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

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MANKATO —

Among some of the other players who have expressed interest in playing for the Brawlers are defensive tackle Freddie Mitchell, running back/cornerback  Chris Reid and Ray Wilson from the University of South Dakota, linebacker Vernon Catlin III from Arkansas Sate and cornerback Tino Madison from Concordia-St. Paul.

Mitchell has most recently been playing with the Sioux City Bandits which is an arena football team in Iowa. Josh Ditzman, a wide receiver out of Farmington by way of Rochester Community College, is also interested in playing.

Coxworth is hoping to debut the team on April 27 at MSU’s Blakeslee Stadium. Although nothing is official yet, the Brawlers would take on the Willmar Broncos in that franchise-opening game.

Other games on the schedule include a matchup with the Rochester Giants on June 8 in Mapleton as part of Town & Country Days. Anther on June 15 against the Minnesota Silverbacks in Janesville s part of the Hay Days celebration and another in Blue Earth against La Crosse’s River City Roughriders in Blue Earth as part of Giant Days. In all, Coxworth is  hoping to put together an 11-game schedule

“I know Blue Earth is a little far out but that’s my home town and I’ve always wanted to put on a game there,” Coxworth said. “We think if we can get some exposure across southern Minnesota we can get a solid fan base going.”

Coxworth has been involved with semi-pro teams as a player and/or general manager for almost 20 years. He formed teams that in Iowa that are still going strong and he’s been eyeing Mankato for quite some time.

“I think this is a good market for it,” he said. “There’s an opportunity here for a lot of former college guys to keep playing.”

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