Sunday, November 24, 2013

Star LB Goosby to return to Soul

PHILADELPHIA – Philadelphia Soul jack linebacker Joe Goosby will return to the two-time defending American Conference Champion for the 2014 season.

Goosby, who is entering his fourth AFL season, was third on the Soul defense in total tackles (68.5), while recording four interceptions, three fumble recoveries and two total sacks last year.

“Joe is a physical player with great instincts,” said Soul head coach Clint Dolezel.  “He plays his position as well as anybody in the League and we are excited to have him back in Philadelphia next season.”


Goosby has amassed 164.5 total tackles, eight interceptions, 3.5 sacks and five fumble recoveries in his two seasons with the Soul (2012-13). 

He entered the AFL as a rookie free agent out of Tulane, joining the Dallas Vigilantes in the 2011 where he recorded 43.0 total tackles, three blocked kicks, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, and one interception that season. 

Prior to joining the Vigilantes, Goosby was a member of the IFL’s San Angelo Stampede Express (2010), and the Bossier-Shreveport Battle Wings (2009).  Goosby played collegiately at Tulane (2004-06) and was an All-Conference USA selection. In three seasons at Tulane he totaled 100.0 tackles (60 solo) in 33 career games.

The Soul also signed wide receiver Bryan Pray (5’8, 175, Pittsburg State).

Pray began his collegiate career at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M before transferring to Pittsburg State, where he averaged more than 23 yards per catch with the Gorillas.  This will be Pray’s first season in the AFL after spending time with the Green Bay Blizzard (IFL) the past two seasons.
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