By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Philadelphia Soul has made some roster moves.
The Soul has announced the additions of Offensive and Defensive Lineman Jeffrey Fitzgerald and Nick Rossi to the active roster. Fitzgerald is a 6-4, 265-pounder from Kansas State. Rossi is a 6-6, 295-pounder from Boston College.
Both players could make their debut on Monday night when the Soul faces the Milwaukee Mustangs for the first time. The Mustangs were not around when the Soul played in the Arena Football League from 2004 to 2008.
“Jeffrey and Nick are two versatile athletes that will have a chance to make an immediate impact for us,” said Soul head coach Mike Hohensee. “The bye week gave us an opportunity to re-focus. These two players complement our roster with their unique abilities and should help us become a better football team.”
Both Fitzgerald and Rossi will be making their Arena Football League debuts with the Soul, as both players are rookies. To make room for Fitzgerald and Rossi, the team has released Offensive Lineman Ryne Holstrom and Wide Receiver Dominique Thompson.
Fitzgerald started his college career at the University of Virginia, before transferring to Kansas State. He received Virginia’s Bill Dudley Award as the team’s outstanding first-year player.
He had a 137 tackles with 24 tackles for a loss at Virginia, before deciding to go to Kansas State.
In his final season with the Wildcats, he had 40 tackles. He also had 24 solo tackles and 10 tackles for a loss. He also had 7 sacks with one interception.
Rossi played for three different head coaches at Boston College. He started his college career being coached by Tom O’Brien in 2005 and 2006. O’Brien is currently the North Carolina State Wolfpack head coach.
He was then coached by Jeff Jagodzinski, who coached him in 2007 and 2008. He was then coached by Frank Spaziani in 2009.
Most of the playing time that Rossi saw was on special teams and the defensive line when he was a senior with the Eagles. He had 18 tackles, with 10 solo tackles. He also had two tackles for a loss.
His best game of his career came against the Virginia Tech Hokies when he had four tackles, a sack, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery.