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Hagen and Sigmon Named to Sports Network Preseason All-America Teams
This is the fifth season in a row the Flames have had a representative on the Sports Network FCS Preseason All-America teams and the fourth-consecutive year Liberty has placed multiple players on the listings.
Liberty was one of three Big South programs to have multiple selections on this year's Sports Network FCS Preseason All-America teams.
Gardner-Webb led the way for the league with three selections, including one first, second and third-team honoree, while Coastal Carolina had a first and second-team honoree.
Hagen had a breakout season in 2013, earning Associated Press FCS All-America honors (third team), as well as being selected All-Big South first team and VaSID all-state first team.
Hagen finished the 2013 season with a career-best 61 tackles (34 solo, 27 assisted), which nearly doubled his career total through his first two seasons with the Flames (76 tackles).
He led the Big South and ranked No. 9 in the country in interceptions per game (0.5). His six picks during his junior season were the most interceptions by a Flame since Richard Shelton, who played five years in the NFL, finished the 1987 season with a half-dozen interceptions for Liberty.
Sigmon has been one of Liberty's defensive leaders each of the three years he has played. He earned Big South second-team all-conference honors in 2011 and was a first-team All-Big South selection in 2012 and 2013.
The senior linebacker has started 32 career games and is Liberty's active career leader with 174 career tackles in three years of play. Sigmon tied for the team lead and ranked No. 4 in the Big South in 2013 with 62 stops, including a team-best 32 assisted tackles. Additionally, 32 of his 62 tackles came against Big South competition.
Thanks to Hagen's six interceptions and Sigmon's third career pick, Liberty was able to finish the 2013 season ranked No. 5 in the country in passes intercepted (19) and No. 3 in turnover margin (1.3).
Hagen and Sigmon have already garnered national attention this year. Both players have been named to their respective positions College Football Performance Awards watch lists.