The Free Press, Mankato, MN

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January 1, 2013

Former MSU players getting another shot at grid iron with new amateur league


Back in August, Blue Earth native Trever Coxworth stopped in Mankato and talked with The Free Press about starting up a minor league football team in town.

Coxworth contacted the newspaper again last week and said the Mankato Brawlers semi-pro team is getting closer to reality. He held an open tryout a few months ago and found what he believes are some quality players to add to the roster.

He has another tryout scheduled for 3 p.m. on Sunday at Minnesota State’s Bud Myers Field House. He’s encouraging anyone interested in playing tackle football to attend.

“Things are coming along,” Coxworth said. “We found two guys from Mankato who are interested in playing and both of them played at MSU. One is defensive back Jesse Graves and another is quarterback Ray Teachout.”

Coxworth said he had no idea who Teachout was when he showed up at the tryout but was impressed with the way he was throwing 50-yard bombs almost effortlessly with very little warm-up. 

“I’m 41 now and it takes me a good half hour to warm up to try and throw the ball like that,” Coxworth said. “He opened my eyes and I did some checking on him. I think this team could be a rebirth for him in Mankato.”

The Brawlers are scheduled to play in the Gridiron Developmental Football League. He said the outdoor, 11-man league should not be confused with 9-man Southern Plains Football League which includes a team based out of Truman.

“The Southern Plains is a fine league but our talent level is a lot higher,” Coxworth said. “There are some guy out there who want to play but they’re a little leery because they’re not familiar with our league. Once they see the product we put on the field and the way the games are run, I think they’ll be believers.”

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