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Terrell and Jackson Bring Home Big South Honors After Tusculum Game
Terrell (Jr., RB, Manassas Park, Va.) led the Flames' offensive attack Saturday, rushing for 153 yards on 21 carries and a touchdown against Tusculum, which was last season's No. 2 rushing defense in NCAA Division II. His one-yard touchdown run midway through the second quarter was Liberty's first TD of the year and allowed the Flames to retake the lead at 10-7. He also caught two passes for 12 yards out of the backfield.
The 153-yard total marked the third-best rushing performance of his Liberty career, and it was his seventh-consecutive game with a rushing touchdown. Terrell also moved into the Big South's all-time Top 10 in career rushing yards, as he now ranks ninth in league history with 1,494 yards.
Jackson (R-Sr., WR/RS, Jacksonville, Fla.) averaged 13.8 yards on four punt returns Saturday against the Pioneers, including a 65-yard punt return for a touchdown in the second quarter to extend Liberty's lead to 17-7. It marked his first career punt return TD and was the second kick-related touchdown return in his career. Jackson, a Big South preseason all-conference return specialist selection, also added a kickoff return for 19 yards against Tusculum.
The remaining pair of honors were bestowed upon VMI linebacker Joe Taylor, who was named New Balance Defensive Player of the Week, and Gardner-Webb's Tyson Petty, who grabbed Freshman of the Week accolades.
Liberty closes out a brief two-game, season-opening homestand this weekend, when the Flames welcome Shippensburg to Williams Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7:05 p.m., Saturday evening.