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LibertyFlames.com Releases its Rocco Weekly Review Leading Into the Elon Game
LibertyFlames.com had a chance to speak with head coach Danny Rocco just after the conclusion of Thursday's practice at William Stadium, the team's final tune-up before taking on Elon this Saturday.
The contest marks Liberty's second-straight road game, after suffering a 48-41 setback at William & Mary last weekend in double overtime.
During the interview, Coach Rocco recapped the impact Rashad Jennings had on the Flames offense last Saturday at William & Mary. He also spoke about the strong showing Liberty fans had in Williamsburg and he urged the Flames faithful to make the trek down to Elon this weekend.
Rocco closed out the interview session by previewing Elon's offense, pitting Liberty against another Top 5 passing program.
Be sure to check back each Friday to hear the Rocco Weekly Review to get your last-minute update on the Flames before they take to the field on Saturday.
Following the Phoenix
Elon enters today's game off a week of rest, following a bye week after the first two weeks of the season. The Phoenix opened the 2007 campaign with a strong showing against South Florida, eventually falling, 28-13, late to the FBS program. Elon rebounded the next weekend, with a resounding defeat of West Virginia Wesleyan, 59-16, in its home opener on Sept. 8.
For the second week in a row, the Flames are going to face one of the nation's Top 5 passing offenses. Last week, Liberty allowed William & Mary to pass for 353 yards and three touchdowns, moving the Tribe into the national lead in passing offense (353.67 yards per game).
Elon enters this weekend's game ranked No. 4 in the country in passing offense. The Phoenix are averaging 313.50 passing yards per game, having thrown for 627 yards and five touchdowns over their first two contests.
Scott Riddle is responsible for Elon's aerial juggernaut. The true freshman has completed 63.6 percent of his pass attempts (56-of-88) for 572 yards and four touchdowns. He currently ranks No. 15 nationally in average total offensive yards (275.0).
Riddle's top target has been Terrell Hudgins. The sophomore leads the nation with 22 receptions (averaging 11.0 per game) for 234 yards and two touchdowns.
The Phoenix's ground attack has been split between Brandon Newsome and T.J. Clegg. Newsome leads the squad with 14 rushes for 85 yards and a score, followed by Clegg's 13 carries for 36 yards.
Defensively, Corey Weaver leads the team with 15 tackles, including 11 solo stops. The junior linebacker currently is tied for No. 8 in the country in tackles for a loss (4.5 for 14 yards).