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2011 Football Training Camp: QB Preview
Leading up to the Flames' season-opening football battle against N.C. State on Sept. 3, LibertyFlames.com will be previewing each position around the gridiron.
We begin today's position-by-position preview by taking a look at the quarterbacks. During today's video package, Flames Sports Network correspondent Nick Pierce had a chance to speak with offensive coordinator and quarterback coach Brandon Streeter.
On the practice field, the Flames are holding their first of three two-a-day practice schedules. Liberty worked out in full pads on the turf at Williams Stadium this morning and will be in "shells" this afternoon on the grass practice field adjacent to the Williams Football Operations Center.
Tomorrow, Liberty will return to its practice schedule during the afternoon hours, where the Flames will have their first scrimmage-oriented practice with officials overseeing portions of the two-hour workout. LibertyFlames.com will be providing a live Twitter blog during the practice and fans will need to follow the Liberty Flames Twitter page to receive in-practice updates.
For the second year in a row, Liberty returns the reigning Big South Offensive Player of the Year in quarterback Mike Brown. The rising senior had an outstanding 2010 season, one that landed him a spot on the Walter Payton Award watch list.
"Any time you have your quarterback coming back, that is a good thing for a program," commented head coach Danny Rocco. "Especially when that quarterback is a two-time Player of the Year in your conference. The quarterback area is obviously one of the strongest areas in our program."
Brown finished 2010 ranked No. 1 in the country in total offense, averaging 346.36 total offensive yards per game.
He was Liberty's leading rusher and passer, as he ran for 854 yards and passed for another 2,956 yards. He was responsible for 32 of the team's 47 touchdowns (68.1 percent) and finished his season ranked No. 4 nationally in points responsible for (17.45 per game).
His 3,810 total offensive yards shattered Liberty's previous record of 3,127 yards set by Phil Basso in 1984. Brown also finished the year ranked No. 8 in passing yards per game (268.73), No. 11 in total passing yards and No. 7 in passing efficiency (149.63).
The Flames also return Tyler Brennan, a junior who played in all 11 games in 2010. With Brennan in the game, which Rocco hopes to do even more in 2011, the Flames were able to be more versatile and use Brown's athleticism as a running back or wide receiver option.
Henderson spent most of last year as a wideout option, catching 10 passes for 127 yards as a true freshman. This spring, Henderson will spend more workout time with the quarterbacks, following a very similar career path that has led Brown to this position's starting spot.
Quarterbacks at a Glance
Mike Brown (R-Sr., 6-0, 205)
Tyler Brennan (R-Jr., 6-3, 220)
Brian Hudson (R-So., 6-3, 215)
Gabe Henderson (So., 5-11, 190)
Josh Woodrum (Fr., 6-3, 205)