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Countdown to Kickoff: Flames Host Annual Media Day on Sunday

August 19, 2007
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Junior quarterback Brock Smith talks with WSET-TV (Channel 13/ABC) about the upcoming season.

Junior quarterback Brock Smith talks with WSET-TV (Channel 13/ABC) about the upcoming season.

2007 Countdown to Kickoff Central

One day after training camp officially closed, the Flames football team returned to Williams Stadium to host its annual Media Day, Sunday afternoon.

Media Day kicked off with the team photo at 3 p.m., in front of the Williams Football Operations Center, utilizing the picturesque facility as a backdrop to the large group snapshot.

After taking uniform and video headshots inside the building, the team emerged onto the turf to greet fans and conduct interviews with the local media.

Besides the television, radio and newspaper interviews conducted with the players and members of the coaching staff, LibertyFlames.com made its way around the stadium, talking with several key components of this year's squad.

Click below to hear LibertyFlames.com's one-on-one interviews with the following players: Eddie Pinigis, Brock Smith, Wynton Jackson, Chris Summers, Stevie Ray Lloyd, Ryan Greiser, Rashad Jennings, Steven Ackley, Chris Luck and Vince Redd.

Media Day player one-on-one interviews

Liberty's classes open tomorrow and head coach Danny Rocco has adjusted the Flames' practice schedule for Monday and Tuesday, allowing the team to get acclimated to their daily academic routine.

Monday and Tuesday, the Flames will practice in the evenings from 6:45 – 9 p.m. on the turf at Williams Stadium, followed by an off day on Wednesday.

LibertyFlames.com will continue its Countdown to Kickoff campaign tomorrow, when the web site brings you through a complete two-a-day schedule. We will delve into the longest days of training camp, which begin at 6:30 a.m. and continue until curfew at 11 p.m.

Liberty's photographer, Les Schofer, helps place the Flames in the right spot of this year's team photo.

After the team photo, group photos were taken at the 50-yard line, including the equipment managers photo.

Coach Rocco closed out the photo session by taking a picture with each first-year player, including freshman linebacker Patrick Bannon.

Kelley Deyo, this year's sideline reporter for the Flames Sports Network television broadcasts, conducted one-on-one interviews with each team captain, starting with defensive lineman Steven Ackley.