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Bryant LewellynAssistant Coach - Defensive Tackles
College: Liberty ('12)
Start Date: 2/1/2013
Bryant Lewellyn has been a part of Liberty's football program since the 2009 season and capped off his four-year career with the Flames by earning All-Big South second team honors as a senior.
Following his playing career, head coach Turner Gill asked Lewellyn to join his coaching staff when he was named Liberty's defensive tackles coach in February 2013.
The 2013 season saw seven different defensive player garner All-Big South honors after Liberty posted top 20 ranked defensive numbers.
Liberty finished the 2013 season ranked No. 5 in the country in scoring defense (17.6 points allowed per game), No. 3 in red zone defense (opponents scoring on 66.7 percent of red zone drives), No. 9 in total defense (313.9 yards allowed per game) and No. 16 in passing yards allowed (178.6).
The Flames also finished the year ranked No. 3 in turnover margin (1.3) and No. 15 in the country be allowing only 12 rushing touchdowns in 2013.
Alongside defensive line coach Vantz Singletary, Lewellyn helped with the development of his former teammates in Cory Freeman and Francis Bah during the 2013 season. Following the NFL Draft, both players received NFL tryouts (Freeman with the Cleveland Browns and Bah with the Chicago Bears).
Lewellyn was part of three Big South championship teams as a player (2009, 2010 and 2012) and a fourth as part of the Flames' coaching staff in 2013. Liberty capped off its 2013 championship run with a 56-14 victory over No. 16 Charleston Southern, marking the third time in program history Liberty has defeated ranked teams in consecutive seasons.
After only playing in nine games and recording five total tackles before his senior year, Lewellyn impressed Liberty's new coaching staff in 2012 and finished off his career in a Flames uniform by having a banner season.
Following spring practice, Lewellyn was named one of four team captains, and he went on to start all 11 games during Liberty's 2012 Big South Conference championship season.
Lewellyn finished the year ranked second on the team and recorded a career-high 20 tackles during the 2012 campaign (10 solo, 10 assisted). He led the Flames and ranked No. 2 in the Big South with 5.0 sacks.
The Danbury, N.C., native saved his best performances of the season for Liberty's top ranked opponents. He recorded season-high tackle totals in Liberty's games against No. 14/12 Montana, No. 16/13 Lehigh and No. 6/8 Stony Brook. Against Stony Brook, Lewellyn finished the game with three tackles, including two sacks, to help the Flames knock off their first Top 10 ranked team in program history.
Lewellyn was part of a defensive unit that helped the Flames finish the year ranked No. 15 nationally in total defense (314.73 yards allowed per game) and No. 24 in rushing defense (126.09).
Lewellyn graduated from Liberty in 2013 with a degree in kinesiology.
Lewellyn at a Glance
Year at Liberty: Second
2013 (1 year) – Liberty (DT)
Recruiting Area: I-81 Corridor/Southwest Virginia, Western North Carolina, Oklahoma and Arkansas
Education: B.A., Kinesiology (Liberty, '13)
Hometown: Danbury, N.C.