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Fogg and Wright Named Sports Network Preseason All-Americans
Kevin Fogg and Richard Wright were two of the 98 players named to the Sports Network FCS Preseason All-America listing, which was released earlier today.
Wright was a first-team selection at long snapper, while Fogg was a second-team honoree as a kickoff return specialist.
A total of 59 FCS programs had players named to the Sports Network FCS Preseason All-America teams (first, second and third), with 22 programs having multiple selections. Two-time defending NCAA FCS national champion North Dakota State led all programs with five All-Americans on the preseason honors list.
Wright, Liberty's three-year starter at long snapper, is a two-time Big South first-team all-conference honoree (2011 and 2012) and was named a College Sporting News Fabulous Fifty FCS All-America first-team selection in 2011.
Wright has worked with many decorated players during his three years at Liberty, including All-America kicker Matt Bevins, plus all-conference punters Mike Larsson and Grant Bowden and kicker John Lunsford.
Last year, Wright snapped for both Lunsford and Bowden, helping the pair of first-year players earned Big South second-team all-conference accolades.
Lunsford ranked third on the team last year in scoring (46 points) and was No. 2 in the Big South in field goals (eight) as a true freshman. After transferring from Virginia Tech, Bowden ranked second in the Big South in punting average (39.4 yards per punt) and was the Big South Special Teams Player of the Week the final two regular season weeks of the year.
Fogg suffered a non-contact injury following four games of action in 2012, leading up to Liberty's Big South opener against Gardner-Webb and missed the rest of the season. However, the Raleigh, N.C., native was given an additional year of eligibility when the NCAA approved his medical hardship waiver earlier this year.
Through four games in 2012, Fogg was one of Liberty's special teams and defensive leaders. The cornerback ranked third on the team with 18 tackles and was leading the Flames with 13 solo stops. He also had recorded 2.0 tackles for a loss, two pass breakups, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
Fogg was also the Flames' top return specialist. He was leading the team with 11 kickoff returns for 254 yards (23.1 average yards per return) and nine punt returns for 94 yards (10.4 average yards per return).
Fogg spotlighted his early season special teams' efforts with a 77-yard punt return for a touchdown against No. 24 Norfolk State. It marked the fourth special teams return for a touchdown of his career.
In 2011, Fogg was a consensus All-America first-team kickoff return specialist after leading the country in kickoff return average (33.5 yards per return) and three returns for a touchdown. He was one of only two Division I players in the country in 2011 (FCS or FBS) to return three kickoffs for a touchdown.
He was named a first-team All-American by the Sports Network, College Sporting News and Walter Camp Foundation.
Fogg was a Sports Network FCS Preseason All-America first-team honoree last year as a kickoff return specialist.