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2015 Football Opponent Preview: Presbyterian
In addition to its position previews and player features, LibertyFlames.com will take a look at each of Liberty's 2015 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. LFSN reporter Nick Pierce had a chance to talk with each head coach during the Big South Football Media Day events in Atlanta in July.
LibertyFlames.com continues its Big South opponent previews today by taking a look at Presbyterian, who was predicted to finish in fourth place in the conference's preseason poll released in July.
The Blue Hose finished 2014 with a 6-5 record, spotlighted by a pair of wins over Top 25 programs. Presbyterian helped the Big South have its best non-conference results in league history, including a win over No. 12 Furman, plus they knocked off league foe Charleston Southern who was ranked No. 22.
However, Presbyterian was forced to share third place in the league's final standings following losses to Coastal Carolina (40-28) and Liberty (28-7).
The Flames continued their march toward a Big South title with a sizeable win in Clinton, S.C., to begin the month of November. Liberty quickly opened up a 21-0 first half lead and never looked back to post its third of four straight wins.
Liberty remains unbeaten against the Blue Hose since they officially joined the Big South in 2009 and has won the last four meetings at Williams Stadium between the two teams. Liberty will once again open the month of November against Presbyterian when they host them at home on Nov. 7.
Presbyterian placed two members on the Big South Preseason All-Conference team in linebacker Donelle Williams and defensive back Ed Britt.
Williams led the Blue Hose with 81 tackles in 2014 (51 solo, 30 assisted), while adding 4.5 tackles for a loss, 2.5 sacks and three pass breakups. Britt ranked second only to Williams, finishing the season with 72 tackles (53 solo, 19 assisted) and a team-best three interceptions.