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2011 Football Training Camp: RB 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.
Today, we continue our position-by-position preview by taking a look at the defensive line. During today's video package, Flames Sports Network correspondent Nick Pierce had a chance to speak with associate head coach and running backs coach Pete Sundheim, who is the senior member of Liberty's football coaching staff.
Last season, the Flames came into 2010 with no legitimate returning experience at running back. Korrey Davis had redshirted the year prior after transferring from Massachusetts, plus Aldreakis Allen had left the school and was no longer with the team.
Sirchauncey Holloway did finish the season with seven rushing touchdowns, but only carried the ball 54 times in eight games.
"We kind of threw some guys into the fire in 2010 at running back," reflected head coach Danny Rocco. "Now this year, they are all back, plus we've added Aldreakis back into the mix. All three players have returned in better shape and are ready to show improvement."
According to Rocco, Holloway has had a "magnificent offseason," and he looks more physical and strong. As the Flames' primary rushing option in 2010, outside of quarterback Mike Brown (854 yards, nine touchdowns), Holloway finished last year rushing for 524 yards and 10 touchdowns.
"Korrey Davis looked much better this spring, as he needed that year under his belt to get back into the mode of being a running back," added Rocco. In his first year with the program, Davis rushed 58 times for 201 yards and one touchdown.
Allen returns to the program, as he reenrolled at Liberty during last spring semester and Rocco says he "has a chance to be very good, as he has great focus and a renewed work ethic." Allen pushed himself forward as a running back frontrunner in 2009, rushing for a team-best 530 yards on 118 carries, to go along with nine touchdowns.
Strength and conditioning coach Bill Gillespie informed Rocco that the running back position made the most marked improvement in the weight room during the offseason.
As previously mentioned and with having all of its running backs returning for the next two years, the Flames coaching staff has moved Chase Barnett to wide receiver. However, when the 5-7 redshirt sophomore is not in the flat catching passes, he will be working out at his more familiar position as a running back.
Running Backs at a Glance
Aldreakis Allen (R-So., 6-0, 230)
Sirchauncey Holloway (R-Jr., 5-7, 200)
Irwin Coleman (R-Sr., 5-9, 190)
Korrey Davis (R-Jr., 5-11, 205)
Desmond Rice (Fr., 5-8, 200)