Big South Conference Preseason All-Conference Team
Offense QB - Brock Smith, Liberty, Sr. RB - Rashad Jennings, Liberty, Sr. RB - Conte Cuttino, Stony Brook, Jr. WR - Dee Brown, Charleston Southern, Sr. WR - Lynell Suggs, Stony Brook, Sr. WR - Dobson Collins, Gardner-Webb, Sr. TE - Scott Fambrough, Coastal Carolina, Jr. OL - Demario Deese, Gardner-Webb, Sr. OL - Britt Leggett, Coastal Carolina, R-Sr. OL - Mike Godsil, Liberty, Sr. OL - Britt Stone, Liberty, R-Sr. OL - Alex Bragg, Charleston Southern, R-Sr.
Defense DL - Colin Dugan, Liberty, Sr. DL - Phillip Oboh, Coastal Carolina, Jr. DL - Adam Soivilien, Stony Brook, Sr. DL - Jake Killeen, Charleston Southern, Sr. LB - Mario Brown, Gardner-Webb, Sr. LB - Nick Hursky, Liberty, Sr. LB - D.J. Rice, Coastal Carolina, Sr. LB - Josh Mitchell, Charleston So., R-Sr. DB - Marrio Norman, Coastal Car., R-Sr. DB - Cedric McGowan, Gardner-Webb, Jr. DB - Daniel Cooke, Gardner-Webb, Sr. DB - Patrick Calvary, Liberty, Sr.
Special Teams PK - Luke Gaddis, Stony Brook, Sr. P - Michael Hanna, Gardner-Webb, Sr. LS - Dan Pope, Liberty, R-Sr. KR - Tim Maypray, VMI, Jr. PR - Dobson Collins, Gardner-Webb, Sr.
Preseason Offensive Player of the Year Rashad Jennings, RB, Sr., Liberty
Preseason Defensive Player of the Year Mario Brown, LB, Sr., Gardner-Webb
returns, averaging 25.95 yards per return. The Flames are one of 18 FCS programs to have returned a kickoff for a touchdown in 2008, recording a 76-yard return against North Greenville in its season opener.
Punt Return Prowess
For the fourth time in five games, the Flames averaged roughly 20 yards per punt return, as Liberty returned two punts for 49 yards (an average of 24.9 yards per return) against Coastal Carolina last weekend. Nationally, Liberty ranks No. 6 in the statistical category, as the Flames are averaging 17.6 yards per return.
Return King Trio
Liberty is one of three programs among the FCS ranks to have returned both a kick off and a punt for a touchdown in 2008. The Flames returned a kickoff 76 yards for a score against North Greenville and a punt 72 yards to the end zone against Glenville State. The Flames are joined by Hampton (two punt and two kickoffs returned for touchdowns) and James Madison (one punt and one kickoff returned for a touchdowns) in the elite group.
The Big South’s Best
For the second week in a row, Liberty’s Rashad Jennings and Matt Bevins were named Big South Offensive Player and Freshman of the Week on Monday. The pair helped Liberty to a 43-38 road victory over Coastal Carolina, as Jennings scored three touchdowns and rushed for 195 yards. Bevins set a new career high, scoring 13 points, which was aided by a season-best three field goals.
Another New Personal Best
Following a week which saw the tailback gain National Player of the Week honors as he rushed for a career-high 220 yards, Rashad Jennings bettered his numbers against Big South rival Coastal Carolina last Saturday. The senior finished the game with the Chanticleers with 228 all-purpose yards, setting a new career high, while scoring three touchdowns for the second-straight week and the sixth time during his days at Liberty.
Patrick Calvary intercepted a pass in the end zone last weekend against Coastal Carolina, helping the senior to move into fifth place on the Big South’s all-time interception list with seven career picks. The senior also ranks fifth in league history with 114 career interception return yards.
Moving Up the Charts
With the stellar season Rashad Jennings in putting together in 2008, the senior is moving up several Liberty and Big South career listings. Here is a list of where Jennings ranks in those statistical categories and what he needs to do to continue moving up: Big South
Rushing Yards – Third with 2,764 (needs 460 yards to pass VMI’s Sean Mizzer)
Rushing Attempts – Fourth with 475 (needs 30 yards to pass Charleston Southern’s Collin Drafts)
Rushing Touchdowns – Second with 31 (needs 16 touchdowns to pass Coastal Carolina’s Aundres Perkins and become the Big South’s all-time leader)
100-Yard Rushing Games – Second with 16 (needs two more to move past Liberty’s Dre Barnes and become the Big South’s all-time leader)
Overall Scoring – Sixth with 212 points (needs three more to move past Charleston Southern’s Nick Ellis)
Non-Kicker Scoring – Third with 212 points (needs 53 more to move past Coastal Carolina’s Jerome Simpson)
Rushing Yards – Third with 2,764 (needs 948 more to pass Stacy Nobles)
Rushing Attempts – Fifth with 475 (needs 13 more to pass Glenn Inverso)
Rushing Touchdowns – Third with 31 (needs five more to pass Stacy Nobles and Lawrence Worthington to become the program’s all-time leader)
Scoring Excluding Kickers – Third with 212 points (needs 11 more to move past Stacy Nobles)
Jennings Among the Best
Back-to-back 200 all-purpose yards and three touchdown games have moved Rashad Jennings up the national rankings. The senior enters today’s game ranked No. 4 nationally in average rushing yards per game (157.75) and tied for third in scoring (12.0 points per game).
Brock Smith completed 15-of-24 pass attempts against Coastal Carolina on Saturday, throwing for 239 yards and three scores to lead the Flames to victory. The contest marked the 11th time in his Liberty career that Smith has surpassed the 200-yard passing mark in a game and seventh time since his freshman year that the senior has thrown for a trio of touchdowns in a contest.