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November 22, 2011
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For the sixth year in a row, Liberty led all Big South programs in all-conference selections, with the Flames grabbing 15 spots on the 2011 Big South all-conference football teams released earlier today by the league.

The Flames led the seven Big South programs, finishing the voting with more first-team all-conference selections (seven), second-team honorees (eight) and total award winners.

The Flames had four first-team offensive honorees (QB – Mike Brown, WR – Chris Summers, TE – Tommy Shaver and OL – Malcolm Boyd) and three specials teams selections (P – Mike Larsson, LS – Richard Wright, KR – Kevin Fogg).

Liberty's eight second-team selections include three on offense (WR – Pat Kelly, OL – Toney White and OL – Aaron Lundy) and five on defense (DL – Asa Chapman, DL – Francis Bah, LB – Nick Sigmon, DB – Walt Aikens and DB – Kevin Fogg).

Liberty has led all Big South programs for the past six seasons in terms of total all-conference selections, including four years with 15 or more award winners in a season.

During the 10-year history of the Big South Conference, Liberty ranks second in the league with 128 all-time all-conference selections (54 first-team, 63 second-team). Gardner-Webb continues to lead the Big South with 140 all-time all-conference honorees (76 first-team, 64 second-team).

Stony Brook followed behind the Flames with 10 all-conference selections in 2011 (six first-team, four second-team), while securing two of this year's major conference honors.

Seawolves' junior running back Miguel Maysonet was named the Big South Offensive Player of the Year, ending Liberty's four-year stranglehold on the award (Rashad Jennings in 2007 and 2008; Mike Brown in 2009 and 2010). Maysonet scored a league-high 96 points (16 touchdowns), while also leading the league with 1,485 rushing yards.

After starting the season 0-3, Stony Brook head coach Chuck Priore led the Seawolves to eight-straight victories, including a 41-31 win over No. 16/16 Liberty, last Saturday, to secure this year's Big South title and help him capture Big South Coach of the Year honors.

Presbyterian College, the Big South's most improved team in 2011, took home two other major awards.
Defensive back Justin Bethel ranked No. 3 in the Big South in total tackles (87) and led the league with 60 solo stops, en route to capturing Big South Defensive Player of the Year honors.

Donelle Williams was tabbed the league's Big South Freshman of the Year after the Presbyterian College player finished third in the league among linebackers with 83 tackles.

First-Team All-Conference
Offense

QB - Mike Brown, R-Sr., Liberty
RB - Miguel Maysonet, Jr., Stony Brook
RB - Brock Jackolski, Sr., Stony Brook
WR - Chris Summers, R-Sr., Liberty
WR - James Perry III, R-Sr., Gardner-Webb
WR - Nathan Perera, So., Charleston Southern
TE - Tommy Shaver, R-Sr., Liberty
OL - Joe Faiella, Sr., Stony Brook
OL - Rob Bailey, Sr., VMI
OL - Jamie Dunaway, Jr., Gardner-Webb
OL - Malcolm Boyd, Jr., Liberty
OL - Max Travis, Sr., Presbyterian College

Defense
DL - Preston Pemasa, So., Gardner-Webb
DL - Ryan Haber, R-Sr., Stony Brook
DL - Brian Davis, Sr., Presbyterian College
DL - Matt Goods, R-So., Gardner-Webb
LB - Marty Patterson, R-Sr., Gardner-Webb
LB - A.J. Gross, R-Sr., VMI
LB - Jawara Dudley, So., Stony Brook
LB - Andrae Jacobs, Jr., Coastal Carolina
DB - Josh Norman, Sr., Coastal Carolina
DB - Justin Bethel, Sr., Presbyterian College
DB - Charles James, R-Jr., Charleston Southern
DB - Chris Kuzdale, Sr., Charleston Southern

Special Teams
PK - Wesley Skiffington, R-Jr., Stony Brook
P - Mike Larsson, Sr., Liberty
LS - Richard Wright, R-So., Liberty
KR - Kevin Fogg, Jr., Liberty

PR - Ricky Rhodes, R-Jr., Gardner-Webb

Second-Team All-Conference
Offense

QB - Kyle Essington, Jr., Stony Brook
RB - Kenny Little, R-Jr., Gardner-Webb
RB - Lance Byrd, Jr., Presbyterian College
WR - Pat Kelly, Jr., Liberty
WR - Matt Hazel, Soph., Coastal Carolina
WR - Tracy Hairston, R-Sr., VMI
TE - Jamie Childers, Sr., Coastal Carolina
OL - Steve Demilio, R-Jr., Gardner-Webb
OL - Jamey Cheatwood, R-Soph., Coastal Carolina
OL - Toney White, R-Sr., Liberty
OL - Tim Franklin, Sr., Coastal Carolina
OL - Aaron Lundy, R-Jr., Liberty

Defense
DL - Asa Chapman, Sr., Liberty
DL - Roosevelt Kirk, Sr., Stony Brook
DL - Chris Thomas, Jr., Coastal Carolina
DL - Francis Bah, R-So., Liberty (tie)
DL - Derren Evans, Sr., Presbyterian College (tie)
LB - Nick Sigmon, R-Fr., Liberty
LB - CeeJay Harris, Sr., Presbyterian College
LB - Mike Chocholousek, Jr., Charleston Southern
LB - Desmond Steward, Sr., Coastal Carolina
DB - Byron Allen, R-Sr., VMI
DB - Walt Aikens, R-So., Liberty
DB - Dominick Reyes, R-Jr., Stony Brook
DB - Kevin Fogg, Jr., Liberty

Special Teams
PK - Trever Austin, Fr., Gardner-Webb
P - Patrick Morgano, Jr., Presbyterian College
LS - Mike Chocholousek, Jr., Charleston Southern
KR - Brock Jackolski, Sr., Stony Brook
PR - Niccolo Mastromatteo, So., Coastal Carolina

All-Academic Team
Richard Mounce, R-Jr., QB, Charleston Southern
Marcus Lott, Sr., DB, Coastal Carolina
Jamie Dunaway, Jr., OL, Gardner-Webb
Matt Bevins, Sr., K, Liberty
James Festa, So., OL, Presbyterian College
Kyle Essington, Jr., QB, Stony Brook
A.J. Gross, R-Sr., LB, VMI

Offensive Player of the Year
Miguel Maysonet, Jr., RB, Stony Brook

Defensive Player of the Year
Justin Bethel, Sr., DB, Presbyterian College

Freshman of the Year
Donnelle Williams, LB, Presbyterian College

Coach of the Year
Chuck Priore, Stony Brook

Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Marcus Lott, Sr., DB, Coastal Carolina

Liberty's Big South Honorees

QB – Mike Brown (R-Sr.)
Two-time Walter Payton Award candidate (2010 and 2011) … two-time Big South Offensive Player of the Year (2009 and 2010) … finished his career with a Big South record 15 games with 300 or more total offensive yards … Big South career rankings: No. 3 in total offense (7,947 yards), No. 4 in total offensive plays (1,104) and No. 5 in total offense per game (180.6) … Big South career quarterback rankings (only played two full years at quarterback): No. 1 in completion percentage (65.0), No. 5 in touchdown passes (45) and No. 6 in passing yards (6,072) … currently leads the Big South and ranks No. 9 in the country in total offense (310.10 yards per game) and passing efficiency (153.57) … No. 7 in the nation in points responsible for (16.60 per game) … No. 17 in passing yards per game (266.40) … against Big South foes, he was 112-of-171 for 1,581 yards, 11 touchdowns (263.5 yards per game).

WR – Chris Summers (R-Sr.)
Reigning All-America wide receiver, who posted his second-straight 1,000-yard season … No. 1 in the Big South in receptions, receiving yards, receptions per game (5.8), receiving yards per game and receiving touchdowns … ranks No. 14 in the country in total receiving yards, No. 15 in receiving yards per game and No. 19 in receptions per game … finishes his career as Liberty's all-time career leader in receptions (188), receiving yards (2,712) and touchdown receptions (26) … Big South career rankings: No. 1 in 100-yard games (10), No. 2 in receiving yards (2,712), No. 3 in receptions (188)  and touchdowns (26) … set a program and Big South record during his final career game with 10 catches for 240 yards against Stony Brook … helped Liberty finish the regular season ranked No. 7 in the country in scoring offense (35.91 points per game), No. 18 in passing offense (270.27) and total offense (426.25).

TE – Tommy Shaver (R-Sr.)
Started nine out of 11 games … had a career breakout year in 2011, finishing the season ranked No. 3 on the squad in receiving yards … came into the season with 12 career receptions for 153 yards … led the squad by averaging 21.8 yards per catch against Big South opponents … tripled his career touchdown total, finishing the season tied for third on the team with two receiving touchdowns … opened up Big South play in 2011 with his first career 100-yard game, besting Gardner-Webb with four receptions for 110 yards and a touchdown … had two catches for 44 yards against Presbyterian College … key downfield tackler on Liberty's special teams units … ranked No. 2 in the Big South among non-defenders with 10 tackles … helped Liberty finish the regular season ranked No. 7 in the country in scoring offense (35.91 points per game), No. 18 in passing offense (270.27) and total offense (426.25).

OL – Malcolm Boyd (Jr.)
Started nine out of the 10 games he played in at left guard … missed the VMI game due to an injury … graded out at 86 percent … Big South preseason all-conference selection … recorded 60 knockdowns … allowed only one sack … part of the offensive line that was named the team's Offensive Player of the Week against Coastal Carolina … key part of Liberty's offensive line that helped the Flames finish the year ranked No. 7 in the country in scoring offense (35.91 points per game), No. 18 in passing offense (270.27) and total offense (426.25) … Liberty was also ranked No. 12 in passing efficiency (150.20), No. 20 in first down offense (21.45 per game) and No. 22 in tackles for a loss allowed (5.00 per game) … helped the Flames finish the year rank No. 2 in third-down efficiency (51.05 percent/73-of-143) and No. 17 in fourth-down efficiency (61.54 percent/8-of-13).

P – Mike Larsson (Sr.)
Two-time Big South first-team all-conference (2010 and 2011) … one of the most consistent punters in program history … finished his senior year with a career-best 42.8 punting average … 19 career games with a punting averaging above 40.0 yards, including nine games in 2011 … due to Liberty's prolific offense, he was limited to 37 punts in 11 games (3.36) … the NCAA minimum is 3.6 punts per game to be included in the national rankings … if eligible, Larsson would rank No. 9 in the country in punting average … he would lead the Big South by more than 2.0 yards per punt if he would be eligible for conference rankings … finished his career with 47 punts inside the 20-yard line (37.00 percent for his career) … 21 career 50-yard punts … only had one punt blocked during his career at Liberty … his career punting average (39.6 yards) ranks second best in program history and third best in Big South history.

LS – Richard Wright (R-So.)
Two-year starter at long snapper … started all 11 games in 2011 … last year, Wright helped kicker Matt Bevins earn his second All-America honor and lead the country in field goals, plus helped punter Mike Larsson earn Big South first-team all-conference honors … despite injuries throughout the 2011 season, Bevins became the first player in Big South history with 300 career points (309) … Larsson has posted career numbers in 2011 … Larsson finished his senior year with a career-best 42.8 punting average … due to Liberty's prolific offense, Larsson was limited to 37 punts in 11 games (3.36) … the NCAA minimum is 3.6 punts per game to be included in the national rankings … if eligible, Larsson would rank No. 9 in the country in punting average … Larsson would lead the Big South by more than 2.0 yards per punt if Larsson would be eligible for conference rankings .

KR – Kevin Fogg (Jr.)
Ranks No. 1 in the country with a 33.5 kickoff return average … two-time Big South Special Teams Player of the Week … one of only two Division I player in the country (both FBS and FCS) to finish the season with three kickoff returns for a touchdown … helped Liberty rank No. 4 in the country in kickoff returns … his kickoff return average is the second-best in program history … second player in Big South history to average more than 30.0 yards per kickoff return for a season (previous record was 32.0 yards per return by Liberty's Dominic Bolden in 2007) … his total kickoff return yards sets a new program record and ranks No. 7 in Big South single-season history ... as a defensive back, he ranked seventh on the team in total tackles despite not starting a game … more than doubled his career total, as he entered the season with 43 stops during his first two seasons of competition.

WR – Pat Kelly (Jr.)
Second on the team in receptions, receiving yards and touchdown receptions … helped Liberty finish the regular season ranked No. 7 in the country in scoring offense (35.91 points per game), No. 18 in passing offense (270.27) and total offense (426.25) … ranks No. 2 in the Big South in receptions per game and receiving yards per game … ranks No. 3 in total receiving yards and No. 4 in total receptions … missed two games during the season due to injury … finished with two of his three receiving touchdowns in Big South play (Coastal Carolina and Charleston Southern) … 61.6 percent of his receiving yards were against Big South opponents (364 out of 591) … posted his third career 100-yard game against a Big South opponent this year, leading the Flames with six receptions for 105 yards against VMI.

OL – Toney White (R-Sr.)
One of four players on the offensive line to start all 11 games (right tackle) … graded out at 85 percent … recorded 58 knockdowns … graded out at 90 percent against VMI, Presbyterian College and Coastal Carolina … part of the offensive line that was named the team's Offensive Player of the Week against Coastal Carolina …key part of Liberty's offensive line that helped the Flames finish the year ranked No. 7 in the country in scoring offense (35.91 points per game), No. 18 in passing offense (270.27) and total offense (426.25) … Liberty was also ranked No. 12 in passing efficiency (150.20), No. 20 in first down offense (21.45 per game) and No. 22 in tackles for a loss allowed (5.00 per game) … helped the Flames finish the year rank No. 2 in third-down efficiency (51.05 percent/73-of-143) and No. 17 in fourth-down efficiency (61.54 percent/8-of-13).

OL – Aaron Lundy (R-Jr.)
One of four players on the offensive line to start all 11 games (right guard) … one of only two junior team captains … graded out at 89 percent, highest grade for a Liberty offensive lineman this season … graded out at 92 percent against VMI … recorded 90 knockdowns … allowed only one sack … part of the offensive line that was named the team's Offensive Player of the Week against Coastal Carolina … key part of Liberty's offensive line that helped the Flames finish the year ranked No. 7 in the country in scoring offense (35.91 points per game), No. 18 in passing offense (270.27) and total offense (426.25) … Liberty was also ranked No. 12 in passing efficiency (150.20), No. 20 in first down offense (21.45 per game) and No. 22 in tackles for a loss allowed (5.00 per game) … helped the Flames finish the year rank No. 2 in third-down efficiency (51.05 percent/73-of-143).

DL – Asa Chapman (Sr.)
Reigning All-America nose guard … played in the final eight games of the season, starting the last six games at nose guard … finished the season as Liberty's top defensive linemen in terms of total tackles … one of three defensive players to cross the 100-tackkle threshold during the 2011 season, finishing his career as Liberty's active tackler leader (126 stops) … finished four games with five or more tackles, with all four games coming against Big South foes … ranked fifth on the team with 28 tackles in Big South games … 80.0 percent of his tackles on the season were in Big South games … started of Big South play with a season-high seven tackles … six solo stops against Presbyterian College … helped Liberty's defense finish the season ranked No. 31 in scoring defense (22.00 points per game), No. 32 in red zone defense (74.2 percent) and No. 38 in total defense (343.27 yards per game).

DL – Francis Bah (R-So.)
Played in all 11 games and started two … first-year defender (played fullback last year) … finished the year ranked No. 3 in the Big South in tackles for a loss (1.05 per game) … ranked No. 7 in the league in sacks (0.36 per game) … second on the team and 11th in the Big South among defensive linemen with 33 tackles … during his first career game as a defender, he finished with four tackles, two tackles for a loss, a nine-yard sack and a fumble recovery with a 32-yard touchdown return against N.C. State … 22 of his 33 tackles on the year came in Big South games … finished the Coastal Carolina game with a season-high eight stops (four solo, four assisted) … closed out the year with five stops against Stony Brook (one solo, four assisted) in the Big South title game.

LB – Nick Sigmon (R-Fr.)
Started all 11 games this year at middle linebacker … Liberty's most consistent defensive player, recording six or more tackles in six games … ranked third on the team and ninth among linebackers in the Big South with 60 stops … second on the team in tackles for a loss and solo tackles … posted two double-digit tackle performances of the season, both coming against Big South opponents (Charleston Southern/11 tackles, Presbyterian College/10 tackles) … had a season-high seven solo stops in the game against Presbyterian College … helped Liberty's defense finish the season ranked No. 31 in scoring defense (22.00 points per game), No. 32 in red zone defense (74.2 percent) and No. 38 in total defense (343.27 yards per game).

DB – Walt Aikens (R-So.)
Started all 11 games at boundary corner in his first year with the program ... ranked fourth on the team with 49 tackles … led the Big South and ranked No. 28 nationally with three forced fumbles … 31 of his 49 tackles on the season came against Big South opponents … finished seven games with four or more tackles … began his Liberty career with four solo tackles, two forced fumbles, a quarterback hurry and a 14-yard sack against N.C. State … finished the Charleston Southern game with a season-high eight tackles (five solo, three assisted) … six stops against VMI, including five solo tackles … closed out the year with seven tackles (four solo, three assisted) against Stony Brook in the Big South title game … helped Liberty's defense finish the season ranked No. 31 in scoring defense (22.00 points per game), No. 32 in red zone defense (74.2 percent) and No. 38 in total defense (343.27 yards per game).

DB – Kevin Fogg (Jr.)
Played in all 11 games … ranked seventh on the team in total tackles despite not starting a game … more than doubled his career total, as he entered the season with 43 stops during his first two seasons of competition … finished six games with five or more tackles … had a career game against NCAA FCS Playoff participant James Madison, finishing the game with eight tackles (seven solo, one assisted) … seven tackles against Presbyterian College (six solo, one assisted) … led the team and ranked No. 3 in the Big South with three interceptions … also added two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery … finished the year ranked No. 1 in the country in kickoff return average (33.5 yards) and was the only Division I player in the country (both FBS and FCS) to return three kickoffs for a touchdown in 2011 … also added a blocked field goal to his special teams resume for the 2011 season.

All-Academic – Matt Bevins (Sr.)
Two-time first-team All-America kicker … finished his career as Liberty's and the Big South's all-time career scoring leader with 309 points … one of active FCS kickers on the country to score 300 or more points during their careers … Liberty program records held: kicker scoring, field goals (58) and field goal attempts (77) … Big South records held: overall scoring, kicker scoring, field goals, field goal attempts, 50-plus yard field goals (3) and 40-plus yard field goals (14) … battled injury most of the season and missed four games … suffered the injury during the third week of the year and was limited the remainder of the season … was fourth on Liberty's roster with 41 points scored in 2011.