Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Soul adds three for 2015 season

PHILADELPHIA (The Phanatic Magazine) – The Philadelphia Soul agreed to terms with fullback Tommy Taggart on a one-year deal.

Taggart joins two other recent additions, former Virginia Tech quarterback Bryan Randall and offensive lineman Keyun Swinney as members of the Soul’s 2015 roster.

“We just added three quality players,” said Soul head coach Clint Dolezel.  “Taggart is a tough, physical player with tremendous talent.  Getting Randall back adds veteran leadership and quality experience to compete at quarterback, while Swinney adds depth and versatility to our offense line.”

Taggart, who is entering his fifth AFL season, rushed 67 times for 167 yards and 10 touchdowns with the Pittsburgh Power in 2014.  The Texas native joined the Dallas Vigilantes in 2010 as a rookie, and recorded 14 tackles in seven games. 

Taggart also played one season for the New Orleans VooDoo in 2011, and two seasons for the San Jose SaberCats in 2012 and 2013.  Prior to his professional career, Taggart played his freshman year at Midwestern State University, where he earned All-Conference honors. Taggart transferred to Oklahoma for his sophomore year, where he finished out his collegiate career assisting the Sooners to two BCS Bowl games.

Randall returns for his second season with the Soul.  The third-year veteran saw action in 14 games for the Soul last season, completing 20-of-33 passes for 313 yards and six touchdowns in a backup role.

Randall broke into the League as the starting quarterback for the Pittsburgh Power in 2012, passing for 2,142 yards and 39 touchdowns in nine games as a rookie.  For his career, Randall has completed 195-of-311 passes for 2,455 yards and 45 touchdowns, compiling a quarterback rating of 111.3.  Randall is Virginia Tech’s career leader in passing yards (6,508) and yards of total offense (8,034).

Swinney played collegiately at Jackson State, where he earned Second Team All-SWAC preseason honors in 2011.  The AFL rookie enrolled as a graduate student at Alcorn State the following year to complete his college eligibility with the Braves.

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