Look Great, Play Great

Looking good — The Flames celebrate a score in their new uniforms. Photo credit: Leah Seavers

During a Liberty Flames football team meeting Aug. 12, Head Coach Turner Gill announced to the team that it would wear new uniforms this season. Team captains Jacob Hagan, Dominique Davis and Josh Woodrum then entered the room in the new attire, each donning either an all-blue, all-red […]

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Ready for Rocco

REDEMPTION — The Flames will be looking to avenge a road defeat at Richmond last season, where they lost 30-21.  Photo credit: Ruth Bibby

Flames prepare for former head coach’s first game back This Saturday, Liberty Football Head Coach Turner Gill and the Flames will face off in a much-anticipated Homecoming matchup against the record-setting former Liberty Coach Danny Rocco and his Richmond Spiders. Rocco was the head coach for the Liberty Flames football …

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Dogs downed

Untouched — Wide receiver Dante Shells bolts down the field against Bryant. Photo credit: Courtney Russo

Flames blast No. 25 Bryant for third straight win The Liberty Flames football team (3-1) dominated the No. 25 Football Championship Subdivision team in the nation in the NCAA coaches poll, the Bryant University Bulldogs (3-1) 38-21 at Williams Stadium Saturday, Sept. 20. On the first possession of the game, …

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Mind games

Flames fanatics — Flames fans get revved up as Liberty football takes on rival Coastal Carolina. Photo credit: Courtney Russo

Flames are in full preparation mode for No. 23 Heels By the time the Liberty Flames kick off against the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill on Aug. 30, they will know the Tar Heels fight song, word for word. The reason? Flames head coach Turner Gill has been playing it …

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Big South prepares for action

Rise Up —  Quarterback Josh Woodrum hurdles over a diving Monmouth defender. Photo credit: Ruth Bibby

Preview for the upcoming 2014-2015 Flames football conference opponents The Liberty Flames football team will kick off conference play against the Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs Oct. 25 for another season in the Big South Conference and attempt to defend as co-Big South Champions. After losing Virginia Military Institute (VMI) to the …

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Offense triumphs

tag —Liberty’s football team gave fans a sample of next season in its first public scrimmage. Photo credit: Courtney Russo

Defense falls short in football’s annual red vs. white spring game Fans took in their first glimpse of 2014 Liberty football at the annual spring game Saturday, April 12, in which the white team prevailed over the red squad 70-52. Yes, 70-52. The final score was a result of an …

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‘We talkin’ about practice’

Getting started — Liberty opened up spring practice March 19 in preparation for the season in August. Photo credit: Leah Stauffer

The Flames have already begun their training for the upcoming season One week into spring at Liberty University, there has been a little bit of snow, rain, sunshine and, for the first time of 2014, a little bit of football. The Flames finally got out onto the Williams Stadium turf …

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Football reloads

Hitting the trail — Gill recuited players from across the country. Photo credit: Courtney Russo

Head Coach Turner Gill signed 13 recruits The defending co-Big South champion Flames football team looks to build on its 2013 success with the help of 13 new players as it gears up for the new season. Last year, the Flames tied for first place in the Big South Conference …

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Flames roll to third-straight win

BIG EFFORT — Liberty’s Jacob Hagen (27) dives to tackle Presbyterian’s Tobi Antigha during the 35-14 Flames victory. Photo credit: Ruth Bibby

Liberty’s defense continued its dominant play with a 35-14 victory over conference opponent Presbyterian The Liberty Flames (6-4, 3-1 Big South) running game demoralized the Presbyterian Blue Hose (3-6, 1-2 Big South) Saturday, Nov. 9, as the Blue Hose allowed 231 yards on the ground in a 35-14 Flames victory. …

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Running back’s journey defies odds

RUNNING DOWN A DREAM — Rice has run for a team-leading 12 touchdowns and 881 yards this season. Photo credit: Ruth Bibby

Desmond Rice has cemented himself as the top running back in the crowded backfield for the Liberty Flames It is 68 degrees on a Saturday night in the first days of fall. A cool breeze wisps in and out of the concrete valley joined together by freshly branded green turf. …

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Defense key against Keydets

DETERMINATION — Sophomore running back D.J. Abnar ran for 72 yards in the Flames victory over VMI. Photo credit: Ruth Bibby

The Flames allowed only 204 total yards and 14 first downs in their 17-7 victory over VMI The Liberty Flames football team (5-4, 2-1 Big South) came up just short of making school history Saturday, Nov. 2 in its 17-7 victory over the Virginia Military Institute (VMI) Keydets (1-8, 0-4 …

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Living in the Word

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On the trip back home from Boiling Springs, N.C., the Liberty football team celebrated a 24-0 victory over Gardner-Webb. Exhausted and weary from Saturday’s game the following day, the team prepared its game plan for Virginia Military Institute. After preparation, most players headed home, but some stayed behind. For the …

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Beatty, Bulldogs held in check by Flames D

CONSISTENCY — Brandon Apon (82), who had a nine-yard touchdown reception against Gardner-Webb Saturday, grabs a pass against Coastal Carolina. Photo credit: Courtney Russo

A complete game is what the Liberty Flames (4-4, 1-1 Big South) strived for after a homecoming loss, and pitching a shutout on the road against the Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs (4-4, 0-2 Big South) was exactly that. Last season, Gardner-Webb’s redshirt junior quarterback Lucas Beatty threw for 383 yards. But …

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Homecoming heartbreak

TOUCHDOWN — Brandon Apon strides into the endzone. Photo credit: Courtney Russo

To slay a giant, a team must make key plays in big moments. While the Liberty Flames (3-4, 0-1 Big South) battled in the game against the No. 3 (coaches poll) Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (7-0, 2-0 Big South), they came up short in front of a crowd of 18,911 (third …

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Panthers tamed in 73-7 rout

DESTRUCTION — Cornerback Walt Aikens and the Flames defense held the Panthers to only 212 total yards and 13 first downs.: Ruth Bibby

Liberty Flames wide receiver Darrin Peterson snatched a 55-yard bomb from quarterback Josh Woodrum and strolled into the end zone on the Flames first offensive play of the game to begin the Flames (3-2, 0-0 Big South) 73-7 annihilation of the Kentucky Wesleyan Panthers (0-4). “That was our first play …

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