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Rocco Weekly Review Completes LibertyFlames.com's Preparation for Coastal Carolina Tilt
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 Coastal Carolina, this Saturday.
The Flames and the Chanticleers have met on the gridiron each year the Chanticleers have fielded a football team. Liberty won the first meeting, 38-21, in Lynchburg in 2003. However, the Chanticleers have laid claim to a victory during the past three matches, giving them a 3-1 series lead. In 2005, Coastal Carolina survived a late rally from Liberty in the squad's last meeting in Conway, S.C., for a 28-26 win.
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.
Checking out the Chants
Coastal Carolina has played the toughest schedule in program history since its inaugural season in 2003. The stern test has left the three-time defending Big South champions with a 3-5 overall record and a 1-0 mark in league action.
Today's contest will pit a pair of Top 25 rushing attacks against one another. Liberty is averaging 207.9 team rushing yards per game to rank No. 20. Coastal Carolina follows just behind the Flames, averaging 201.9 rushing yards per game to rank No. 25.
Fresh off a 244-yard rushing outing against VMI, reigning Big South Offensive Player of the Week Mike Tolbert leads the Chanticleers ground attack. The fullback has rushed for 506 yards and a team-best six touchdowns on the year.
The Chanticleers boast of the best passing defense in the nation, holding opponents to a slim 132.8 passing yards per game. The stellar passing defensive effort is thanks in part to the play of Marrio Norman, a strong safety, who ranks No. 11 in the country with four interceptions.