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Former Wonder Boy Acquired by AFL's Soul

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Former Arkansas Tech defensive lineman T.J. Langley was acquired by the Philadelphia Soul of the Arena Football League in a trade over the weekend.

Langley was acquired from the Jacksonville Sharks in return for defensive back Micheaux Robinson.

In six games for Jacksonville this season, Langley recorded 7.5 tackles and one quarterback sack.

“We think Langley has a lot of upside," said Soul head coach Doug Plank in a news release from the team. "For someone to have only played the position for one year in college before coming out and performing as a professional is impressive. He’s young, big and strong. We see him not just as someone with a bright future, but as a player that can make an impact right now.”

Langley, who participated in training camp with the National Football League's Buffalo Bills in 2011, earned letters at Arkansas Tech in 2009 and 2010.

He made four receptions for 31 yards and two touchdowns as a junior tight end in 2009, but a switch to the defensive side of the ball allowed him to blossom in 2010.

The Hugo, Okla., native made 23 tackles as a senior. He had 5.5 tackles for a loss and 3.5 quarterback sacks. He was credited with nine quarterback hurries.

Langley joins a Philadelphia team that is 7-2 overall and in first place in the AFL American Conference East Division.

His first game with the Soul will be a road contest on Friday, May 18, against the Spokane Shock.

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