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Rice to Sit Out 2014 Season after Knee Surgery
Liberty Head Football Coach Turner Gill released his post spring practice depth chart today, which included news that all-conference running back Desmond Rice will miss the 2014 season.
The rising senior suffered a knee injury recently and underwent surgery to repair the injury on Tuesday. Rice, who played in nine games as a true freshman in 2011, is slated to return to Liberty's backfield in 2015.
Last season, Rice earned All-Big South second-team honors after a career year in which he rushed for 967 yards and 16 touchdowns. He ranked second in the Big South in yards per rush (5.2) and his 16 rushing touchdowns were the second-highest single-season total in Liberty's program history.
Gill's post spring practice depth chart lists rising junior D.J. Abnar as Liberty's starting running back heading into preseason workouts. In 2013, Abnar rushed for 411 yards and six touchdowns, while adding eight receptions for 102 yards, all of which were career-high numbers for Abnar.
Liberty's football players are slated to report back to campus on July 30 and hold their first preseason workout on July 31. The Flames will open the 2014 season on the road at North Carolina on Aug. 30 and will have their home opener against Brevard on Sept. 13.