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Flames Midseason Review with Head Coach Danny Rocco

October 14, 2007
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Flames Midseason Review with Head Coach Danny Rocco

Flames Midseason Review with Head Coach Danny Rocco

During the football team's off week leading up to its Big South opener on Oct. 20 against Charleston Southern, LibertyFlames.com will be visiting with each of the program's coordinators and head coach Danny Rocco. Today, we conclude our midseason review, as we sit down with Rocco, the skipper of the Flames' ship.

Rocco kicks off the interview session by looking back at the first half of the year for his team, giving us a progress update. He talks about the progress the team has made so far this season in the kicking game, breaking down the unique relationship of placekicker Noah Greenbaum and punter Zac Kolegue. Rocco discusses how supportive and professional they are of each other, settling into their roles, before listing a few areas Liberty needs to improve with regards to red zone defense and third-down offense heading into Big South play.

Moving on, Rocco speaks about the offense, touching on the progress of quarterback Brock Smith. After which, he discusses the importance of having Rashad Jennings and Zach Terrell in the backfield together, something Rocco points out that the Flames have only had three games this season. Rocco goes in-depth on the wide receiving core of Wynton Jackson, Dominic Bolden and Brandon Turner, before closing up the offensive review on the youngsters, like Spencer Landis, Wes Cheek and Zach Davis.

Defensively, Rocco speaks on the leadership qualities of players like Stephen Ackley and Stevie Ray Lloyd, two blue-collar athletes, who lead by example. Rocco was then posed the question about a timetable for Nick Hursky's return before speaking on the progress of safety Ryan Greiser, a player in his second season in the secondary.

Moving onto special teams, Rocco discusses the explosive combination of Wynton Jackson and Dominic Bolden, and gives the listeners some insight into how Liberty has adjusted to the NCAA rule change, as college programs are now kicking off from the 30-yard line. Rocco talks about how much confidence he has in his two returners, making the opponent re-kick the ball, instead of taking possession at the 35-yard line.

Rocco closes the session talking about the start of Big South play, telling his team every week the happenings in conference play, keeping them focused on the mission at hand. The session concluded with the importance of the Charleston Southern game, the first and most important step, to bringing home Liberty's first Big South Conference championship.

Today's interview marks the final of four Flames Midseason Review audio sessions. LibertyFlames.com offers the previous three sessions with offensive coordinator Scott Wachenheim, defensive coordinator Tom Clark and special teams coordinator Chad Wilt below, or on the football multimedia page, which can be accessed by clicking multimedia at the top of the page.

Previous Flames Midseason Review Sessions:
Oct. 11 – Offensive Review with Scott Wachenheim
Oct. 12 – Defensive Review with Tom Clark
Oct. 13 – Special teams Review with Chad Wilt