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Brunell gets to work at Episcopal

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Updated: 5/02/2013 1:24 am
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Every year a new crop of high school football coaches take the field for the first time. But one rookie coach has already spent his fair share of time on the gridiron. Mark Brunell takes over the reins at Episcopal after the Eagles went 3-6 in 2012. The long time NFL quarterback is excited about his new chapter in life saying "It's a privilege to be here and to be a part of this school, it's fun. We're going to build something, try to win some football games and see where this goes but it's great to be an Eagle."

Brunell faces a challenge in his first year in a three team district featuring Trinity Christian and the school he volunteered as a coach at last year, Providence. He'll also need to find a new force in the backfield after the transfer of star running back Matt Henderson to Fletcher. The former Jaguars star knows his young squad has some work ahead. "I told them earlier I believe it's the start of something special, we've got some building to do but it's good to be out here, I'm having a great time."

This fall Brunell will make the move from Sundays to Fridays and expects the excitement to follow. "It's fun, there's so much passion in high school football, there is nothing like Friday nights and anybody that has been a part of that can agree with that so I'm looking forward to it."

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