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Smith, Redd Stand Out During Saturday's Spring Practice

April 7, 2007
|  Lynchburg, Va.
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Smith, Redd Stand Out During Saturday's Spring Practice
With cold temperatures noted through the country and a wind chill around 25 in the greater Lynchburg area, the Liberty Flames football team continued its spring season on Saturday. 

"We ignored the weather as the players are focused right now," commented head coach Danny Rocco about the frigid April temperatures. "The players came out here today to get better and we walk off the field having accomplished that goal." 

During the day's events, Liberty continued to implement its offense, focusing especially on the red zone portion of its game plan. "We covered all the situations, first and second down, third down, and the red zone, which was the focus of our teaching today," Rocco offered. The Flames also continued to run a great deal of plays from scrimmage, running 96 plays during a 70-minute segment during the latter part of practice. 

Offensively, Brock Smith continued his outstanding spring performance, helping the offense score on each of the three possessions they had during the practice's scrimmaging. "Brock is showing maturity, confidence and poise," stated Rocco. "He's making good decisions, and moving the offense down the field. I think it's a good sign of things to come." Defensively, Vince Redd had a strong practice, showing skills both in coverage and in pass rushing. 

The Flames will continue their spring practice schedule on Wednesday, as they return to the FieldTurf at Williams Stadium with the practice session starting at 4:15 p.m. 

"What we plan to implement next week is our two-minute offense and defense," commented Rocco about next Wednesday's practice. "We will also have a period of seven-on-seven drills. We'll really start working on our passing game as that is obviously a primary focus of the two-minute offense. We are at the point where we want to finish off the spring season with some emphasis on our throwing game."