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Between the Lines: Getting to Know Nick Newman
Throughout the 2014 football season, LFSN Game On reporter Alan York will take a weekly look inside Liberty's football program in a segment called "Between the Lines."
During this week's segment, York takes a look at Nick Newman, who made a position adjustment during the offseason and has added depth to Liberty's linebacking unit.
The Gainesville, Va., native made an immediate impact on Liberty's football team in 2013, playing in 10 of 12 games as a true freshman. He played behind All-America free safety Jacob Hagen, finishing the season with 15 tackles (10 solo, five assisted). He recorded four tackles in his first collegiate game at Kent State and started for the Flames against Kentucky Wesleyan.
During the offseason, Newman was asked by Liberty's coaching staff to make a position adjustment. The sophomore made the move to weak side linebacker and has played all five games in 2014 behind starter Dylan Lewellyn.
With injuries to Nick Sigmon and Jimmy O'Grady at Indiana State last weekend, Newman is slated to get his first start of 2014 against No. 20/21 Richmond on Saturday. Newman will start at weak side linebacker, while Lewellyn will slide over and take over the defensive leadership at middle linebacker.
Newman has played in all five games this season and is tied for third on Liberty's roster with 27 tackles (12 solo, 15 assisted). He recorded his first career fumble recovery during Liberty's home opener against Brevard, while totaling a career-high eight tackles last week at Indiana State.