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LibertyFlames.com Releases its Rocco Weekly Review Leading Into the St. Francis 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 St. Francis this Saturday.
The contest marks Liberty's return home after a two-game road swing, where the Flames dropped consecutive games to William & Mary and Elon.
During the interview, Coach Rocco recapped the squad's preparation for the Red Flash, Liberty third-straight predominately passing opponent.
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.
Focusing in on the Flash
St. Francis has dropped its first two games of the 2007 season. The Red Flash opened the year with a 21-14 home loss to Morehead State, followed by a 28-14 setback at Robert Morris in the program's Northeast Conference opener.
For the third-straight week, Liberty will square off against a Top 20 passing offense. St. Francis is averaging 265.50 passing yards per game, which ranks No. 17 nationally.
The Red Flash's quarterback, George Little, ranks No. 11 in the country in total offensive yards (275.50). The junior's top target this year has been wide receiver Antoine Rivera, who ranks No. 3 in the nation by averaging 144.0 receiving yards per game.
St. Francis has been limited on the ground this year, rushing for only 66 yards over its first two games. Anthony Richards leads the squad, running for 54 yards on 21 carries.
Defensively, the Red Flash rank No. 5 nationally in tackles for a loss (10.0 per game), No. 11 in sacks (3.5 per game) and No. 20 in passing defense (150.0 yards per game).
Lewis Scott paces St. Francis' defensive efforts with a team-high 18 tackles. Matthew Parker follows closely behind with 15 tackles, including 5.0 tackles for a loss, which ranks him No. 5 in the country in the statistical category.