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Brian Hurlocker Ready To Take Charge At FUMA

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The Fork Union Military Academy prep football team has a new head coach for the first time since 1986.  

Mickey Sullivan retired after leading the Blue Devils to the state finals last season, and handed the reins over to Brian Hurlocker.

"I've been too busy to think about it," says Hurlocker.  "We're been practicing twice a day.   I'm sleeping in the barracks.  So it's like, I wake up, I go to bed, and in between is football."

Junior TE/DE Seth Jackson says, "Coach Hurlocker, I think he's a great coach.  He's a little different from coach Sullivan, a little more tough, but I'm sure it's for the best, and I think things are going to go well this season."

Hurlocker is a 1994 graduate of FUMA.  

He's been on the coaching staff since 2004, serving as the offensive coordinator last season.

Senior offensive lineman Mark Uptegraph says, "I think it makes it a lot easier for everyone, because you know your expectations, you know what he's going to ask of you, and he knows what he's doing."

Hurlocker says, "This is a difficult environment to come in to, brand new to Fork Union.  We have a bunch of kids, from all over the place, trying to get them to jell in a short amount of time."

The Blue Devils won't just be replacing a coach this year, as top-ranked quarterback Christian Hackenberg is now at the next level, trying to win the starting gig at Penn State.

Junior quarterback Julius Puryear says, "I didn't really get that much playing time last year, it was kind of hard.  I have a lot of energy, I'm back on the field, and I'm doing what I need to do."

Hurlocker adds, "I don't really know where the quarterback position is going to end up.  We have three guys, and in all honesty, any one of the three could start for us, and help us win games."

FUMA will play its first game August 31st at home against Georgetown Prep.

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