philadelphia Eagles’ running back, Deuce Staley; and Philadelphia Eagles’ Special Team Coordinator, Bobby April were also in attendance.

“It’s amazing to see the amount of talent that there is in the Philadelphia area,” said Soul head coach Mike Hohensee.  “Again, we will sign at least two or possibly three players from this tryout.  It turned out to be a valuable decision to hold this second tryout.”

The Soul signed five players – Nyere Aumaitre, Mike Gilmartin, Jerome Hayes, Matt Hewitt and Keith Stokes – from the team’s first open tryout in October.

Between the two tryouts, the ArenaBowl XXII champions had over 550 participants – the most by any team in the AFL heading into the 2011 season.

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