Big South Players of the Week
Sept. 1 Offensive: Conte Cuttino, RB, SBU Defensive: Chris Richards, DB, SBU Specialist: Jonathan Crawford, LU, RS Freshman: Edwin Gowins, RB, SBU
Sept. 8 Offensive: Tim Maypray, QB, VMI Defensive: Dominique Davenport, DB, CCU Specialist: Gerald Stevenson, KR, CSU Freshman: Edwin Gowins, RB, SBU
Sept. 15 Offensive: Zach MacDowall, QB, CCU Defensive: Chad Brown, LB, LU Specialist: Mike Larsson, P, LU Freshman: Chris Kuzdale, DB, CSU
Sept. 22 Offensive: Zach MacDowall, QB, CCU Defensive: J.D. Rice, LB, CCU Specialist: Rayn Gates, K, GWU Freshman: Greg Stevens, K, VMI
Sept. 29 Offensive: Rashad Jennings, RB, LU Defensive: Nick Hursky, LB, LU Specialist: Ryan Gates, K, GWU Freshman: Matt Bevins, K, LU
Oct. 6 Offensive: Rashad Jennings, RB, LU Defensive: Kamalu Umu, DL, CSU Specialist: Andy Brown, P, CSU Freshman: Matt Bevins, K, LU
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Brock Is Boosting His Numbers Too
Rashad Jennings isn’t the only player on Liberty’s roster moving up the program’s and Big South’s all-time career listings. Quarterback Brock Smith will also be leaving his mark on the league and program’s record books after this season. The senior’s 239-yard performance against Coastal Carolina last weekend moved him into fourth in Big South listings and fifth in school rankings with 5,327 career passing yards. He needs just 84 more yards to move past Phil Basso for fourth place on Liberty’s all-time career listing. He also needs two more touchdown passes to take over third place from Antwan Chiles, who finished his career with 40 scoring passes.
Near Perfect Passer
Brock Smith enters today’s game as one of the most efficient passers in the nation. The senior currently ranks No. 9 nationally in passing efficiency, boasting a 160.32 passer ranking. Should the season end today, Smith would finish his career as the most proficient passer in Liberty and Big South history. The senior has a 144.1 career passer efficiency rating, ranking ahead of Charleston Southern’s Collin Drafts (134.4) and Liberty’s Robby Justino (132.6) in the respective rankings.
Touchdown Streak Halted
For the first time in 18 games, Zach Terrell failed to record a rushing touchdown in a game, as the senior finished the Western Carolina game on Sept. 13 with eight carries for 51 yards without finding the end zone. Prior to the game against the Catamounts, the last time Terrell played in a game without rushing for a touchdown was on Sept. 30, 2006, when the then sophomore carried the ball four times for 20 yards without finding the end zone against Wake Forest. Terrell currently ranks third in the Big South and fifth in Liberty’s program history with 29 career rushing touchdowns.
Ryan is Racking Them Up
Ryan Greiser was the Flames’ leading tackler against Coastal Carolina last week, as the senior finished the contest with Liberty’s Big South rival by tallying nine stops. Greiser has been one of the Flames’ top tacklers over the last several games, as he ranked second on the squad in tackles during Liberty’s victory over No. 23 Youngstown State. The current tackling barrage has helped the senior climb to second on the squad in tackles (29), including a team-best 16 solo stops.
Liberty has two of the nation’s best return specialists on its roster in senior’s Dominic Bolden and Jonathan Crawford. Bolden, who currently ranks No. 3 nationally by averaging 19.83 yards per punt return, is the Big South’s all-time leader with 1,274 career kickoff returns yards and three kick offs returned for a touchdown. Bolden also ranks atop the program’s listing with a 29.6 kickoff return yard average, which is more than two yards better than Andrew McFadden’s 27.4 average that stands in second place on the listing. Bolden’s wideout partner Crawford currently ranks No. 6 nationally, as the senior is averaging 32.00 yards per kickoff return. Both return specialists have returned a kickoff and a punt for a touchdown to account for two of three players in Big South history to accomplish the feat.
Bolden Is a Big-Time Threat
Dominic Bolden led the Flames’ receiving corps last weekend at Coastal Carolina, pulling in five passes for 93 yards and a touchdown. It was the senior’s second-best receiving game of the year and the third of his career. Bolen enters today’s game averaging a Big South best 79.6 receiving yards per game and No. 31 nationally in the statistical category. He also ranks second on the team and fourth in the league, as he is scoring 7.2 points per game (six touchdowns/five games).
Hursky Hurries the Passer
Nick Hursky led the Flames with 1.5 tackles for a loss on Saturday against Coastal Carolina, picking up nearly half of the team’s total tackles for a loss (4.0). The senior currently leads the Big South and ranks No. 8 nationally, as he is averaging 1.75 tackles for a loss per game. The linebacker come into the season with 12.5 negative-yardage stops to his career credit and is more than halfway to matching that total this year with 7.0 tackles for a loss.
Coaches on the Field
At halftime of the Flames’ annual Spring Football Game on April 19, head coach Danny Rocco tabbed six players for leadership roles in 2008, when the skipper named his team captains. Quarterback Brock Smith, running back Rashad Jennings and center Mike Godsil were named offensive team captains. Defensively, nose guard Colin Dugan, linebacker Nick Hursky and defensive back Ryan Greiser were recognized as this year’s defensive team captains.