Temple alums look to help Soul

Wayne Tribue
Wayne Tribue
Posted: March 15, 2014

Former Temple lineman Wayne Tribue had figured his Philadelphia playing days were over, when Clint Dolezel called with an offer. The coach wanted him to try out for the Soul.

Tribue, who had been in camp with the 49ers last year, hesitated.

"I didn't know if I wanted to do arena [football]," said the 6-foot-3, 330-pound Tribue, who played all three interior line positions at Temple. "You hear about a drop-off in the way they treat players. I talked to some people I knew in the league, and they said this is the team to be on. I figured I might as well give it a try."

Tribue made it through camp last month at the NovaCare Complex and, with Morkeith Brown returning on defense, gives the Soul a Temple alum on both sides of the line.

Tribue said there was an adjustment learning the different angles to take within the less-crowded line of the AFL. Despite the learning curve, he said camp wasn't all that bad. Brown agreed.

"Whether you're in the AFL or the NFL no camp is tougher than college," said Brown.

Brown, who spent 14 months with the army in Afghanistan before attending Temple, racked up 11 tackles and 11/2 sacks last season.

Of course, there are off-the-field benefits to having players with local ties.

"We know the good places to eat," said Tribue. "Once I get settled, I'll take them down to the Market. Go to Hershel's. Get a Reuben."


mmacyk@phillynews.com

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