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Rocco Weekly Review Released in Preparation for Homecoming Game against Presbyterian
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 Presbyterian, this Saturday, in Liberty's annual Homecoming game.
Saturday's contest renews an old rivalry, which originated when Liberty and Presbyterian played each other four-consecutive seasons during the mid-1980s. Liberty won the first meeting, 24-12, in Clinton, S.C., on Oct. 30, 1982.
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.
Taking a Peak at Presbyterian
The Blue Hose enter the contest riding a four-game winning streak, including back-to-back wins against Big South Conference members VMI and Coastal Carolina. Last weekend, Presbyterian overcame a 24-point deficit to defeat Coastal Carolina in overtime, 41-34, upping its record to 5-3 on the year.
Presbyterian has begun its transition to full-time NCAA FCS Division I membership this year and be a full-fledged Big South Conference member, starting in 2011.
The Blue Hose boast the most potent passing attack at the FCS level this year. If they were eligible for national rankings, Presbyterian would lead the nation in passing yards (Brown currently does, averaging 344.2 yards passing per game).
Presbyterian is averaging 354.9 passing yards per game, to go along with 25 touchdown passes. Quarterback Tim Webb has passed for 1,761 yards and 15 touchdowns, with the junior completing 70.1 percent of his pass attempts (122-of-174). Back-up signal caller Grayson Mullins has thrown for 980 yards and nine scores.
Ten different receivers have pulled in touchdown passes, led by Terrance Butler. The junior sits atop the team's receiving list, having collected 762 receiving yards and six touchdowns.
When the Blue Hose decided to go to the ground game, S.J. Worrell is the athlete they look to. The running back leads the squad, with 527 rushing yards and five touchdowns over the first eight games of the season.
Linebacker Chris Bowman leads the Blue Hose's defensive efforts, having tallied 54 tackles, including five for loss and three pass break ups. He is followed by free safety Caleb Massengill, who has 52 tackles to his credit, including a team-best 25 solo stops.