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Three Named to Sports Network All-America Teams
Following the most successful season in program history, three Liberty football players have been named to the 2014 Sports Network FCS All-America teams.
Senior safety Jacob Hagen and junior kicker John Lunsford were named to the Sports Network All-America first team, while junior wide receiver Darrin Peterson was a second-team selection.
This is the first career All-America honors for either Lunsford or Peterson, while Hagen has already received a wide array of national honors following his senior season.
Hagen, an All-Big South first-team honoree the last two years, has already been named to the Associated Press, FCS ADA and Walter Camp Foundation FCS All-America teams. He was named the FCS ADA Top Collegiate Defensive Back and finished seventh in the voting for the Buck Buchanan Award (top FCS defensive player in the country).
Hagen led the Flames in 2014 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 native of Orange Park, Fla., 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 program in program history.
Hagen finished his Liberty career with 245 tackles (158 solo, 87 assisted), the most by a Flames' defender since the 2008 season.
During his four-year playing career at Liberty, Hagen recorded 15 career interceptions, which ranks fifth in program history and second in Big South history. His eight interceptions during his senior campaign ranked fourth in single-season program history and tied the Big South's single-season record.
Lunsford returned to his freshman year form this season, earning All-Big South first-team honorees and being named the 2014 Big South Special Teams Player of the Year.
The Fort Myers, Fla., native led the Big South in field goal percentage (79.2) and field goals made (19), while ranking No. 5 nationally in field goals made per game (1.58).
The junior finished the year hitting five-of-six field goals from 50 or more yards and recorded the three longest field goals by an FCS kicker in the country this season (56 yards vs. James Madison, 57 yards vs. Bryant and 60 yards vs. Richmond).
Lunsford set a school record during the 2014 season, as he completed a streak of 94 consecutive extra points.
Peterson, a two-time All-Big South first team selection, set single-season program records in 2014 with 85 receptions and 1,379 receiving yards. He also finished the year with 12 receiving touchdowns, the second highest single-season total in program history.
The native of Attalla, Ala., finished the year with eight 100-yard receiving games, giving him a school-record 12 career 100-yard receiving games.
Peterson finished the year ranked No. 4 in receiving yards, No. 10 in the country in receiving touchdowns and receiving yards per game (98.5) and No. 25 in receptions per game (6.1).
Liberty has had at least one member of its football program be named to a Sports Network All-America team seven of the last eight years with 19 total All-America selections during the eight-year span.