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June 13, 2013

Mankato Brawlers ready for season-opener

Semi-pro Mankato Brawlers will play 11-man tackle football

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Some of the other former college players on this year's roster are University of South Dakota running back Chris Reid, Concordia defensive back/linebacker Tino Madison and wide receiver/defensive back Spencer Bowen from Iowa. Other MSU players are Earl Brooks (WR, RB, DB) and Tory Garrett (DB, WR).

The Brawlers' roster also includes three New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva graduates in Jake Reyant (WR, DB), Erick Olson (OL/DL) and Chris Edmound (LB, TE).

Dan Kelly (LB) and Nate Salic (DL/OL) from Mankato East are also on board.

Joining the UNFL was not the original plan for the Brawlers, but Coxworth said it worked out better for the Mankato franchise because it runs through the summer and into the fall.

"The other league we were looking at started in the spring, and that just didn't work for a lot of our players," he said. "This works out a lot better. Our goal is to get more games in Mankato in future seasons."

Coxworth realizes a lot of people are skeptical about a tackle football league making a go of it in Vikings country but says the best argument he can make for the Brawlers is to have people come out and watch a game.

"This is a very good brand of football," he said. "I think people will be surprised at the level of play they see on the field."

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