Monday, October 03, 2011

Soul sign All-Arena FB Ross

PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia Soul have signed  fullback Derrick Ross.

The former Dallas Vigilantes’ fullback will join his former coach, Clint Dolezel; quarterback, Dan Raudabaugh; and linebacker, Joe Goosby in Philadelphia next season.

“We have added the best fullback in the Arena Football League with Derrick joining the Soul,” said Soul general manager Tom Goodhines.  “We will continue to be active and aggressive in free agency until we believe we have the best players out on the field to win the ArenaBowl.”

A 2011 First Team All-Arena selection, Ross is coming off of a record-setting season.  Ross led the AFL in rushing attempts (167), while setting League records in rushing yards (622) and rushing touchdowns (39).  Ross’ best game from this past season came in Week 5 versus the Georgia Force, when he rushed 13 times for 66 yards and four touchdowns.

“Derrick is an extremely talented player,” said Soul head coach Doug Plank.  “Not only does he hit the running lanes hard, he is an excellent blocker and will help us tremendously in protecting the quarterback.  Having him back playing in Clint’s (Dolezel) offensive system is something we are very excited about.”

Prior to playing for the Dallas Vigilantes, he played for the Kansas City Chiefs (2006) appearing in seven games.  He has played for the Cologne Centurions (2007) where he received Co-Offensive MVP honors, the Montreal Alouettes (2008), Winnipeg Blue Bombers (2009), and was the Rookie of the Year with the San Angelo Stampede (2010).

Ross played his collegiate football at Tarleton State University (2004-05) where he played 18 games and holds several rushing records at the school.  He was voted an All-American in both seasons he played there.  Ross transferred from Blinn College leaving the school holding rushing records and was voted an All-American.

No comments: