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Flames Practice Recap: Friday (Aug. 19)

August 19, 2011
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A change in the practice plan highlighted Liberty's second-to-last session of 2011 Football Training Camp, when Liberty returned to the practice field on Friday afternoon.

Following last night's workout, which was held in conjunction with the Chancellor's Cookout, Liberty returned to its slate of afternoon practices with today's session running from 2:20 to 5 p.m.

Head coach Danny Rocco flip-flopped the practice plan for his final two workouts of this year's training camp practice plan, giving his squad a two-hour practice that focused heavily on special teams.

During the afternoon, Rocco held five different units that focused on punt and punt returns, three unique field goal drills and four separate kick off and kickoff return segments.

Liberty did wrap up the afternoon workout, Practice No. 18 of this year's training camp, with a segment working on the two-minute drill and overtime periods. During these drills, Rocco had his first-team offense and first-team defense square off against each other, followed by the second-team offense and second-team defense scrimmage during these unique game situation.

Following today's workout, Flames Sports Network reporter Nick Pierce had a chance to talk with Rocco and senior B.J. Hayes. Rocco gave his thoughts on today's practice, while Hayes was able to talk with Pierce about Liberty's special teams efforts this training camp.

Hayes led the Flames in 2010 in punt returns (12 returns for 122 yards, 10.2 average) and tied for the team lead in kickoff returns (13 returns for 274 yards, 21.1 average).

The Flames will hold their final practice of 2011 Football Training Camp on Saturday morning, starting at 9:20 a.m. The session will close with roughly 45 to 60 minutes of scrimmaging and will take place on the turf inside of Williams Stadium.