Thursday, January 30, 2014

DL Langley returns to Soul

PHILADELPHIA  – The Philadelphia Soul announced a couple of transactions Thursday, including the acquisition of defensive lineman, TJ Langley in a trade with the Orlando Predators for future considerations. 

The team also announced the assignment of offensive lineman, Lemone Buford (6’2, 300, Hampton) and defensive lineman, Justin Young (6’4, 285, Morgan State) to add to the 2014 roster.

“We are very excited to get TJ back,” said Soul head coach, Clint Dolezel.  “He adds power and strength to the middle of our defensive line.  Buford and Young are a couple of young, talented players that we hope will show their abilities and fight for a roster spot.  This should be a very competitive camp.”

Langley, who did not play in 2013, had 11 solo tackles, six assists, 3.0 sacks and one fumble recovery in 2012, splitting time with Philadelphia and Jacksonville.  He played his college ball at Arkansas Tech University from 2009-10, originally playing as a tight end before converting to defensive lineman.  Langley recorded 23 tackles (17 solo), 5.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, and a team-leading nine quarterback pressures in his senior season.

Buford, who is entering his rookie AFL season, helped the Hampton Pirates average 147.9 rushing yards per game.  Young, who is also a rookie, accumulated 80 tackles, 20 tackles for loss and 12 sacks throughout his collegiate career at Morgan State.

The players will report to training camp on Thursday, February 20 which will conclude on March 8, where final cuts will be made.  The Soul kicks off their 2014 season in Phoenix on Saturday, March 15 at 9 p.m. in an ArenaBowl rematch against the defending champion, Arizona Rattlers.  The home opener is set for Saturday, April 19 at 6 p.m. against the Jacksonville Sharks at the Wells Fargo Center.

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