Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Former Jags/FAMU QB Quinn Gray making strides at Jacksonville Mandarin

JACKSONVILLE, Florida -- It didn't take long for former Jaguars quarterback Quinn Gray to start having an impact at Jacksonville Mandarin High, where he was hired as head football coach in April.

Gray coached the Mustangs to the New Smyrna Beach 7on7 title this past weekend, upending Palm Beach Gardens Dwyer in the championship game. Gray did no take over an empty cupboard at Mandarin, which went 12-1 last season and made it to the Class 8A region finals, losing to Winter Garden West Orange.

Former coach Brian Braddock left to take the same position at his alma mater St. Augustine, opening the door for Gray, who attended FAMU, to return to the area. Gray was last the head coach at Mableton (Ga.) Whitefield Academy near Atlanta.

"It feels great. We had a long week and our kids have really shown some grit and some intestinal fortitude," Gray said. "I'm proud of these guys, man .. they were challenged and they stepped up to the plate."


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