The Home of Arena Football Fans since 1998

Philadelphia Soul Philadelphia Soul

Home | News | Schedule | Stats | Arena Info | Roster | Transactions | Dance Team | Forum | History | Team Info

McDaniel returns, Benson joins Soul roster

Friday January 13, 2017

 Soul Receiver and Former Rattlers Fullback in Search of Another ArenaBowl Championship

– The Arena Football League today announced that WR Ryan McDaniel (6’3, 200, Samford) and FB Mykel Benson (6’0, 275, Florida A&M) have been added to the 2017 roster. This is McDaniel’s fifth season with the Soul and Benson’s first.

“Ryan has been a constant in our receiving core for four seasons now,” said Soul head coach Clint Dolezel. “He has developed into a very skilled athlete who can help lead this team to another winning season.”

In his four seasons with the Soul, McDaniel compiled a total of 345 receptions for 4,159 yards and 88 touchdowns. As a rookie in 2013, McDaniel earned Playmaker of the Game honors in ArenaBowl XXVI after tying a championship game record with 13 receptions.

“We have a tradition of running the football and bringing in a guy like Mykel Benson keeps that tradition going,” said Dolezel. “His All-Arena talent will strengthen our offense and help keep our back-to-back ArenaBowl dreams alive.”

The First Team All-Arena fullback was a member of the Arizona Rattlers for the 2015 and 2016 seasons totaling 171 rushes for 507 yards and 37 touchdowns. Prior to his time with the Rattlers, Benson spent time with the San Antonio Talons, Orlando Predators, Georgia Force and Milwaukee Mustangs, recording 296 rushes for 790 yards and 50 touchdowns. Benson was also awarded Second Team All-Arena in 2014.


The 2016 World Champion Philadelphia Soul are entering their 12th season in the Arena Football League. In the first 11 seasons, the Soul have won four Division Championships, four Conference Championships and two World Championships. Since the inaugural season in 2004, the Soul are the winningest professional sports team in Philadelphia. Season memberships and Group tickets for the Soul’s upcoming 2017 season are on sale now. For tickets, contact the Soul sales department at (215) 253-4900 ext. 3, or request contact from a Soul representative by filling out the form on Follow the Soul on Facebook at and Twitter at