Running the football is somewhat rare for an indoor 50-yard sport like the Arena Football League. It’s even more uncommon when you have an All-Arena quarterback like Dan Raudabaugh throwing to star receivers in Darius Reynolds, Shaun Kauleinamoku and Ryan McDaniel. Nevertheless, Philadelphia Soul FB Mykel Benson found a way to fit in to the defending Arena Bowl champs’ organization, in his first season.
In week 11 against the Tampa Bay Storm, Benson scored his 100th career rushing touchdown. He accomplished the goal in style by trucking over DB Laroche Jackson, to give the Soul a commanding 20 point lead in the third quarter.
— Anthony Carter (@acarterAFL) June 18, 2017
“[Soul] really helped me a lot because not every team runs the football as much as we do,” Benson said after the game. “Coach Dolezel helped me a lot and taught me how to make certain moves. It’s a great honor to be on this team to do it.”
Mykel grew up in Palm Bay Florida, where he played college football for four years at Florida A&M University. Benson admitted the displeasure of adjusting from outdoor football into indoor, but his love for the sport really helped him grow as a player and as a person.
“I’ve been playing since I was four years old so football is football to me at the end of the day,” Benson said. “I got comfortable in my second year in this league and I didn’t like it at first. Of course everyone didn’t like indoor football at first, but just getting to know the game of football really helped me a lot.”
Prior to joining the Soul this season, Benson signed to the Milwaukee Mustangs in 2011 as an undrafted free agent. He would then sign with the George Force in 2012, Orlando Predators from 2012-2013, San Antonio Talons in 2014, and then made first team All-Arena with the Arizona Rattlers in 2016. Throughout his rushing career in the AFL, Mykel has a total of 1,453 yards and 103 touchdowns.
“Having a weapon like that in the backfield is really beneficial to us as a team,” QB Dan Raudabaugh said. “I’m proud of him, its a big milestone and he responds well when his number is called.”
The Soul are on a bye this week (week 13) , but will return to the Wells Fargo Center in week 14 against the (3-6) Baltimore Brigade.