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Training Camp Position Previews: Offensive Line

August 7, 2017
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With Liberty's football training camp now under way, LibertyFlames.com continues its annual position preview segments today by looking at the Flames' offensive line.

The Flames return four players who started throughout the 2016 season for Liberty on the offensive line in Dontae Duff, Sam Isaacson, Julio Lozano and James Passmore.

Duff started all 11 games in 2016 and was named to the HERO Sports FCS Freshman All-America team. He started at three different positions (center, right guard and left guard) and graded out as Liberty's second best offensive lineman. He led the team in knockdowns and ranked second by allowing 2.0 sacks.

Passmore was inserted into the Flames' starting lineup midway through the season, starting the last six games at right guard. Isaacson started nine of Liberty's 11 games at right tackle. Additionally, Lozano, a junior college transfer from Kilgore College, started five of the last six games at left tackle in 2016 after getting acclimated to the Flames' offensive system.

The Flames will also see the return of Michael Henderman, who missed a major of the season due to a back injury. Henderman, who is one of four team captains this year, saw playing time early in the year against Jacksonville and SMU before his injury shut him down for the year.

Last year, Liberty's offensive line helped freshman quarterback Stephen Calvert throw for 1,931 yards, third most by a freshman in program history. Liberty also ranked No. 19 in the country in fourth down conversion percentage (63.2 percent/12-of-19) and No. 37 in turnover margin (0.36).

The Flames ranked second in the Big South in passing offense (205.3 yards per game) and tied for the conference lead with 18 passing touchdowns. Liberty ranked third in the Big South in scoring offense, averaging 27.5 points per game.

Following the team's first day off of training camp on Sunday, the Flames began their second week of workouts on Monday morning by battling some rain showers. Tomorrow, LibertyFlames.com will visit with Flames Head Coach Turner Gill, who will recap Liberty's first scrimmage of the year held last Saturday and look ahead to this week's workout.