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Short-Yardage Drills Play Prominent Role in Friday's Spring Football Practice

April 6, 2007
|  Lynchburg, Va.
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The Flames braved the chilly Lynchburg weather during Friday's practice session at Williams Stadium.

The Flames braved the chilly Lynchburg weather during Friday's practice session at Williams Stadium.

On a cold and windy day at Williams Stadium, the Liberty football team completed an impressive practice on Friday afternoon, its eighth practice of the 15 scheduled for the spring football campaign. 

"I thought this was one of the best practices we've had this spring. There was a lot of enthusiasm, and the players practiced hard," stated Liberty head coach Danny Rocco. "The players did the things we asked them to do in terms of technique and fundamentals." 

During the two-hour practice, the Flames continued to implement various phases of their offense, especially focusing on goal-line and short-yardage sets. The day concluded with a period of scrimmage, marking the second-consecutive day practice concluded with such a period of time. 

"Getting a chance to scrimmage is a good thing. The players are starting to play at a faster speed and they are seeing things quicker. Because of that, they are playing with more confidence. Also, scrimmaging really helps develop our younger players because it gives them live work," commented Rocco. 

On the offensive side of the ball, Brock Smith delivered a notable performance. Smith, boosted by the return to practice of wide receiver Brandon Turner, continued to impress the few that braved the chilly temperatures in attendance at the practice session. Defensively, Coach Rocco declared, "Kent Hicks had his best day of the spring. He has a chance to be a very special player." 

Liberty football will continue its spring practice schedule on Saturday, as they return to the FieldTurf at Williams Stadium. During the final practice of the weekend, the coaching staff plans to begin the integration of drills focusing on performance in the red zone. The Saturday practice is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.