Saturday, October 15, 2011

Soul add two more defenders

PHILADELPHIA (October 14, 2011) – The Philadelphia Soul announce the assignment of defensive lineman, Bryan Robinson (6’3, 285, Wesley College) and defensive back Keon Perry (5’9, 180, Tarleton State) for the 2012 season.  Robinson, who will be entering his third AFL season, was a premiere defensive lineman last season.

“We are very excited about both of these additions to our team,” said Soul head coach, Doug Plank.  “Robinson is coming off a huge season ranking in the top of the League in sacks. Perry brings natural defensive instincts and added toughness to our defense. We look forward to both of them making training camp more competitive. ”

Perry, the latest former member of the Dallas Vigilantes’ (2011) to join the Soul, played in 13 games last season.  He recorded 35.0 total tackles, 15 passes defended, and two interceptions.  His best game came during Week 15 playing against the Iowa Barnstormers, recording six tackles and one interception.  Perry played under former Dallas head coach and new Philadelphia offensive coordinator Clint Dolezel in Dallas and San Angelo (IFL in 2010).

Robinson is coming of his best season after playing for the Kansas City Command in 2011.  He achieved Top 10 in the league in both sacks (9.0) and No. 2 in the league in tackles for loss (15.0). Robinson’s best performance from the 2011 season came in Week 12 against the Spokane Shock, where he registered four tackles as well as four sacks.  That performance earned him the Co-Defensive Player of the Week Award.

Prior to joining the AFL, Robinson made it to the final cuts with the Arizona Cardinals (2008).  He has also spent time with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats (2009), and the New York Sentinels (2009).  He made his AFL debut with the Milwaukee Mustangs (2010), and also played for the Cleveland Gladiators (2010).

Robinson played his collegiate ball at Wesley College for four years.  He was considered an anchor on the defensive line and led the team to a 44-7 record during his time at the school.  Robinson finished his career with 47 sacks and 92.5 tackles for loss, both records for Wesley College and the All-Atlantic Central Football Conference (ACFC), while ranking among the school’s all-time leaders in tackles.  He was named First-Team four times and also named the ACFC Defensive Player of the Year three times.

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