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2014 Football Opponent Preview: Charleston So.
In addition to its position previews and player features, LibertyFlames.com will take a look at each of Liberty's 2014 Big South football opponents during the month of August.
During the opponent series, the website will bring you audio from the head coach of each football program, as LFSN's Nick Pierce had a chance to talk with them during Big South Football Media Day in July.
The series continues today with a look at the Charleston Southern Buccaneers, who posted a 10-3 record in 2013 and finished the year ranked No. 22 by the Sports Network and No. 24 by the FCS Coaches polls.
Under first-year head coach Jamey Chadwell, the Buccaneers had a season to remember, one including a 31-26 upset victory over No. 3/5 ranked Coastal Carolina.
However, following the victory over the Chanticleers which put the Buccaneers at 10-1 overall, Charleston Southern lost its last two games, keeping the Buccaneers from their first-ever FCS Playoff appearance and a Big South title.
Charleston Southern returns 20 starters from last year's 10-win team, including first-team all-conference running back Christian Reyes and offensive lineman Clayton Truitt.
Reyes rushed for a program-record 1,254 yards, surpassing the previous record by almost 500 yards. He had six 100-yard games and rushed for nine touchdowns.
Charleston Southern lost six starters on defense from 2013, but returns second-team all-conference selections Dylan Black (DE), James Smith (NG) and Demarius Freeman (FS). Freeman led the team in tackles last season with 90 stops (45 solo, 45 assisted).
The Flames were part of the end of the year undoing for Charleston Southern. Liberty finished the season with a 56-14 victory over No. 18/16 Buccaneers in Charleston, S.C., to give the Flames a share of the Big South title. The win marked Liberty's second victory over a top 25 program under head coach Turner Gill and the second-highest ranked team Liberty has beaten on the road in program history.
The Flames lead the longest running series in program history, 19-2, and have not lost to the Buccaneers at Williams Stadium since 2000. Charleston Southern will look to snap the six-game skid in Lynchburg when they travel to the "Hill City" on Nov. 15, Liberty's final regular season home game of the year.
LibertyFlames.com will conclude its Big South opponent preview next week when the website looks at the Chanticleers of Coastal Carolina.