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Game On Feature: Jacob Hagen the Chess Player
During the 2014 football season, LFSN Game On produced several behind-the-scenes stories about Liberty's football program, including today's feature on safety Jacob Hagen.
Hagen, a senior from Orange Park, Fla., had an All-America season, leading the Flames with 108 tackles, including a team-best 69 solo tackles. The senior also paced Liberty with four forced fumbles and had a 27-yard fumble return for a touchdown during Liberty's season opener at North Carolina.
The safety finished the year with eight interceptions, topping all FCS players in the country. One of his eight interceptions came in overtime at Appalachian State, sealing Liberty's third victory over an FBS opponent in program history.
Hagen earned numerous postseason honors in 2014, including Big South first-team honors, Associated Press (AP) and Walter Camp Foundation first-team All-America honors, FCS ADA Top Collegiate Defense Back honors and finishing seventh in the final voting for the Buck Buchanan Award.
When not watching film on the Flames' next opponent, the senior can be found enjoying a game of chess. The strategy involved in succeeding at one of the world's most popular games has helped Hagen become one of the best defensive players in Liberty's program history.