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Training Camp Update with D.J. Abnar

August 5, 2014
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Throughout the month of August, LibertyFlames.com will continue to provide in-depth coverage of football's preparation for its 2014 season, including player insight features.

The first in the series of player insight features is with junior running back D.J. Abnar, who was thrust into a leadership role following an offseason injury.

Abnar served as Liberty's primary back up running back in 2013, carrying the ball 72 times for 411 yards (5.7 average) and six touchdowns in 11 games played.

His breakout game came against Kentucky Wesleyan when he became 33rd player in program history to rush for 100 yards in a game, carrying the ball 15 times for 108 yards and two touchdowns.

The 5-10, 185-pound running back also finished the season strong, recording a rushing touchdown in each of the last three games of 2013 to help the Flames secure a share of the Big South title.

Abnar was expected to resume the same role in 2014 following the All-Big South season that Desmond Rice put together, last year. Rice rushed for 967 yards and the second most rushing touchdowns in a single season in program history (16). However, Rice suffered an injury during the practice following Liberty's annual spring football game in April and will miss this season (he is set to return in 2015).

Abnar, along with fellow junior Austin Kaigler, will now look to lead a younger group of running backs in redshirt freshmen Todd Macon, Carrington Mosley and Joshua Smith.

Abnar and his new understudies will look to continue the recent trend of success for the Flames on the ground. Liberty finished 2013 rushing for 2,209 yards and setting a school record with 36 rushing touchdowns.

LibertyFlames.com will continue its position previews tomorrow by looking at Liberty's linebackers, while the website will have its second player feature with senior linebacker Nick Sigmon on Thursday.